Chicago, Ill., April 23, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis women's track and field program secured the 2017 University Athletic Association (UAA) Outdoor Track & Field Championship while the men placed second after the two-day meet concluded Sunday at Stagg Field and Hayden Track.
The WashU women won the 15th UAA title in program history, increasing WashU's collective total of UAA Championships to 195. The women overtook host Chicago during the second day and ran away from the competition as the only team to top 200 points with 213.5, outpacing the Maroons 182.5.
The men finished six points behind the 2017 UAA Champion Carnegie Mellon's total of 186 points. The WashU men finished the championship meet with 13 all-UAA honors for placing within the top-3, while the women totaled 18.
Women's Recap: 213.50 Points (First Place), 10 UAA Event Titles, 18 all-UAA Honors
The WashU women totaled eight of their collective event titles on day two as senior Daisy Ogede led the Bears with three individual titles. She won the 100 hurdles (14.31), 100 dash (11.89) and capped the weekend off with a UAA record time of 23.99 in the 200 dash, which also is the top mark of Division III this season.
Senior Rebecca Ridderhoff placed second in the 100 hurdles (14.37) and fourth in the 200 dash (25.19) while capturing the 400 dash title with the fifth best time in Division III this season, 55.86. She also ranks nationally in the 100 hurdles (fourth) and 200 dash (16th).
Senior Kelli Hancock also ran her way to a UAA Championship record time of 59.94 in the 400 hurdles. Hancock and Ridderhoff are the only two women to break the one-minute mark in the 400 hurdles this season as Hancock ranks second nationally behind Ridderhoff.
Senior Ashley Knudson was also victorious individually in the 800 with a time of 2:10.90, placing just ahead of junior Annalise Wagner's 2:12.40 for the top two times. The duo also combined efforts with freshman Nicky Althoff and Hancock for the country's best time in the 4x400-relay, 3:47.44. The group narrowly missed the UAA mark set by the Bears last season (Ridderhoff, Hancock, Wagner and Emily Warner – 3:47.03).
Sophomore Rachel Kershner scored the top distance when she launched the javelin 36.60m, during her first throw of the event. The rest of the field could not catch Kershner's distance.
Placing runner-ups in the 4x100-relay with the fifth best time in Division III this year were sophomore Jay Pittman, Hancock, Ridderhoff and Ogede. The quartet posted a season-best time of 47.37.
Senior Annie Marggraff ran to all-UAA honors when she placed second with a time of 17:39.68 in the 5,000m run. Sophomore Heidi Nassos also earned all-UAA honors when she placed third in the triple jump with a distance of 11.20m.
Also placing for the Bears women were senior Betsy Wiener in discus (34.39m, Fourth), junior Audrey Western in the 1,500 (4:44.95, Fifth), freshman Elizabeth Hagstrom in the 1,500 (4:46.29, Sixth), junior Caitlin Cheeseboro in the 100 hurdles (15.19, Sixth), Pittman in the 100 hurdles (15.45, Eighth), Althoff in the 400 dash (59.25, Eighth), Hancock in the 100 (12.61, Fifth) and senior Anna Bailes in the 400 hurdles (1:07.63, Seventh).
Men's Recap: 180 Points (Second Place), Five Event Titles, 13 all-UAA Honors
The WashU men closed the 26-point gap between day one and two with Carnegie Mellon but fell six points short of tying for a share of the UAA title. The men totaled three event titles on day two and nine all-UAA honors.
Junior Roderick Smith ran to a first place finish in the 100 dash (11.13) while also placing fourth in the 200 dash (22.28). He also joined forces with sophomores Eddie Wintergalen, CJ Chin and Jason Singer in the 4x100-relay for a second place finish with a time of 42.48.
Senior Deko Ricketts finished more than three seconds ahead of the nearest competitor with the 800 winning time of 1:51.30. He was joined by teammate senior Conor Cashner with all-UAA honors. Cashner placed third with a time of 1:55.66.
Also earning all-UAA honors was freshman Collis McKenzie with a second place finish in the high jump (1.97m). Freshman Nick Matteucci also earned a second place finish in the 1,500 for the men with a time of 3:57.87. The Bears had three others score in the 1,5000 with senior Mike Sullivan placing sixth (3:59.65), sophomore Chris Blagg placing seventh (4:01.38) and Ethan Brodeur placing eighth (4:01.45).
The WashU men also ran to a runner-up finish in the 4x400-relay behind the efforts of Wintergalen, Singer, freshman Jon Fleming and Ricketts. The team finished with a time of 3:19.10 which is the 14th best time in Division III this season.
In addition to helping two relay teams place second, Singer scored individually in the 400 dash (49.27) by placing fifth and in the 200 dash (22.64) by placing seventh. Singer placed fifth in the 400 dash behind four NCAA qualifiers from 2016.
One day after placing fourth in the 3,000 steeplechase, freshman Marco Quaroni added a fifth place finish in the 5,000 with a time of 15:07.28.
Also placing for the Bears men were junior Ezugo Onejeme in the triple jump (13.56m, Fourth), freshman Everett Witt in the high jump (1.92m, Fourth), Fleming in the 400 (50.25, Seventh) and Chin in the 100 (11.34, Sixth).
The Bears will compete next weekend on Saturday, April 29 at the True Blue Twilight in Jacksonville, Ill. while several runners will compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.