St. Louis, Mo., July 24, 2018 – 2017 Washington University in St. Louis graduates Lizzy Crist and Deko Ricketts were selected as 2018 Today's Top 10 Award winners. The award recognizes former student-athletes for their successes on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
The duo was honored on Jan. 17, 2018 at the Honors Celebration during the NCAA Convention in Indianapolis. Crist and Ricketts increase the WashU all-time total to six joining previous winners Amy Albers (1995, volleyball), Alia Fisher (2001, women's basketball), Elizabeth Phillips (2013, women's cross country/track) and Lucy Cheadle (2016, women's cross country/track).
Crist was named the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year and the 2017 Division III Honda Athlete of the Year after helping lead WashU to the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Championship. She was also tabbed as the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Player of the Year and D3soccer.com Goalkeeper of the Year.
Crist also excelled in the classroom during her four years on the Danforth Campus. She graduated with a 3.90 grade point average while majoring in biomedical engineering. Crist was a 2016 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) First-Team Academic All-America and All-District selection, and was a three-time Academic all-UAA honoree. She is currently enrolled in the University of Minnesota Biomedical Engineering PhD program.
Ricketts was a three-time individual NCAA Division III Champion and five-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-American. He led the Bears' indoor track & field team to three University Athletic Association (UAA) titles and the outdoor team to two conference championships. Ricketts was also a key contributor in a ninth place NCAA DIII Championship finish for the 2016 indoor team and 2017 outdoor team.
In 2017, Ricketts was named the USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete of the Year for both indoor and outdoor seasons. In addition, he was awarded First Team Academic All-America honors by CoSIDA after earning second team honors in 2016. Rickets graduated with a 3.72 GPA in electrical engineering.
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