Indoor Track & Field Wraps Up Competition at Meyo Invitational|
Feb. 4, 2012
CHICAGO - The UIC men's and women's indoor track & field teams wrapped up competition in the historic Meyo Invitational Saturday, coming away with three school records, and nine top-10 finishes between the individual events and relays.
"I was very pleased with our performances this weekend," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "The women's distance medley relay team convincingly set the school record off the tremendous legs of Jaime (Johnson), Ariel (Kirby), Rebecca (Zaiter) and Tess (Ehrhardt). I was also pleased with Kellie (Schuh), as she turned in another top-notch effort in the pole vault, setting the school record. I was also very excited about our success in the 800-meter run."
In the women's pole vault, Kellie Schuh turned in another strong performance, leaping 3.86 meters to top the existing school record. Ehrhardt capped off a stellar all-around meet by capturing the school record in the 1-Mile Run (5:08.59).
Notably, Kirby and Zaiter finished with respective times of 2:14.96 and 2:15.62 in the 800-meter run. Additionally, Alexandria Warner finished 12th in the weight throw (16.77 meters).
On the men's side, Michael Stupka crossed the finishing line in 49.28 seconds in the 400-meter dash, good for 20th place in the field. In the 800-meter run, Matt Zaluckyj finished with a time of 1:53.45.
Other top-20 finishes for the men included Justen Garth in 60-meter dash (7.04; 19th), Sam Kehoe in the 5,000 meter run (14:53.88; 18th), the combination of Gunnar Sterne, Josh Stanner, Zaluckyj and Angelos Karkalis in the Distance Medley (10:10.05), Justin Higginbotham in the triple jump (14.20 meters; 12th) and Mitchell George in the weight throw (14.12 meters; 20th).
Both teams will compete in a split-squad schedule next weekend (Feb. 10-11), at the respective Chicagoland Championships and Iowa State Classic.