Track and Field finishes competition at the Carthage Invite and ONU Quad
Feb. 1, 2014
Chicago, Ill. - The UIC Track & Field teams completed competition at the Carthage Invite Friday afternoon, as the women’s squad took home third place and the men’s team placed sixth.
Junior Tess Ehrhardt had an outstanding performance setting two meet records and one school record while competing in the 1,000 meter run. Ehrhardt crossed the finish line in 2:56.15, which was more than 20 seconds faster than her nearest opponent.
“Tess is such a tough runner who can win a race any way she wants,” said head coach Jim Knoedel. “I continue to be amazed by her performances.”
Junior, Rebecca Zaiter captured top honors in the 1-mile run with a time of 5:03.23. Teammate Emma Preston finished close behind with a time of 5:10.72, she also placed second in the 200-meter run finishing in 2:21.13.
“I am so amazed that Rebecca was able to run so fast in her first attempt at the mile this season,” said Knoedel. “Although Preston didn’t win a race, I was pleased with all of her races, she’s a competitor and is willing to do anything to help the team.”
Other contributors to the women’s third-place finish included Sharon Mwale who finished second in the women’s high jump leaping 1.55 meters, and Valere Guertin who finished the 5,000-meter run with a time of 19:34.44.
On the men’s side, Seyi Ogunleye accounted for 20 of the 29 points earned by the men’s team. Ogunleye secured two first-place honors in the long jump leaping a distance of 6.89 meters and 14.56 meters in the triple jump.
“We brought two male jumpers and Seyi did a phenomenal job without having been able to do any full jump,” said Knoedel. “His score demonstrated that he will be a tough guy to beat a HL meet.”
Teammate Richmond Richter also participated in the long jump and triple jump with final marks of 6.15 meters and 13.58 meters.
During competition at the ONU Quad, junior Gabby Schmidt dominated the women’s team. She crossed the finish line in 9.71 seconds taking home top honors in the 60-meter hurdles. Schmidt also placed second in the 300-meter dash, clocking in with a time of 47.42 seconds.
“Gabby has worked so hard to improve her hurdle technique and it paid of today with a win,” said Knoedel. “She’s a great competitor and I expect continued improvement all season long.”
The star for the men was sophomore Martin Hunter, who placed first in both the 60-meter dash and 200-meter dash. Hunter finished the 60-meter dash in 7.16 seconds, and the 200-meter dash in 22.65 seconds.
Senior Andy Rosete also had a impressive showing, setting a personal record and taking home top honors in pole vault with a mark of 4.45 meters.
The Flames will continue competition next weekend when they compete at the Meyo invitational on Feb. 7 and University of Chicago Duals on Feb. 8.