Bears' Deko Ricketts Tabbed USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week

Bears' Deko Ricketts Tabbed USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week

From Washington University Athletics

Washington University in St. Louis junior Deko Ricketts was named the NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Track & Field National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Ricketts, who was also selected as the University Athletic Association (UAA) Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, broke a 26-year-old school record and clocked the fastest time in NCAA Division III this season to win the 800 at the I-55 Triangular Saturday in Bloomington, Ill. He won the race by more than four seconds with a time of 1:53.83, which broke the WashU school record of 1:53.89 set by Robert Lindsey in 1990.

Ricketts' 800 time also leads NCAA Division III this season by more than a second. He also anchored the Bears' winning 1,600 relay team to a time of 3:28.57 to lead WashU to the team title at the I-55 Triangular for the fifth year in a row.