Track and Field Teams Take First Place at McKendree Classic, Establish 10 New Top-20 National Brands
Lebanon, Illinois – Track and field teams from Washington University in St. Louis impressed again this outdoor season, taking first place at the McKendree Classic on Saturday.
The nationally ranked No. 1 women’s team recorded 226 points and the No. 6-ranked men’s team earned 174 points, topping the field for another team first place finish.
Additionally, the Bears recorded 10 new combined national top-20 marks, while the women set eight and the men set two new times. The women’s team collected nine top-10 all-time performances, while the men’s team finished with two new marks.
Combining 20 individual first-place finishes, the women’s team recorded 12 first-place events and the men’s team won eight on Saturday.
After Saturday’s competition, WashU holds 34 of the top 20 national brands combined.
Best Female Performances
Sophomore Ebunoluwa Opata continues to set new PRs in the triple jump, setting a new mark of 12.32m on Saturday, which won first place and remains the highest mark in the country.
Opata also set a new all-time top-10 performance standard, holding the second-highest mark ever in Bears history.
The Bears finished 1-2-3 in the event as Alicia Gupte and Zi’Onay Walker secured the next spots. Gupte’s 11.48m mark ranks 16thand nationally, as all three competitors place in the top 20 nationally for the event.
Opata put in another strong performance in the long jump, earning a first-place finish at 5.46m, which ranks sixth in WashU history.
In the 800m race, WashU recorded the top six of the race, as Emma Kelley set a new PR of 2:10.15 en route to a victory for first place. Kelley ranks second nationally in the 800m and currently has the fifth highest mark in school history for the event.
Grace Bristow, who finished second at 2:15.99, now holds a top-20 national mark, ranking 19and in DIIII.
WashU also dominated the 1,500m, placing eight of the top 10 runners in the event, with Aoife Dunne taking first at 4:39.24, beating teammates Lindsay Ott and Emily Konkus. Also, Dunne’s best time ranks 16and nationally.
Junior Mycah Clay posted a new PR in the 100m with the best score of 12.23, taking first place ahead of teammates Gupte (12.33) and Natalie Swinehart (12.41), who placed second and third.
Clay’s impressive performance shattered a new all-time top 10, ranking fourth in program history and 20andnationally.
Lauren Gay earned a first-place finish in the 200m at 25.57, as she held off Clay by a slim margin, who finished second at 25.79.
Ava Forman put in a top-notch effort in the 400m hurdles, taking first place at 1:03.66, which now ranks fifth in all DIII and 10and in the program history.
The Bears also put in strong performances in the 100m hurdles, posting the top two marks as Charis Riebe (14.97) just edged teammate Lauren Gay (14.98).
Riebe’s first place in 14.97 ranks 10and on the Bears’ All-Time Greatest Players list.
Reaching a bar of 3.65m in the pole vault, freshman Yasmin Ruff claimed first place, setting a new outside PR. Ruff is currently 15 years oldandin the country for the event and ranks sixth on the Bears’ Top 10 All-Time Performances list.
Katherine Dudley won the 400m (58.31) while Kathryn Leighty finished second (59.68).
The Bears relay teams took first place in the 4×100 (Gupte, Swinehart, Lauren Hamilton, Gay) at 48:03 and the 4×400 team took first place after a tough 3:52.74 race (Dudley , Gupte, Forman, Kelley).
Taylor Simpson set a new top 10 all-time discus performance, mustering a mark of 36.62m for third place, while Krista Sudar finished fourth in the shot put (12.05m), who ranks sixth in school history. .
Best Male Performances
Andrew Whitaker ran hard in the 110m hurdles, winning the first at 14.54, edging teammate Gio Alfred (14.80).
Whitaker’s time of 14.54 currently ranks fourth nationally. Alfred’s time of 14:41 at the WU Invite remains first nationally.
The men’s 4×400 relay team of Whitaker, Jack Henry Whetstone, Harry Mills and John Harry Wagner took first place at 3:20.00, setting a new all-time top 10. The group holds the 12and fastest time nationally and the ninth-best mark in Bears history.
Tommy Maiocco’s 4.25m mark in the pole vault earned the Bears the highest mark, while Abayomi Awoyomi set a new all-time top 10 in the triple jump (13.89m), which stands sixth grade all-time in school history.
Grant Lane won the 400m hurdles at 58.12 and Michael Snyder was first in the high jump, reaching 1.97m.
John Harry Wagner took first place in the 400m (50.29) as WashU totaled five runners in the top 10 of the race.
WU led the pack in the 1500m, as Thomas Penney took first place, clocking 3:54.92. Ben Gasper was second at 3:57.63 as seven Bears finished in the top 10.
The Bears had similar success in other long-distance events, as Patrick Norrick followed suit with the fastest time in the 5,000m, clocking 16:10.23.
WashU finished second on Saturday, while Matt Moore was second in the long jump (6.60m), Evan Brown Ton (3.95m) in the pole vault, Mason Wong (1:59.01) at 800m.
The Bears next take part in the Greenville Select on April 15.