Track & Field Cruises to Nine Individual Titles in Indoor Opener
Jan. 13, 2012
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. -The UIC men's and women's track & field teams started out the 2012 indoor season with a combined nine first-place finishes at the Dick Pond Open in Romeoville, Ill., Friday afternoon. The women's team posted five individual titles, while the men recorded four, including one relay championship.
"We got the season off to a good start today," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "I was pleased with nine individual champions between both teams. The success we had today should carry over nicely to next weekend."
On the women's side, Rebecca Zaiter won the 800-meter race in 2:21.16, outlasting the second-place finisher by nearly two full seconds. Tess Ehrardt took home medalist honors in the 3,000 meter run (11:01.93) to wrap up the Flames' top performers in the distance events.
In the ensuing field events, Kellie Schuh started things off by finishing first in the pole vault, rising to a mark of 3.65 meters. Schuh paced a 1-2-3 finished for the Flames in the event, with Stephanie Laidlaw (3.05 meters) and Katie Wallace (2.45 meters) finishing second and third, respectively.
On the men's side, Justen Garth crossed the finish line in 6.55 seconds in the 55-meter dash, finishing first in the field, just .3 seconds ahead of second-place Anthony Hollingsworth (6.58). Ryan Blackmon captured the individual title in the 400-meter dash (51.69 seconds), while Angelos Karkalis crossed the finish line in 1:58.83, to tally the individual championship in the 800-meter run. The combination of Blackmon, Matt Zaluckyj, Karkalis and Cody Lee wrapped things up with a first-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay (3:29.42).
Both the men's and women's teams will head to the North Central Invitational in Naperville, Ill., next Friday, beginning at 4 p.m. CST.