Multi-Event Athletes And Distance Runners Open Horizon League Outdoor Track & Championships
May 2, 2009
LISLE, Ill. - The UIC track and field teams kicked off competition at the 2009 Horizon League Outdoor Track & Field Championships, co-sponsored by UIC and Loyola, held at Benedictine University.
The Flames are sitting pretty in the multi-event competitions after the first day of competition, as Mike Savegnago leads the decathlon with 3324 points, emerging victorious in four of five of today's events. Sophomore Nate Kamm sits in fourth place with the 110 high hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and the 1500 on tap for Saturday.
In the heptathlon, Aimee Schuh is in third after the 100 hurdles, high jump, shot and 200 with 2689 points, less than 70 points out of first place.
Freshman Matt Morse put forth an incredible debut in the 10k, running near the front during the early stages of the race, and would stay in the lead for the remainder of the competition until the final 100 meters, where he would place second in 30:58.02, less than two seconds behind the winner.
Kristen Heckert finished in ninth as the lone women's competitor for UIC in 39:50.05 at her first outdoor championship as a Flame.
Junior Kristen McMurray was the runner-up in the hammer throw after a 48.61m performance while Brandon Gale placed 11th on the men's side in the with a 36.93m effort in the lone individual field event competition of the day.
Competition gets underway tomorrow at 10 a.m. beginning with the conclusion of the decathlon and heptathlon. Field events kick off at 2 p.m. with the men's javelin, and the preliminary heats of the running events begins at 3 p.m. with the 110 hurdles.