Bears Outrace Opposition to Win Saint Louis University Invite

Photo by Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photos
Photo by Mary Butkus/WUSTL Photos

St. Louis, Mo., April 8, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis track & field program totaled 11 first place finishes on Saturday as both the men and women placed first amongst the competition at the Saint Louis University Invite.

In a field of eight teams including Division I SLU and several Division II programs, WashU totaled 218 points to outpace the hosting Billikens' 180 points. The WashU women outscored the runner-up Billiken women by 49 points with 248 points.

Senior Rebecca Ridderhoff's 400 hurdle time highlighted the day as she finished the course in less than a minute to set a new WashU record. She finished in first place with a time of 59.38, which ranks 10th all-time in Division III history. Ridderhoff's time is the top mark in Division III this season, while senior Kelli Hancock placed second with the nation's second best time – 1:01.09. Freshman Anna Cossio finished in 1:03.95 and placed fourth with the 16th best time in Division III this year.

Ridderhoff also combined efforts with Hanock, junior Annalise Wagner and senior Ashley Knudson for a first place time in the 4x400-relay, 3:48.78. The group's time leads Division III this season, while freshman Nicky Althoff, Cossio, freshman Sara Mesiano and  senior Anna Bailes ran to the 18th fastest time in country this season, 4:01.23.

Senior Daisy Ogede also dominated the field with four total first place finishes, including three individually. She ran to first place finishes in the 200 dash (24.12), 100 dash (12.01), 100 hurdles (14.58) and the 4x100-relay (48.72). Ogede's 200 time ranks first in the country while her 100 dash time ranks fifth. Teaming up with Ogede in the 4x100-relay were sophomore Jay Pittman, Hancock and Ridderhoff. 

Placing for the men with Division III top-25 marks were senior Everett Kleven, freshman Brandon Hutchison and freshman Nick Matteucci. Kleven and Hutchison both finished the day with a height of 4.70m's in the pole vault. Kleven won the event by clearing 4.70m in his first attempt while Hutchison placed second by clearing it in his second try. The height ranks 14th among Division III competitors this season. 

Matteucci placed second with a time of 3:52.07 in the 1,500m run. His time ranks fourth in the country. Junior Michael Billington, sophomore CJ Chin, sophomore Jason Singer and junior Roderick Smith combined efforts for a first place finish in the 4x100-relay with a time of 42.74.

Also scoring first place finishes for the Bears women were sophomore Heidi Nassos in triple jump (10.94m), Althoff in 400 dash (58.83) and Knudson in the 800 (2:12.20).

The Bears will return to action Friday, April 14 in Greenville, Ill. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Top-5 Finishes:


Nicky Althoff – 400 (58.83, First)

Anna Bailes – 400 hurdles (1:07.82, Fifth)

Anika Boyd – Pole Vault (3.00m, Third)

Anna Cossio – 400 hurdles (1:03.95, Fourth); High Jump (1.55m, Third)

Sarah Curci – 5,000 (18:28.52, Fifth)

Lisa Gorham – 5,000 (18:20.62, Fourth)

Mattie Gottbrath – 5,000 (18:10.85, Third)

Kelli Hancock – 400 hurdles (1:01.09, Second); 4x400-Relay (3:48.78, First); 4x100-Relay (48.72, First)

Cienna Jordan – Long Jump (4.98m, Third)

Rachel Kershner – Javelin (34.64m, Fifth)

Ashley Knudson – 800 (2:12.20, First), 4x400-Relay (3:48.78, First)

Abby Martin – 1,500 (4:50.63, Third)

Anna Mauer – (4:52.91, Fifth)

Sara McCutcheon – Triple Jump (10.01m, Fifth)

Dominique Meyer – Pole Vault (3.45m, Second)

Madeleine Mullen – Pole Vault (2.70m, Fifth)

Heidi Nassos – Triple Jump (10.94m, First); Pole Vault (3.75, First)

Daisy Ogede – 100 (12.01, First); 200 (24.12, First); 4x100-Relay (48.72, First); 100 hurdles (14.58, First)

Jay Pittman – 4x100-Relay (48.72, First); 100 hurdles (15.39, Fourth)

Rebecca Ridderhoff400 hurdles (59.38, First); 4x400-Relay (3:48.78, First); 4x100-Relay (48.72, First); 100 hurdles (15.11, Third)

Natalie Rogus – 1,500 (4:44.35, Second)

Molly Shepherd – 1,500 (4:52.39, Fourth)

Nicole Thraum – Pole Vault (2.70m, Fifth)

Annalise Wagner – 800 (2:15.11, Fourth), 4x400-Relay (3:48.78, First)



Randy Bentley – Discus (35.79, Fifth); Shot Put (12.17m, Fourth); Javelin (49.82m, Third)

Michael Billington – 4x100-Relay (42.74, First)

Matthew Coe – Javelin (43.70m, Fourth)

Conor Cashner – 4x400-Relay (3:27.82, Second)

CJ Chin – 4x100-Relay (42.74, First); 100 dash (11.29. Fifth)

Greigory Dimailig – 4x400-Relay (3:27.82, Second)

Jon Fleming – 4x400-Relay (3:27.82, Second)

Tim Goblirsch – Pole Vault (4.40m, Fourth)

Jacob Gray – 110 hurdles (16.80, Third); 400 hurdles (1:01.22, Second)

Brandon Hutchison – Pole Vault (4.70m, Second)

Everett Kleven – Pole Vault (4.70m, First)

Jack MacCarthy – Triple Jump (11.63m, Fourth); 110 hurdles (16.84, Fourth)

Nick Matteucci – 1,500 (3:52.07, Second)

Collis McKenzie – High Jump (1.90m, Third); Triple Jump (12.44m, Third)

Ezugo Onejeme – Triple Jump (13.18m, Second); Long Jump (6.30m, Third)

Quin Preston – Shot Put (11.48m, Fifth); Hammer (40.66m, First)

Deko Ricketts – 4x400-Relay (3:27.82, Second)

Jacob Rother – Pole Vault (4.40m, Third)

Jason Singer – 4x100-Relay (42.74, First); 400 dash (50.49, Fifth); 200 dash (22.52, Fourth)

Roderick Smith – 4x100-Relay (42.74, First); 100 dash (11.08, Second); 200 dash (22.05, Third)

Mike Sullivan – 800 (1:55.37, Third)

Raheem Williams – 100 dash (11.21, Third); 200 dash (22.69, Fifth)