Women's Track And Field Finishes Strong At Horizon League Indoor Championships

Sophomore transfer Crystal Sanders was a part of three school-records over the weekend.
Sophomore transfer Crystal Sanders was a part of three school-records over the weekend.

March 3, 2003

Milwaukee, Wis. - The University of Illinois at Chicago women's track and field squad may have placed sixth out of seven teams at the Horizon League championships this weekend, but the Flames didn't leave the Klotsche Center disappointed as they took home six school-records.

"It was nice to see the good number of personal-records this weekend," UIC head coach Jim Knoedel said. "All in all, we competed much better this year and improved in a majority of the events.

"We'll do even better in the outdoor season," Knoedel continued. "This was a very good meet to end the indoor season."

UW-Milwaukee took the championship and ran away with it, as the Panthers totaled 165 points for the weekend. Detroit and Loyola each tied for second with 97 points, followed by Youngstown State (84), Butler (44), UIC (34), Wright State (4).

Freshman Lauren Quinn was honored following the meet with Horizon League Newcomer of the Year Award for the field events with a third-place and school-record mark of 9'0" in the pole vault on Saturday evening.

Sophomore transfer Crystal Sanders placed fourth overall in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.11. Sanders set the school-record on Saturday night, winning her heat with a time of 9.1.

Sanders was also on the school-record 4x400 relay squad, including Tamika Johnson, Monieka Thompson and Korinne Krych, that placed fourth overall with a mark of 4:00.86. The previous record of 4:07.73 was set in 2001.

Thompson broke her own record in the 400-meter dash with a second-place finish of 57.72. She set the record last season with a time of 57.75. She also earned a third-place finish of 2:19.20 in the 800-meter run.



Johnson also captured a school-record in the triple jump with a leap of 35'0". The previous record of 34'10 ?" was set by Lindsey Schwerman last season.

UIC will be back in action on Saturday, as they will travel to South Bend, Indiana to participate in the Alex Wilson Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame.