Track & Field Heads to Chicagoland Championships

Head coach Jim Knoedel
Head coach Jim Knoedel

April 4, 2013

CHICAGO - The UIC men's and women's outdoor track & field teams will compete in a local meet this weekend, when the Flames travel to Romeoville, Ill., to take part in the Chicagoland Championships, hosted by Lewis University. Events will run all day Friday and Saturday from Lewis Stadium.

The meet will be held on a nine-lane track, and the top-eight finishers in each event will account for the team scoring. The field events are scheduled to get underway at 1:00 p.m. CST on Friday, with the "distance carnival" slotted for 5:00 p.m. Field events will resume at noon on Saturday, and the main running events will start at approximately 12:30 p.m.

"We are going into the meet with some great performances and are ready to drop times and put some extra distance on the jumps and throws," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "As a team, we're looking for a top-three finish for both the men and women, and to come home with a bunch of individual champions. The weather has finally been reasonably nice, and we have gotten in a good week of training. I'm looking forward to a lot of personal bests this weekend."

UIC is coming off a strong showing in split squad action last week. The Flames competed at the prestigious Raleigh Relays, and the St. Joseph's Puma Invitational. UIC received strong individual performances from Rebecca Zaiter and Justen Garth, who were each recognized as the Horizon League's respective Male and Female Runners of the Week.

At the St. Joseph's Puma Invitational, UIC tallied first-place combined finishes in the women's 1,500-meter run, men's and women's long jump, men's 200-meter dash and the men's 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

The Flames collected five first-place finishes at last year's Lewis Invitational, including four individual titles by the women's squad. The 4x800 team, comprised of Jaime Johnson, Ariel Butzine, Tess Ehrhardt and Zaiter, broke the meet and stadium record. As a team, UIC's women's team finished third in the 17-team field.