St. Louis, Mo., April 1, 2017 - The Washington University in St. Louis track and field program totaled 13 first place finishes in the final day of the WashU Invitational Saturday evening as the Bears women and men both led the 12 team field at Bushyhead track.
The WashU women finished the invitational with 287 points, more than doubling runner-up Illinois Wesleyan's 117. The men also placed first with 161.5 points in route to finishing ahead of North Central's 145 second place point total.
Seniors Rebecca Ridderhoff, Ashley Knudson, junior Annalise Wagner and freshman Sara Mesiano ran to a first place finish in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:52.33. The time ranks as the third best this season in Division III and the fifth best was achieved by seniors Daisy Ogede, Kelli Hancock and freshmen Nicky Althoff and Anna Cossio who placed second (3:55.56).
Ridderhoff placed first in the 400 hurdles with the top Division III time, 1:00.47 as Hancock placed second. Hancock's 1:01.35 time ranks third in the country.
Ogede ran to a first place finish in the 100 hurdles and 100 dash. She crossed the finish line in 14.50 seconds during the hurdles and 12.08 for the dash. Ogede's hurdle time ranks second in the nation while Ridderhoff was a split second behind her with a time of 14.65, which ranks third in the country. Ogede's 100 dash time is fifth in the country. The Bears totaled the top-5 times in the hurdles as Caitlin Cheeseboro (15.64), Cienna Jordan (15.79) and Jay Pittman (15.91) followed Ogede and Ridderhoff.
Knudson captured first in the 800 with a time of 2:10.90 and ranks third in Division III while Wagner placed second with the fourth best time in the country, 2:11.87.
Senior Deko Ricketts ran to a Francis Field Stadium record in the 800 placing first with a time of 1:49.61. Ricketts time ranks second in Division III. Senior Conor Cashner placed third in the 800 (1:54.93).
Sophomore Jason Singer, freshman Jon Fleming, sophomore Eddie Wintergalen and Ricketts finished with the fastest time in the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:17.78. The group's time is third in Division III this season.
Freshman Nick Matteucci won the 1,500 with a time of 3:53.81 as the Bears totaled three of the top Division III times when senior Mike Sullivan (3:55.01) and sophomore Chris Blagg (3:55.74) posted the top-3 finishes. Matteucci's time ranks fifth, Sullivan ranks seventh and Blagg ranks ninth in the country.
The Bears men and women also scored first place finishes in the 4x100 relay. The women were led by sophomore Jay Pittman, Hancock, Ridderhoff and Ogede to a 48.37 time, which ranks eighth in the nation. On the men's side, Wintergalen, sophomore CJ Chin, Singer and junior Roderick Smith finished the course in 42.57 for the 16th best time in Division III this season.
Junior Audrey Western ran to a first place finish in the 1,500 with the 10th best time in Division III this season, 4:39.40 while sophomore Abby Martin also finished with the nation's 10th best time in the steeplechase, 11:21.74. Martin was first among the competitors at the WashU Invite as the Bears totaled the top-4 times with sophomore Molly Shepherd (11:30.07), sophomore Lisa Gorham (11:42.39) and junior Mattie Gottbrath (11:58.22).
The men's pole vault featured the top-2 marks in Division III this season as the Bears' senior Everett Kleven placed second with a mark of 5.05m. Junior Jacob Rother and freshman Brandon Hutchison also reached 4.50m which tied the tandem with several others for 19th in the nation.
In addition to scoring 13 first place finishes, WashU finished Saturday with 24 top-20 marks with Division III this season. WashU will return to action Fri.-Sat., Apr. 7-8 at the Saint Louis University Invite.
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