Records Continue To Fall For Women's Track And Field Squad

Senior Monieka Thompson won the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.32.
Senior Monieka Thompson won the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.32.

Feb. 17, 2002

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - The further the University of Illinois at Chicago indoor track and field season goes along, the more school records have been broken.

Four more marks went down last Friday as the UIC track and field teams participated in the UW-Milwaukee Pre-Conference Tune Up on Friday night.

"We were hurting a little bit with people sitting out the meet because of illness," UIC track and field coach Jim Knoedel said. "If we remain healthy, we should be in good shape for the conference championships.

"We have progressively gotten better from the top to the bottom," Knoedel continued. "I'm excited for what's ahead and we're ready to go."

Sophomore Jenni Goebel captured her third school record in her brief career with a fifth-place finish of 5:16 in the mile run.

The women's team continued to look impressive in the weight events as both Simeko Washington and Sara O'Mara captured records in the shot put and weight throw respectively.

Washington placed third overall in the shot put with a heave of 12.58 meters, while O'Mara broke the school-record in the weight throw for the fourth time this season with a third-place toss of 14.64 meters.

Freshman Lindsey Schwerman also cracked the UIC record annals as she placed third in the long jump with a fourth-place school-record leap of 5.03 meters.

Senior Monieka Thompson was the lone UIC athlete to win her event as she captured the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.32. She also earned a third-place finish of 26.41 in the 200-meter dash.

On the men's side, senior Danny Smith placed third in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:30.89. Junior Joe Marren placed seventh overall in the same event with a time of 2:32.62. after losing his shoe following the first lap.



The Flames also received a second-place performance from their mile-relay team that crossed the finish line with a time of 3:32.35.

UIC will be back in action this weekend, as they will travel to Indianapolis, Indiana to participate in the Horizon League Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday.