Track & Field Treks West for Huskie Open in DeKalb|
April 18, 2013
CHICAGO- The UIC men's and women's track & field teams will make the short trip west on I-88 to take part in the Huskie Open on the campus of Northern Illinois this Saturday, April 20. The meet will be held at the NIU Track & Field Complex.
"We sat a few student-athletes this past weekend at Western Illinois, so with an extra week of training they should be ready to compete at peak form," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "I like that we are facing teams that we have seen the past few weekends (NIU, DePaul, Marquette) because it gives our athletes a good benchmark to work from on a week-to-week basis.
"The season is quickly winding down so we expect to see season PR's at this meet so we go into the Horizon League Championships with the confidence we'll need."
Field events will get underway at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, with the javelin throw, hammer throw, long jump, triple jump, high jump, pole vault, discus throw and shot put.
At approximately 1:00 p.m., the main track events will begin. Featured events will include the 4x100 meter relay, 1,500-meter run, 100 (women's) and 110-meter (men's) hurdles, 3,000-meter steeplechase, 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles, 800-meter run, 200-meter dash, 5,000-meter run and 4x400 relay.
UIC posted nine individual top-10 finishes at last weekend's Lee Calhoun Invitational, including seven on the men's side. Most notably, Angelos Karkalis collected a fourth-place finish in the 1,500-meter run (3:59.94) and Justin Higginbotham placed fourth in the triple jump (14.27 meters). In the women's events, Tess Ehrhardtclaimed a fourth-place finish in the 1,500-meter (4:45.28).
Karkalis' time in the 1,500-meter was the ninth-best mark in the Horizon League this season. Additionally, Anthony Hollingsworth crossed the finishing line in 22.13 seconds in the 200-meter dash, the League's eighth-best tally. Meanwhile, Rebecca Zaiter'srun of 2:16.65 in the 800-meter represented the eighth-best mark in the Horizon League on the women's side.
Ehrhardt's finish in the 1,500-meter marked the League's ninth-best tally on the season. Sharon Mwalewas nominated for the Horizon League Female Field Athlete of the Week after leaping 1.60 meters in the high jump, the third-best jump in the Horizon League entering this weekend's slate.