Track & Field Opens Outdoor Season with Split Squad Action

Head coach Jim Knoedel
Head coach Jim Knoedel

March 29, 2013

CHICAGO - The UIC men's and women's track & field teams will officially open the outdoor season this weekend, competing in both the Raleigh Relays, hosted by N.C. State, and the PR Invitational in Renssalaer, Ind. The Flames were set to head to the Mike Polhein Invitational in West Lafayette, but the meet was canceled due to inclement weather and facility conditions.

"We've been training hard the last four weeks and all the athletes are anxious to get their first competition in," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "Of the select group of student-athletes we are taking to Raleigh, each has a realistic shot at qualifying for the NCAA Regional Meet in May. It looks like the group going down to St. Joe's will have good weather, and competition from conference rival Valparaiso so I'm looking for a bunch of Flames atop the Horizon League rankings."

The women's track & field team recorded a fourth-place finish at the Horizon League Indoor Championships, while the men finished fifth overall, just two points behind fourth-place Detroit.

The women's team carded nine top-five times in the Horizon League during the indoor campaign, including three by specialist Andrea Crump in the 60-meter dash, long jump and triple jump. In the middle distance events, UIC will look to sophomore Tess Ehrhardt and senior Ariel Butzine to help collect team points. Ehrhardt finished third in the 1-Mile Run at the Horizon League Indoor Championship, while Butzine collected the League's third-best time in the 800-meter at the GVSU Big Meet.

On the men's side, UIC was among the top-five times/marks in the Horizon League in eight individual events during the indoor season. Junior Angelos Karkalis posted top-five times in both the 1-Mile Run and 800-meter, while sophomore Matt Marzahl collected top-five tallies in the high jump and heptathlon.