Women Sit in Second, Men in Sixth after Day One of HL Indoors

Jennifer Johnson
Jennifer Johnson

Feb. 25, 2012

Day One Results (HL Indoor Championships)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio- The UIC men's and women's track & field teams wrapped up day one of the 2012 Horizon League Indoor Championships Saturday, with the Flames taking home four first-place finishes, including three on the women's side. After Saturday's action, the women's team sits in second-place, while the men are in sixth entering Sunday's final day.

The women's team collected 39 team points on day one, 16 points behind League leader Milwaukee (55). The men's team recorded 16 team points, just one tally behind fifth-place Detroit (17).

"We got off to a good start today," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "The women's distance medley relay team set a school record, and the title by Kellie (Schuh) in the pole vault was a great finish to day one. On the men's side, I was very excited about Sam Kehoe'stime in the 5,000 meter. We have eight athletes that have qualified for finals tomorrow, so I expect a lot more points, and a great finish to the weekend."

The women's distance medley relay team, comprised of Jaime Johnson, Ariel Kirby, Rebecca Zaiter and Tess Ehrhardt, set a new school record, crossing the finishing line in 11:59.51, good for second-place in the field. Andrea Crumpwon her flight of the Long Jump, leaping 5.64 meters, ahead of seven other League competitors.

Jennifer Johnson also finished first in her section of the 60-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 9.54 seconds - she also finished fourth in both the long jump (4.88 meters) and shot put (9.57 meters) as the Flames' designated competitor in the Pentathlon. Kellie Schuhrecorded a dominant performance in the Pole Vault, taking home the Horizon League title with a leap of 3.79 meters.

On the men's side, Sam Kehoe finished the 5,000 meter run in 14:36.07. Nate Kamm finished third in his flight of the pole vault (4.55 meters), while Nick Torres took second in the long jump, with a leap of 6.87 meters. Matt Marzahl, competing in the Pentathlon, took fourth in his section of the 60-meter dash (7.93 seconds), while finishing second in the high jump (1.87 meters) and collecting top honors in the shot put (11.15 meters).

Competition from the Watson and Tressel Training Site will resume at noon on Sunday.