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WashU engineering students win national titles & All-American honors

The Washington University in St. Louis women's track & field team was the top-ranked team all season and culminated the year with the first NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship in program history and 22nd overall in school history, while the men added a ninth place finish as the Bears were one of just two programs to have both the women and men place in the top-10 at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

The WashU women totaled 56 points as Ithaca College placed second (37) and Carthage College placed third (33). The WashU men placed ninth with 22 points while University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (47) took home the title.

Earning individual national titles were seniors Deko Ricketts (mechanical engineering) and Rebecca Ridderhoff. Ricketts captured the 800m title for the men, gaining 10 points in a photo finish while Ridderhoff ran to a sub-minute time in the 400m hurdles. Ridderhoff's first place finish and 10 points helped push the Bears ahead of Ithaca.

1,500m

Freshman Nick Matteucci (chemical engineering) earned All-American honors in his first attempt at the outdoor championships. He placed fifth overall with a time of 3:54.33.

400m Hurdles

Ridderhoff ran to the National Title in the 400m hurdles with a sub-minute time of 59.43, placing more than half of a second in front of the runner-up. Senior Kelli Hancock (biomedical engineering) placed third with a time of 1:00.15. Ridderhoff and Hancock combined for 16 points to supplant Ithaca for the team lead.

Pole Vault

Senior Everett Kleven (engineering) placed fourth for an All-American finish as he cleared a height of 5.15m. In his lone season competing for the Bears, Kleven earned All-American honors during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.

For a full list of results, visit bearsports.wustl.edu.