Track & Field Records Pair of Fifth-Place Finishes at HL Indoors
Feb. 26, 2012
The men's team finished with 63 team points, moving up one spot from sixth place after Saturday's first day of events. The women's team finished with 58 points, just two tallies behind fourth-place Loyola.
"I was proud of the effort we put forth this weekend," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "We had three school records broken, and had a lot of very good performances and times."
One of the most noteworthy performances on the men's side was Matt Zaluckyj setting a school record in the 800-meter run, crossing the finishing line in 1:50.92, good for second-place in the field. The effort broke his own school record by more than 1.5 seconds.
In the high jump, freshman Mat Marzahl leaped 1.96 meters in the finals, finishing second individually. Justen Garth took third in the 60-meter dash, crossing the finishing line in 6.94 seconds. Meanwhile, Josh Stanner took sixth in the 200-meter dash (22.20 seconds) and third in the 400-meter (48.85 seconds). Closely following Stanner in the 400-meter dash were Michael Stupka (48.91 seconds; 5th) and Ryan Blackmon (49.21 seconds; 6th).
On the women's side, the same foursome that set the school record in the distance medley relay on Saturday claimed another school standard in Sunday's 4 x 400 meter relay. Jaime Johnson, Tess Erhrhardt, Rebecca Zaiter and Ariel Kirby finished the race in 3:58.97, good for third-place in the eight-team field.
Additionally, Kirby continued on her stellar debut campaign by capturing the individual title in the 800-meter run, crossing the finishing line in 2:12.50, more than 0.6 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Mariya Denisenko took third in the long jump, leaping 5.66 meters in the finals. Alexandria Warner also had a strong showing, taking third in the weight throw, including a toss of 17.32 meters in the final round.
UIC will be idle from competition until the last weekend of March, when the Flames open the Outdoor season at the Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind.