Mwale, Johnson Pace Track & Field During Day One of Outdoor Championships
May 6, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS - Roy Mwale and Jennifer Johnson recorded a combined eight top-five finishes to pace the respective UIC men's and women's track & field teams during day one of the Horizon League Outdoor Championships at the Michael A. Carroll Track Stadium Friday.
"We started off the first day as well as I had hoped," said UIC head coach Jim Knoedel. "Our multi-event performers, Roy Mwale and Jennifer Johnson did well and are in great position for the second day.
"Erin Clark broke the school record in the discus throw, and Brian (Denk) and Sam (Kehoe) came up with strong races to get big points in the 10K. The prelims on Saturday will set the stage for a strong finish on Sunday."
Mwale tallied the Flames' best individual performance of the day, finishing second in the 400-meter dash decathlon, crossing the finishing line in 51.88 seconds. He also finished fourth in the high jump (1.71 meters), fifth in the 100-meter dash (11.29 seconds) and shot put (8.64 meters) and sixth in the long jump (5.88 meters) decathlons.
Johnson tallied a fourth-place finish in the shot put heptathlon (8.66 meters), and fifth in the 200-meter dash (27.28 seconds), 100-meter hurdles (16.87 seconds) and high jump (1.41 meters) heptathlons.
On the men's side, Brian Denk finished fourth in the 10,000 meter run (30:54.56), followed closely by fifth-place Sam Kehoe (31:09.84). In women's action, Rosemary Gillam finished fifth in the 10,000 meter run (38:14.58), while Erin Clark took eighth in the discus throw (39.69 meters), followed by 11th place Alexandria Warner (37.38 meters) and Ashley Williams (33.81 meters), who finished 15th in the field.
Saturday's competition will begin at 8 a.m. (CST), with the decathlon and heptathlon events. Field events will begin at 12:30 p.m., with running events starting at 3 p.m.