Track & Field to Compete in Chicagoland Championships
Feb. 13, 2014
CHICAGO, Ill. - The men’s and women’s track & field teams will travel to Naperville, Ill., to participate in the two-day contest at the Chicagoland Championships. The meet is scheduled to begin on Friday, February 14 at 5:00 p.m. CT., and continue into Saturday, February 15.
Last weekend, juniors Tess Ehrhardt and Rebecca Zaiter participated in the Meyo Invitational both setting personal records in their designated events. Ehrhardt ran the 5,000-meter finishing with a school-record time of 17:09.90, whlie Zaiter competed in the 800-meter run crossing the finish line with a mark of 2:11.71.
“They both made huge gains over the weekend and it was easy to see how much more confident they are as a result,” said head coach Jim Knoedel. “Rebecca ran the fastest 800 of her career and the season just got started, and Tess ran almost 30 seconds faster than she did to win the HL title in cross country last fall so she continues to improve her times.”
In the 2013 Chicagoland Championships, the women’s team took home sixth place, and were led by Zaiter who finished the 800-meter run in 2:19.20. Recording her best time in the same event last week, coach Knoedel is looking forward to competition this weekend.
“Our women should finish in the top three of the 18 schools and win a lot of events, maybe as many as seven, but our small squad size and the depth will make it a challenge to come home with the team title,” said Knoedel.
On the men’s side, in 2013 they captured fourth place and were led in field events by Seyi Ogunleye and Matt Marzahl. Ogunleye took home top honors in the triple jump with a mark of 14.92 meters. Marzahl participated in the decathlon and won first place among a total of nine competitors.
With only two meets left before the 2014 Indoor Horizon League Championship, coach Knoedel shared some insight on what he tells his teams as March 1 nears.
“The weather has been a challenge this winter but I always tell the team that champions find a way to get it done,” explained Knoedel.
Be sure to check back to UICFlames.com for results and recap of the UIC’s track & field team’s performances at the Chicagoland Championships.