Women's Track And Field Opens Season In Impressive Fashion

Sophomore sprinter Rowsha LaBranche won the 200-meter dash on Saturday.
Sophomore sprinter Rowsha LaBranche won the 200-meter dash on Saturday.

Jan. 10, 2005

Chicago, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago sophomore sprinter Rowsha LaBranche garnered a first-place finish, along with a pair of runner-up finishes to pace the women's track and field squad at the University of Chicago Open on Saturday afternoon.

LaBranche captured the 200-meter dash title with a time of 26.5, and narrowly edged teammate Tamika Johnson (1:02.44) for second place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.27.

LaBranche also finished second as a member of the 4x400 relay squad (4:16.62) along with Jasmine Sutton, Jessica Cwiak and Idara Essien.

Essien picked up a second, runner-up finish in the triple jump with a leap of 10.51 meters.

In her first collegiate meet, sophomore Kristina Finley obliterated the school-record in the pole vault with a first-place, school-record mark of 2.9 meters. Finley's teammate Candace Jackson previously held the school-record with a vault of 2.795 meters.

Freshman Adaeze Chumokorafor rounded out the winners for UIC on Saturday with a high jump of 1.58 meters. Sophomore Laura Otepka finished close behind with a mark of 1.53 meters.

Senior Jenni Goebel rounded out the top-three finishers for UIC with a second-place mark in the 1-mile run (5:27.39).



UIC will be back in action on Saturday, as they will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to participate in the Purdue Invitational at 3:00 p.m. (CST).