Track & Field Collects Five First-Place Tallies at Chicagoland Championships
April 8, 2012
CHICAGO- The UIC men's and women's track & field teams combined to win five events at last weekend's Chicagoland Championships, including four individual titles by the women's squad. The women's 4x800 team, comprised of three newcomers, broke the meet and stadium record.
The Flames' women's squad finished third in the 17-team field, with 86 total points. The men's team took fourth overall (69), just four points behind third-place Carthage (73).
"I was amazed to see four first-place finishes from our women's team, particularly our 4x800 relay team convincingly setting a pretty long-standing record," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "I was happy for Ariel (Kirby), our lone double winner, and Sharon Mwale. "We had some great performances, and I was thrilled with the third-place finish on the women's side."
"Our men struggled, but we finished just outside of third-place, which is where I thought we could finish during Saturday's competition," Knoedel added. "There were some big improvements from last week, which continued to push us toward our individual and team's season goals."
The aforementioned women's 4x800 relay team was comprised of junior Jaime Johnson, freshmen Tess Ehrhardt and Rebecca Zaiter and junior college transfer Ariel Kirby. They crossed the finishing line in 9:27.45, shattering the previous meet and stadium record of 9:35.09, set by Washington University in 2008.
Kirby also captured the individual title in the 400-meter dash, posting a time of 56.46 seconds, more than one whole second (57.85) ahead of DePaul's Lindsey Holden, and the top mark in the Horizon League this season. Kirby also finished seventh in the 200-meter (25.85 seconds).
Sharon Mwale captured the Chicagoland Championship in the high jump, leaping 1.57 meters for her first-career individual title. Kellie Schuhwon her second-straight Chicagoland Championship in the pole vault (3.65 meters), while also finishing second in the triple jump (12.05 meters).
Other top-ten finishes for the women included Zaiter in the 800-meter run (2:18.78; 6th), Jaime Johnson in the 1,500-meter (4:47.40; 5th), Aimee Schuh in the 100-meter hurdles (15.68 seconds; 6th), Constance Sciacero in the high jump (1.52 meters; 4th), Katie Wallace in the pole vault (2.60 meters; 7th), Mariya Denisenko in the long jump (5.42 meters; 5th), Alex Warner in the discus throw (35.42 meters; 8th) and hammer throw (47.62 meters; 2nd) and Noelle Williamsin the hammer throw (26.79 meters; 9th).
On the men's side, the 4x800 meter relay team, made up by freshmen Cody Lee and Gunnar Sterne, along with sophomores Angelos and Photis Karkalistook home medalist honors, crossing the finishing line in 7:51.36.
Additionally, both Brandon Gale (13.62 meters) and Matt Marzahl tallied runner-up finishes in the respective triple jump and decathlon. Recording third-place finishes were Justen Garth in the 100-meter dash (11.31 seconds), Josh Stanner in the 200-meter (22.45 seconds), Matt Zaluckyj in the 400-meter (48.71 seconds), Angelos Karkalis in the 800-meter (1:53.48) and Photis Karkalisin the 1,500-meter run (3:58.66). Garth won his preliminary round of the 100-meter, crossing the finishing line in 11.11 seconds.
Other notable top-10 finishes on the men's side included Brian Denk in the 10,000-meter run (31.58.28; 7th), freshman Michael Stupka (49.12 seconds; 6th) and Stanner (49.25 seconds; 8th) in the 400-meter dash, John Glass in the 400-meter hurdles (59.92 seconds), Marzahl in the high jump (1.91 meters; 7th) and Nate Kamm(4.55 meters; 4th) and Andrew Rosete (4.25 meters; 10th) in the pole vault.
Both the men's and women's teams will travel to Lisle, Ill., next Saturday (April 14) to take part in the Eagle Invitational.