Track & Field Wraps up Competition at Saturday's Huskie Open
April 20, 2013
"We battled temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s today, and competed well considering the conditions," said assistant track & field coach Gabe Rivera. "It was nice to see three of our men's athletes set facility records."
The men's team was dominant in the sprinting events, getting first-place finishes and facility records from Justen Garth in the 100-meter dash (11.25 seconds), and Roy Mwale in the 200-meter dash (22.37 seconds). Photis Karkalis also crossed the finishing line in first-place in the 800-meter run (1:55.65). Notably, freshman Martin Hunter finished second in both the 100 and (11.29 seconds) 200-meter dash (22.44 seconds). Hunter's sprint in the 200-meter dash also set a then-facility record at the NIU Track & Field Complex.
In the field events, Seyi Ogunleye took home medalist honors in the long jump (6.64 meters), while Jordan Banks collected the individual title in the triple jump (13.47 meters). UIC also secured first-place finishes in both the 4x100 (42.63 seconds) and 4x400 relays (3:20.25). Mwale was a member of both relays.
On the women's side, UIC collected 12 top-five tallies, including six runner-up finishes. Andrea Crump finished second in the 100-meter dash (12.50 seconds); Emma Preston was the runner-up in the 1,500-meter run (4:43.84); Sharon Mwale took second in the high jump (1.60 meters) and Valere Guertin (27.89 meters) was a second-place finisher in the javelin throw. UIC also collected second-place tallies in both the women's 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
UIC will send select student-athletes to the Benedictine Twilight next Friday (April 26), and also compete in the prestigious Drake Relays (April 26-27) in Des Moines, Iowa. Both meets will serve as the final tune-up prior to the Horizon League Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Ypsilanti, Mich.