Eight Bears Honored as CoSIDA Academic All-District

Eight Bears Honored as CoSIDA Academic All-District

St. Louis, Mo., May 31, 2017 – A total of eight student-athletes from the Washington University in St. Louis cross country/track & field programs were selected to the 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Five teams, as announced by CoSIDA.

The women had six honorees while the men added two. Honored from the women's team were seniors Kelli Hancock, Ashley Knudson, Daisy Ogede and Rebecca Ridderhoff and juniors Alison Lindsay and Annalise Wagner while senior Deko Ricketts and junior David O'Gara were honored on the men's side. All six of the women helped WashU capture its first National Championship during the winter's indoor track & field season and then added the first National Championship during the spring's outdoor track & field season.

Kelli Hancock, 3.63 GPA in Biomedical Engineering

Hancock concluded the year with four All-American honors including the National Champion distance medley relay time (11:48.43) during the Indoor National Championships. She also earned All-American honors in the 4x400m-relay with a second place finish at indoors (3:49.36) and fourth place finish at outdoors (3:44.03). Hancock ran to the third best time for an individual All-American honor during outdoors in the 400m hurdles (1:00.15), also earning the University Athletic Association (UAA) title in the event with a sub-minute time of 59.94. She also helped the Bears 4x400m-relay team run to a school record during prelims at the outdoor national championships, 3:42.60.

Ashley Knudson, 3.80 GPA in Environmental Biology and Policy

Knudson also added four All-American accomplishments to her career totals this year. She was also a part of the distance medley relay national champion team (11:48.43) during indoors, while earning multiple All-American honors in the 4x400m-relay – indoors (2nd – 3:49.36) and outdoors (4th – 3:44.03). Knudson earned individual All-American honors in the 800m run, placing fifth with a time of 2:09.84 and also earned the UAA title in the event. She also helped the Bears 4x400m-relay team run to a school record during prelims at the outdoor national championships, 3:42.60.

Alison Lindsay, 3.98 GPA in Political Science

Lindsay had an incredible junior campaign in which she garnered All-American honors in every athletic season. She earned All-American honors in the fall with cross country, in the winter with indoor track & field and in the spring with outdoor track & field. Lindsay helped the cross country Bears to runner-up status at the 2016 Division III National Championships by placing 14th (21.01.6) for All-American honors. In the winter she helped the Bears' distance medley relay team to a national title as the anchor of the event as the Bears posted a winning time of 11:48.43. Lindsay concluded the 2016-17 academic year with a runner-up finish in the 3,000m steeplechase (10:28.52) during the outdoor national championships. 

David O'Gara, 3.60 GPA in Systems Engineering and Economics

O'Gara ran to multiple All-American honors during the 2016-17 academic year. He helped the WashU men's cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the national championship by placing 29th with a time of 24:51.0. The Glenview, Ill.-native posted the top time (24.44.48) during the UAA Cross Country Championships. O'Gara kicked off the Bears' participation in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championships with a sixth place finish in the 10,000m, concluding the run in a personal-best 30:15.79.

Daisy Ogede, 3.69 GPA in Biology: Neuroscience

Ogede capped off an outstanding career by doubling her outdoor track & field All-American honors, by earning three at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor T&F Championships. She was named both the indoor and outdoor Midwest Region Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as well as UAA Most Outstanding Track Performer. Ogede ran to three All-American honors during both the indoor and outdoor track national championships. During indoors she ran to a second place finish in the 60 (7.56), second in the 4x400m-relay (3:49.36) and third in the 200m dash (24.97).

At the outdoor championships she posted All-American finishes in the 100m dash (3rd – 11.73), 200m dash (4th – 24.17) and 100m hurdles (5th – 14.17). She also helped the Bears 4x400m-relay team run to a school record during prelims at the outdoor national championships, 3:42.60.

Deko Ricketts, 3.74 in Electrical Engineering

Ricketts dominated the men's 800m run throughout the year in route to winning both the indoor and outdoor event National Titles. He routinely posted times that ranked in the top-5 of NCAA Division III. At the indoor national championships, Ricketts used the final 150 meters to overcome the leader with a time of 1:51.07. However, at the outdoor championships, he protected the lead with 150 meters to go edging out the competition with a photo finish time of 1:51.30. Ironically the winning time was his exact time that he earned the UAA Championship as well.  

Rebecca Ridderhoff, 3.83 in Architecture and English Literature with a Writing Concentration

Ridderhoff led WashU track & field in the number of All-American honors on the season, totaling seven which included a National Title in the outdoor 400m hurdles. She ran to four All-American honors during the indoor season with a second place finish in the 4x400m-relay (3:49.36), and seventh place finishes in the 60 hurdles (9.01), 400m dash (56.49) and 200m dash (25.45). Ridderhoff followed the outstanding effort at indoor nationals with a sub-minute run in the 400m hurdles to capture first place with a time of 59.43, while also placing fourth in the 4x400m-relay (3:44.03) and sixth in the 100m hurdles (14.28). She also helped the Bears 4x400m-relay team run to a school record during prelims at the outdoor national championships, 3:42.60.

Annalise Wagner, 3.86 in Environmental Policy and Philosophy

Wagner ran to three All-American honors during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. She placed third in the 800m run during indoors (2:12.22) and fourth at outdoors (2:09.60). Wagner also stepped up for the Bears in the 4x400m-relay, helping WashU secure a fourth place finish with a time of 3:44.03. She ran to the UAA title in the 800m during indoors and finished with all-UAA honors during outdoors as the runner up.