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    Sophomore Crystal Sanders turned in a pair of top-five finishes on Saturday.
    Sophomore Crystal Sanders turned in a pair of top-five finishes on Saturday.
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    March 29, 2003

    Wheaton, Ill. - Freshman Gloria Jackson posted a second-place finish of 16'3?" in the long jump to help propel the University of Illinois at Chicago track and field squad to an eighth-place finish at the Wheaton Invitational on Saturday afternoon amid very chilly weather.

    Sophomore Crystal Sanders also placed in the long jump with a fourth-place mark of 16'?" and added a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (1:09.5).

    Carthage College captured the women's title with 116 points, followed by Wheaton (96.5), College of DuPage (59.5), Carroll College (54), North Park (49), UW-Parkside (48), Chicago State (45.5), UIC (41.5), UW-Whitewater (41), University of Chicago (33), North Central (32), Olivet Nazarene (31), Concordia (16), Milwaukee Tech (8), Harper (3), Trinity Christian (2) and Benedictine (2).

    Tamika Johnson placed fifth overall in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line in 1:02.81.

    The Flames also received a third-place finish from their 400-meter relay team (50.3).

    UIC will be back in action on April 5th, as they will travel to Naperville, Ill., to participate in the Chicagoland Championships, hosted by North Central College.

    "We're looking forward to the Chicagoland Championships and to see how the athletes continue to respond to the competition," UIC head coach Jim Knoedel said.