Washington University Women Capture UAA Championship Title

Washington University Women Capture UAA Championship Title

From Washington University Athletics

The Washington University in St. Louis women's track and field program secured the 2017 University Athletic Association (UAA) Outdoor Track & Field Championship after the two-day meet concluded Sunday at Stagg Field and Hayden Track.

The WashU women won the 15th UAA title in program history, increasing WashU's collective total of UAA Championships to 195. The women overtook host Chicago during the second day and ran away from the competition as the only team to top 200 points with 213.5, outpacing the Maroons 182.5.

Women's Recap: 213.50 Points (First Place), 10 UAA Event Titles, 18 all-UAA Honors

The WashU women totaled eight of their collective event titles on day two as senior Daisy Ogede led the Bears with three individual titles. She won the 100 hurdles (14.31), 100 dash (11.89) and capped the weekend off with a UAA record time of 23.99 in the 200 dash, which also is the top mark of Division III this season.

Senior Rebecca Ridderhoff placed second in the 100 hurdles (14.37) and fourth in the 200 dash (25.19) while capturing the 400 dash title with the fifth best time in Division III this season, 55.86. She also ranks nationally in the 100 hurdles (fourth) and 200 dash (16th).

Senior Kelli Hancock also ran her way to a UAA Championship record time of 59.94 in the 400 hurdles. Hancock and Ridderhoff are the only two women to break the one-minute mark in the 400 hurdles this season as Hancock ranks second nationally behind Ridderhoff.

Senior Ashley Knudson was also victorious individually in the 800 with a time of 2:10.90, placing just ahead of junior Annalise Wagner's 2:12.40 for the top two times. The duo also combined efforts with freshman Nicky Althoff and Hancock for the country's best time in the 4x400-relay, 3:47.44. The group narrowly missed the UAA mark set by the Bears last season (Ridderhoff, Hancock, Wagner and Emily Warner – 3:47.03).

Sophomore Rachel Kershner scored the top distance when she launched the javelin 36.60m, during her first throw of the event. The rest of the field could not catch Kershner's distance.

Placing runner-ups in the 4x100-relay with the fifth best time in Division III this year were sophomore Jay Pittman, Hancock, Ridderhoff and Ogede. The quartet posted a season-best time of 47.37.

Senior Annie Marggraff ran to all-UAA honors when she placed second with a time of 17:39.68 in the 5,000m run. Sophomore Heidi Nassos also earned all-UAA honors when she placed third in the triple jump with a distance of 11.20m.

Also placing for the Bears women were senior Betsy Wiener in discus (34.39m, Fourth), junior Audrey Western in the 1,500 (4:44.95, Fifth), freshman Elizabeth Hagstrom in the 1,500 (4:46.29, Sixth), junior Caitlin Cheeseboro in the 100 hurdles (15.19, Sixth), Pittman in the 100 hurdles (15.45, Eighth), Althoff in the 400 dash (59.25, Eighth), Hancock in the 100 (12.61, Fifth) and senior Anna Bailes in the 400 hurdles (1:07.63, Seventh).