From Washington University Athletics
The Washington University in St. Louis women's track & field team won seven events titles Sunday to capture the 2017 University Athletic Associaiton (UAA) Indoor Track & Field Championship at the Gosman Sports & Convocation Center in Waltham, Mass.
The women ran away from the UAA pack with 159 points. Following the Bears were University of Chicago (99), Emory University (85), Case Western Reserve University (49), Carnegie Mellon University (43), New York University (31) and host Brandeis University (30).
Senior Rebecca Ridderhoff set a new UAA record during the 400m prelims (56.35) and followed it up on day two with a nearly identical 56.69. The record was previously set by WashU's Emily Warner in 2016. The Bears senior Kelli Hancock (58.09) and freshman Nicky Althoff (59.38) also placed for WashU with third and sixth place. Hancock earned all-UAA honors with the top-three finish and Althoff set a personal best in the prelims (58.7).
Ridderhoff also was the lead runner on the Bears 4x400m Relay winning team of seniors Kelli Hancock, Ashley Knudson and Daisy Ogede. The group finished the 1,600m course in 3:48.32, its fastest finish on the season while narrowly missing a new school record. The time ranks first in all of Division III this season.
Ogede excelled individually too, setting a new school record while totaling three UAA titles with season-best times. She won the 55m Hurdles (8.16) which adjusted to the standard 60mH course (8.78) sets a new school record and ranks third in the country. She also won the 55m dash in 7.12, which converts into a season-best (7.67) and ranks third in Division III. Additionally, she captured the 200m UAA title with a time of 24.92 which currently ranks third nationally this season. Ridderhoff was the runner-up in both the 200m (25.62) and 55mH (8.31) to earn all-UAA honors.
Junior Annalise Wagner and Knudson were the first two individuals to cross the 800m finish line with all-UAA times of 2:12.50 and 2:12.74. Both times were season-bests as the duo now ranks fourth and fifth nationally.
The final UAA title for the women came from junior Alison Lindsay in the 3,000m. She finished with a career-best and school record time of 9:44.92 which ranks second in Division III this season. Also placing fifth and sixth for the Bears in the 3,000m were sophomore Abby Martin (10:22.47) and junior Mattie Gottbrath (10:23.16).
One day after earning a UAA title in the pole vault sophomore Heidi Nassos added all-UAA honors in the triple jump (11.13m) placing third.
Nicky Althoff – 400m (59.38, Sixth)
Anna Cossio – High Jump (1.54m, Sixth)
Mattie Gottbrath – 3,000m (10:23.16, Sixth)
Elizabeth Hagstrom – Mile (5:05.83, Fifth)
Kelli Hancock - 4x400m Relay (3:48.32, First), 400m (58.09, Third)
Ashley Knudson - 4x400m Relay (3:48.32, First), 800m (2:12.74, Second)
Alison Lindsay – 3,000m (9:44.92, First - School Record*)
Abby Martin – 3,000m (10:22.47, Fifth)
Heidi Nassos – Triple Jump (11.13m, Third)
Daisy Ogede – 55m (7.12, First), 200m (24.92, First), 55mH (8.16, First – Adjusted for School Record 8.78*)
Rebecca Ridderhoff – 400m (56.69, First – UAA Record of 56.35 in Prelims*), 4x400m Relay (3:48.32, First), 200m (25.62, Second), 55mH (8.31, Second)
Annalise Wagner – 800m (2:12.50, First)
Audrey Western – Mile (5:04.63, Fourth)
Kelli Hancock – DMR (12:13.45, First)
Kayla Harley – Weight Throw (13.58m, Fifth)
Alison Lindsay – DMR (12:13.45, First)
Annie Marggraff – 5,000m (17:58.06, Third)
Sara Mesiano – DMR (12:13.45, First)
Dominique Meyer – Pole Vault (3.52m, Third)
Heidi Nassos – Pole Vault (3.77m, First)
Aly Wayne – 5,000m (17:27.17, Second)
Audrey Western – DMR (12:13.45, First)
Italics = UAA Title Performance