Track & Field Wraps Up Competition in Kenosha, Bloomington
Jan. 26, 2013
CHICAGO – The UIC men's and women's track & field teams competed in split action early this weekend, taking part in the Tadd Metzger Carthage Invitational in Kenosha, Wis., and the Indiana University Relays in Bloomington, Ind. Posting standout performances were Jaime Johnson, Aimee Schuh, Tess Ehrhardt, Rebecca Zaiter and Photis Karkalis.
At the Tadd Metzger Invite, UIC collected a combined 19 top-10 finishes, including three first-place tallies. The women’s team finished fourth in the eight-team field, while the men took sixth in a field of nine teams. Individuals crossing the line in first-place included Johnson (5:12.67) and Karkalis (4:19.56) in the 1-Mile Run, and Schuh in the 55-meter hurdles (8.60 seconds).
Meanwhile, at the Indiana Relays, Ehrhardt set the school record in the 3,000-meter run, crossing the finishing line in 10:08.65, good for a third-place finish in the event. The combination of Ehrhardt, Andrea Crump and Anthony Hollingsworth put together three top-10 finishes individually.
On Saturday, Rebecca Zaiter won her heat of the 800-meter run, crossing the finishing line in 2:12.99 - her race had 43 competitors.
“We had a solid weekend in both Kenosha and Bloomington,” said head coach Jim Knoedel. “I was especially impressed with Tess Ehrhardt – she looked very strong this week in practice so I could tell she was ready to crush the school record. It was a very competitive field, and she demonstrated how tough she is.
"Rebecca has really stepped it up this year. She showed a fierce, competitve drive today that is going to take her to the top step on the podium many more times in her career."
Other notable finishes at the Tadd Metzger Invitational included Jennifer Johnson in the long jump (5.21 meters; 2nd), Martin Hunter in the men’s 200-meter dash (22.79 seconds; 2nd), Emma Preston in the women’s 3,000-meter run (10:27.10) and Angelos Karkalis in the 3,000-meter run (8:48.31).
UIC will resume its indoor season next weekend (Feb. 1-2), when the Flames travel to South Bend, Ind., to take part in the Meyo Invitational.