UIC Cruises to Five First-Place Finishes at Chicagolands

Rebecca Zaiter
Rebecca Zaiter

April 6, 2013

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ROMEOVILLE, Ill. - The UIC men's and women's track & field teams completed competition in the two-day Chicagoland Championships hosted by Lewis University Saturday. UIC took home five individual titles, including three on the women's side.

The men's team finished fourth in the 22-team field with 73 points, while the women's squad placed sixth overall (52.50).

"It was a tough day because we were competing under such challenging conditions with steady 25-30 mile-per-hour winds and gusts of 40+ throughout the day," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "I was excited about the five victories - Matt Marzahl turned in bests in five-of the 10 events to win the decathlon and prove that he certainly is one of the best athletes at the meet.

"Both Ariel Butzine and Rebecca Zaiter ran smart races and had come from behind wins in the 400-and 800-meter. I was so impressed with their toughness the last 100 meters of the race when they were heading right into the wind. It was exciting to see Andrea Crump get back in her groove in the triple jump. She was frustrated last week at the Raleigh Relays, but made amends today with a huge effort of 11.99 (39'4") to win, only 3 inches off her career best."

Senior Ariel Butzine finished first in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finishing line in 56.06 seconds. Rebecca Zaiter continued on her stellar sophomore campaign, taking home medalist honors in the 800-meter run (2:19.20). Senior Andrea Crump turned in a solid performance in the field events, claiming first-place in the triple jump (11.99 meters) while finishing second in the long jump with a leap of 5.58 meters.

On the men's side, Seyi Ogunleye captured medalist honors in the triple jump (14.92 meters), and sophomore Matt Marzahl finished first in the decathlon.

North Central collected the team title on the men's side (178), while DePaul (156) took first in the women's events.

UIC will head to the Lee Calhoun Invitational in Macomb, Ill., next Saturday (April 13).