Track and Field Opens Up Outdoor Season At Wheaton College Invitational

Junior Jessica Pancoska captured the 1,500-meter run title with a mark of 5:00.14.
Junior Jessica Pancoska captured the 1,500-meter run title with a mark of 5:00.14.

March 31, 2002

Wheaton, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago men's and women's track and field teams turned in a pair of impressive performances in the first outdoor meet of the season in cold and windy conditions as the women's squad finished 3rd out of 15 teams with 75 points, while the men were 11th out of 16 teams with 25 points at the Wheaton College Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

North Central won the men's competition with 161.5 points, followed by Wheaton College (117 points), College of DuPage (65), University of Chicago (58), Harper College (52), Beloit (52), Ripon (48), Chicago State (45), UW-Whitewater (34), Elmhurst (31), UIC (25), Carthage (13), UW-Superior (10), Lewis (6), Benedictine (5) and MSOE (4).

North Central also captured the women's competition with 161 points, followed by Wheaton College (122), UIC (75), Elmhurst (53), Ripon (48), College of DuPage (47), University of Chicago (43), Beloit (38), Carthage (35), UW-Superior (31), Harper (22), Benedictine (21), UW-Parkside (9) and Lewis (6).

"It was a pretty good meet, considering the meet conditions," UIC Assistant Coach Jim Kupres said. "It was a nice meet to get into after a month layoff since the indoor conference championships."

UIC dominated the 1,500 meter run on the women's side as Jessica Pancoska won the event with a time of 5:00.14, while Monieka Thompson was third overall with a mark of 5:04.18.

The women also received second-place efforts from junior Amy Fehrman (high jump, 5"1?'), sophomore Jenni Goebel (17:48, 5,000-meter run), freshmen Sara Jeffers (3,000-meter steeplechase, 13:10.45), and Simeko Washington (shot put, 40-feet). Goebel, Jeffers and Washington each set new outdoor school-records in their respective events.



Freshman Sara O'Mara placed seventh in the discus with a new-school record heave of 111-feet, 9-inches.

Junior Rich Daubert was also victorious on the day as he crossed the finish line of the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:24.9. The Flames also received a runner-up finish from junior Joe Marren in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a mark of 10:05.1.

UIC will be back in action on Saturday, April 6th, as they will travel to North Central College to participate in the Chicagoland Championships at 10:00 AM.