Records Continue To Fall For Women's Track And Field Team At Chicagoland Championships.

Junior Joe Marren placed third in the steeplechase on Saturday afternoon.
Junior Joe Marren placed third in the steeplechase on Saturday afternoon.

April 8, 2002

Naperville, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago women's track team continues to shatter records as the Flames placed fifth overall in the 15-team Chicagoland Championships, held at North Central College this past weekend.

Carthage College won the women's title with 140 points, followed by North Central College (107), Loyola (96), Lewis (79), UIC (78), Wheaton (64.5), St. Joseph (49.5), College of DuPage (47.5), Elmhurst (35), North Park (31), University of Chicago (29.5), Benedictine (23), St. Francis (18), Concordia (10) and Harper (9).

"I was very, very impressed with the girls' performance," UIC head coach Jim Knoedel said. "By far, this was the best performance we've had at the Chicagoland Championships in the last 25 years."

Freshman Lindsey Schwerman captured the triple jump title with a school-record leap of 35-feet, 6-inches. She broke the previous record of 33-feet, 4 ? inches, previously set by Tina Thompson last season.

Senior Monieka Thompson registered UIC's other victory with a winning-performance of 2:17.97 in the 800-meter dash. UIC also received third-place performances from junior Amy Fehrman (high jump, 5-feet, ? inch) and freshman Simeko Washington (shot put, 38-feet, 9 ? inches).

The Flames also received record-setting performances from freshmen Sara Jeffers and Washington. Jeffers broke her own record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase set last week with a second-place mark of 12:36.42. Washington established the school-record in the hammer throw with a toss of 126-feet, 4-inches.

On the men's side, UIC junior Joe Marren provided the lone top-three finish for the Flames with a third-place finish of 9:28.33 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, helping UIC to a 14th-place finish out of 15 teams.



North Central captured the men's total with 198 points, followed by Carthage (80), Lewis (72), Wheaton College (68), Loyola (64), University of Chicago (54), St. Joseph (50), College of DuPage (49), Elmhurst (47), Chicago State (35), Harper College (34), North Park (31), Concordia-River Forest (15), UIC (13), Oakton Community College (9).

"Overall, I was excited with the team performances," Knoedel said. "We came home with a lot of awards and if we continue training hard and stay healthy, we'll be ready for the big meets ahead."

UIC will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they will travel to Western Illinois to participate in the Lee Calhoun Memorial Meet at 11:00 A.M.