Track & Field Wraps Up Day One of HL Indoor Championship

Ariel Butzine
Ariel Butzine

Feb. 23, 2013

Feb. 23, 2013

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The UIC men's and women's track & field teams qualified for the finals in nine individual events after one day of action at the 2013 Horizon League Indoor Championship. The men's team currently sits in fourth place, while the women enter Sunday's final day in sixth place overall.

"We exceeded our expectations today," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "We qualified for the finals in nine individual events and I couldn't have been more excited with the performances. We are in striking distance of finishing in the top half of the League for both groups, and I expect to see a top-notch team performance on Sunday."

The Flames got things started by capturing a decisive win in the Women's Distance Medley Relay (11:57.43). The foursome of Jaime Johnson, Ariel Butzine, Rebecca Zaiter and Tess Ehrhardt led from start to finish, and defeated the nearest team by more than 10 seconds. The relay team broke the school record for the second-consecutive season at the HL Indoors.

On the men's side, Roy Mwale improved on his previous best in the 400-meter by nearly one second (49.58 seconds), and finished third. Meanwhile, Anthony Hollingsworth dipped under 22 seconds (21.98 seconds) in the 200-meter for the first time in his career and placed fifth.

The field events were highlighted by newcomer Seyi Ogunleye placing fourth in the men's long jump (6.79 meters), and senior Andrea Crump taking fifth (5.47 meters) in the women's competition.

Heading into Sunday's final day of events, the Flames also have finalists in the men's & women's 1-Mile, 800-meter, 400-meter, 200-meter, 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles.

Loyola leads the men's competition with a total of 58 team points; Milwaukee's 48 team points on the women's side paces the field.