Track & Field to Compete at DePaul Invitational

Senior Matt Marzahl
Senior Matt Marzahl

April 17, 2014

CHICAGO, Ill. – On Friday, April 18, Tess Ehrhardt and Rebecca Zaiter will be traveling to Walnut, Calif., to compete in the star-studded Mt.Sac Relays.  The meet is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. CT, Ehrhardt will be running in the 5,000-meter run and Zaiter in the 800-meter run. 

“This is one of the premier meets in the nation, with many Olympic caliber athletes that will provide the stiff competition they need to reach their goals,” said head coach Jim Knoedel. “Opportunities like this are so important in their development and I know Tess & Rebecca will step up and produce the marks needed to get in the NCAA Regional Meet. They have both put in impressive workouts in the last two weeks so I'll be shocked if we don't see two new school records before the weekend is up.”

The remaining members of the men’s and women’s track & field teams will travel across town to DePaul University to compete in the DePaul Blue Demon Open.  The meet is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m, Saturday, April 19.

“I always enjoy going to DePaul for their invitational because our team thrives on being the best in the Chicago area,” said Knoedel. “Many of the athletes from the other schools (Northwestern, NIU, Valpo, DePaul) are ones they competed against in high school, so they have extra incentive to come out with good performances.”

During the 2013 DePaul Invite, Tess Ehrhardt took home top-honors in the 1,500-meter run, finishing nearly seven seconds ahead of her components with a time of 4:48.79.

On the men’s side, Senior Matt Marzahl finished first overall in the high jump, leaping 1.93 meters and took second-place in the men’s 110 meter hurdles with a time of 17.05 seconds.



“Last week (at Lewis) we finally had the warm weather that we've been dying for, but there was just too much wind,” said Knoedel. This weekend it will be a little cooler temps, but with calmer winds I'm expecting to see a lot of personal records on Saturday.”