Bears Post Multiple Event Titles at the Dr. Keeler Invite

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

Naperville, Ill., May 12, 2017 – The Washington University in St. Louis track & field program ran to multiple event titles Friday evening at the Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College.

Seniors Rebecca Ridderhoff, Kelli Hancock, Ashley Knudson and Daisy Ogede ran to the nation's top time while capturing first in the 4x400m-relay (3:44.42). The time is 13th in Division III, history and second overall in WashU school history.

Ogede ran to a first place finish in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.48 and runner-up finish in the 100m dash in 11.94. Both marks are top-10 times in Division III this season.

Ridderhoff (1:00.04) and Hancock (1:00.25) placed first and second in the 400m hurdles with top-five Division III times. Hancock, Ridderhoff and Ogede teamed up with freshman Caitlin Cheeseboro to place fifth in the 4x100m-relay (47.86).

On the men's side Deko Ricketts set a new season-best time of 1:49.37 in the 800m run placing second. His time ranks third in Division III this season. For the women, junior Annalise Wagner placed fourth and her time ranks third in the nation (2:10.13). Knudson placed sixth with the country's fourth best time of 2:10.61.

Freshman Nick Matteucci placed fifth with Division III's third best time in the 1,500m run (3:48.25), while sophomore Chris Blagg's time of 3:54.90 ranks 45th in the country. Junior Alison Lindsay placed fourth on the women's side during the 1,500m run (4:33.18). Her time ranks 12th in the nation.

In the 3,000m steeplechase, sophomore Abby Martin placed fourth (10:46.56) with the sixth best time in Division III. For the men, Tommy Fruhauf placed 23rd (9:22.17), with the 30th ranked time. Sophomore Zac Christensen also posted a top-50 time in Division III when he crossed the finish line in 9:25.83. 

Ricketts anchored the 4x400m-relay team of sophomore Jason Singer, freshman Jon Fleming and freshman Eddie Wintergalen that placed fourth (3:16.15). The group's time ranks 22nd in Division III.

The Bears will travel back to Naperville, Ill. for the Gregory Qualifier on Wednesday and Thursday, May 17-18 for a final meet before the NCAA Division III Track & Field National Championships. Be sure to stay up to date on all your Bears scores and awards by following @WashUBears on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.