Track & Field Collects Eight First-Place Tallies at DePaul Invite

Head coach Jim Knoedel
Head coach Jim Knoedel

April 21, 2012

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CHICAGO - The UIC men's and women's track & field teams racked up a combined eight first-place finishes at the DePaul Invitational Saturday afternoon. The Flames won five running events, and claimed first-place in three field events.

The format included three head-to-head dual meets on the men's side, and four dual meets in women's action. The men's team fell to DePaul (205.0-164.0) and the University of Chicago (243.0-175.0), but defeated Chicago State (202.0-144.0). The women's team defeated Chicago State (241.0-116.0) and Northwestern (245.0-52.0), and fell short against the University of Chicago (238.0-210.0).

"It was exciting to compete against the city schools," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "To come away with wins in eight events bodes very well as we head down the stretch of the season. John Glass turned in a strong performance in the steeplechase, and Tess Ehrhardt turned in a great time in the 1,500-meter in less than perfect conditions."

Senior John Glass captured the Flames' first individual win, crossing the finishing line in 9:39.54 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, to claim top honors. The women's 4x100 meter relay team then won its race, finishing in 51.44 seconds.

Two events later, freshman Tess Ehrhardt claimed the 1,500-meter run (4:48.79), finishing nearly seven seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Senior Constance Sciacero then finished first in the women's 100-meter dash (12.84 seconds), while Sam Kehoe led a group of four Flames finishing in the top-five of the 5,000-meter run - he crossed the finishing line in 14:49.45 to claim individual medalist honors.

Matt Marzahl represented the Flames' first individual champion in the field events - he leaped 1.93 meters in the high jump to finish first overall. Aimee Schuh won the women's long jump (5.30 meters), while Justin Higginbotham claimed the triple jump title with a leap of 14.60 meters.

The Flames will travel to Milwaukee next Saturday (April 28) to compete in the Marquette Invitational. It will be the final tune-up before the Horizon League Outdoor Championships, May 4-6 in Wauwatosa, Wis.