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    Women's Track and Field Dominates Competition At Elmhurst Invitational

    Sophomore sprinter Jessica Fouche claimed four first-place finishes at the Elmhurst Invite.
    Sophomore sprinter Jessica Fouche claimed four first-place finishes at the Elmhurst Invite.
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    April 19, 2004

    Elmhurst, Ill. - University of Illinois at Chicago sophomore sprinter Jessica Fouche turned in a dominating performance on Saturday afternoon, as the Chicago native collected four-first place finishes to pace the Flames at the Elmhurst Invitational.

    Fouche captured the 100-meter dash title with a time of 12.43 and crossed the finish line of the 200-meter dash in 24.97. She was also the anchor-leg of the Flames' winning and school-record 4x100 (47.99) and 4x400 (3:57.62) relay teams.

    Joining her on the record-winning relay teams were Elaine Hayes, Tamika Johnson and Rowsha LaBranche. The quartet had previously set the school-record of 48.17 earlier this season at the Wheaton Invitational.

    Johnson, Korinne Krych, Monieka Thompson and Crystal Sanders set the previous 4x400 relay record of 3:57.99, last season.

    LaBranche also took home a first-place finish in the 400-meter run with a season-best time of 58.27 and added a runner-up mark in the 200-meter dash (25.74).

    Senior Jenni Goebel cruised to the 5,000-meter run title with a season-best time of 17:47.60, beating her runner-up by 53 seconds.

    UIC also dominated the hammer throw as the Flames took home first through third place, led by Sara O'Mara (150'11") and followed by Danielle Simpson (145'1") and Candace Jackson (125'0").

    UIC will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, as they will travel to Renssaeler, Ind., to participate in the St. Joseph's Invitational.