Terre Haute, Ind., May 6, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis track & field program competed against several Division I universities Saturday afternoon and secured multiple event titles in the process at the Gibson Track & Field Complex.
Senior Ashley Knudson nearly matched her University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship winning time in the 800 meter run, finishing in 2:10.96 to earn an event title for the WashU women, while freshman Randy Bentley captured the top distance in the javelin with a throw of 51.24 meters for the men.
Knudson's 800m time ranks within the top-5 in Division III. Junior Annalise Wagner placed fourth at the meet with a time of 2:12.73. Wagner and Knudson combined efforts with senior Kelli Hancock and freshman Anna Cossio in the 4x400m-relay for a time of 3:52.82. The time ranks 15th in Division III this season and WashU has posted six of the top-15 times on the year.
Bentley was joined by sophomore Quin Preston in the top-5 when he threw the javelin 46.84m.
Freshman Nick Matteucci set a new personal-best in the 1,500 meter run with the second fastest time in school history. He posted the top Division III time among the competition, placing seventh overall with a time of 3:49.88. His time currently ranks fifth in the country amidst Division III peers. Junior Audrey Western finished third on the women's side in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:42.45.
Senior Daisy Ogede ran to a second place finish in the 200m dash (24.39) and a third place finish in the 100 hurdles (14.22). She also ran the final leg of the 4x100m-relay with freshman Nicky Althoff, Hancock and senior Rebecca Ridderhoff as the group finished in 49.76.
Hancock and Ridderhoff placed fourth and fifth in the 400 hurdles with times of 1:00.89 and 1:03.32. Cossio also ran the 400 hurdles and finished sixth with a time of 1:03.37 which is the 30th best Division III time on the season.
Sophomore Heidi Nassos placed fourth in pole vault with a height of 3.54m, while on the men's side senior Everett Kleven and freshman Brandon Hutchison both cleared 4.64m for third and fourth place respectively. Kleven placed ahead of Hutchison by clearing the distance in his first try, while Hutchison needed three attempts to successfully clear the height.
Also setting personal-bests on the men's side were Bentley in the discus (41.77m) and Preston in the hammer throw (41.26). Junior Briana Belfiore set multiple personal-bests on the day including the 100m dash (13.09) and the 200m dash (26.99).
The Bears return to action on Thursday, May 11 in Naperville, Ill. at the Dr. Keeler Invite. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.