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     Idara Essien
    Idara Essien

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Wheaton, Ill.

    High School:
    Wheaton-Warrenville South

    Position:
    Jumps


    2007-08 Highlights: Led the team in the triple jump during the indoor and outdoor seasons...won the triple jump title and posted a season-best mark of 11.75m at the University of Chicago Invitational on Feb. 2...placed second in the long jump with a distance of 5.06m at the Redbird Invitational on Jan. 19...won the triple jump crown with a leap of 12.03 meters at the Chicagoland Championships on April 3...finished in fourth-place in the triple jump (11.86m) at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships on May 9...broke the school outdoor triple jump record with a distance of 12.06 meters at the DePaul Relays on May 14.

    2006-07 Highlights: Horizon League indoor and outdoor triple jump champion...won the triple jump at the Horizon League Indoor Championships with an 11.81m...set a Horizon League outdoor record with a 12.00m at the league outdoor championships...won the triple jump at the Tadd Metzger Invitational on Feb. 3 with a 11.38m...took second in the triple jump (11.37m) at the Redbird Invitational on Apr. 28.

    2005-06 Highlights: Set the UIC indoor and outdoor school records in the triple jump while claiming the Horizon League title in the event during both the indoor and outdoor season...competed in the triple jump at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships...set the outdoor school record in the triple jump with a leap of 12.05m at the Indy Relays on April 15...was also the Flames' top performer in the long jump during the outdoor season with a personal-best leap of 5.34m at the Chicagoland Championships...broke the UIC indoor record and set a new meet record at the Horizon League Indoor Championships in the triple jump with distance of 12.36m...named the Outstanding Field Performer of the Meet at the league indoor championships...took first in the triple jump at the UWM Tune-Up on Feb. 17th with a leap of 11.89m...set a new personal best in the long jump at the Purdue Invite on Jan. 14th with a distance of 5.00m.

    2004-05 Highlights: Named UIC Newcomer of the Year...won the triple jump at the UW-Milwaukee Tune-Up on Feb. 19th with a leap of 10.66 meters, good for second-best on the squad...later added UIC's second-best, indoor long jump of the season with a mark of 4.75 meters...took home a third-place finish in the triple jump (10.45 meters) at the Redbird Invitational on Jan. 29th...captured another third-place mark in the triple jump (10.19 meters) at the Purdue Invitational on Jan. 15th, while also a part of the fourth-place, 4x400 relay team (4:14.52)...ran a leg of the runner-up, 4x400 relay (4:16.62) and finished second in the triple jump (10.51 meters) at the University of Chicago Open...placed third overall in the triple jump with a team-season best leap of 11.13 meters at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships...won the triple jump title at the Butler Twilight with a school-record mark of 11.13 meters...earned a third-place mark in the triple jump (10.33 meters) at the Jerry England Invitational...captured a team-season best leap of 5.04 meters in the long jump at the Butler Twilight.

    Prep/Personal: Letterwinner in track & field at Wheaton-Warrenville South...born Jan. 4, 1986...majoring in political science/French.

    Career-Best Indoor Marks
    200-Meter: :29.02 (1/29/05)
    Long Jump: 5.06m (1/19/08)
    Triple Jump: 12.36m (2/25/06) **SCHOOL RECORD**
    

    Career-Best Outdoor Marks 100-Meter: :14.01 (3/29/08) 200-Meter: :28.62 (4/3/08) Long Jump: 5.34m (4/8/06) Triple Jump: 12.06m (5/14/08) **SCHOOL RECORD**