Women's Track and Field Places Eighth At Chicagoland Championships

Junior sprinter Jessica Fouche ran a leg of the school-record 4x400 relay squad.
Junior sprinter Jessica Fouche ran a leg of the school-record 4x400 relay squad.

April 11, 2005

Naperville, Ill. - The University of Illinois at Chicago 4x400 relay team of Jessica Fouche, Jasmine Sutton, Tamika Johnson and Rowsha LaBranche set the school-record with a second-place finish of 3:53.51 to help the women's track and field squad to an eighth-place finish at the Chicagoland Championships, hosted by North Central College, on Saturday afternoon.

The previous record of 3:55.89 was set last season, by Fouche, Johnson, LaBranche and Elaine Hayes.

Northern Illinois won the overall title with 169 points, followed by DePaul (117), Carthage (93), Wheaton (82), Olivet Nazarene (75), University of Chicago (66.5), North Central (64), UIC (54.5), Lewis (40), Elmhurst (24), North Park (15), Chicago State (7), Northwestern (5), Aurora (3), Harper (2), Benedictine (1) and Concordia (1).

Earlier in the afternoon, both Fouche and Sutton recorded second-place, individual finishes. Fouche crossed the finish line of the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.02, while Sutton was a runner-up in the 400-meter dash (58.31).

Sophomore Rachel Covert added a second-place finish of her own in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase (11:47.27).

Senior distance runner Jenni Goebel placed third in the 5,000-meter run (17:35.78), while the 4x100 relay squad earned a bronze medal with a time of 48.99.

UIC will be back in action on Saturday morning, as they will participate in the Wheaton Invitational, beginning at 10:00 a.m.