Track & Field Posts 13 First-Place Finishes at Marquette Invitational

Marie Carlson
Marie Carlson

April 28, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - The UIC men's and women's track & field teams posted a combined 13 first-place finishes at the Marquette Invitational Saturday, in the final tune-up before next weekend's Horizon League Championship. Additionally, senior Matt Zaluckyj finished seventh, and junior Ariel Kirbyset the school record in the 800-meter run at the prestigious Drake Relays.

At the Marquette Invitational, the Flames collected five individual titles in the men's side, and eight first-place finishes in the women's events. Zaluckyj finished his race in 1:51.38, and was leading the field through the first 600-meters. Meanwhile, Kirby crossed the finishing line in 2:09.16, breaking an 11-year existing school record.

Marie Carlson took first in the Marquette Invitational's 400-meter dash, crossing the finishing line in 1:12.85. Freshman Rebecca Zaiter then claimed first-place in the 800-meter run (2:17.49), while Jennifer Johnsonwon the individual title in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 16.17 seconds.

Kellie Schuhcollected a pair of individual titles to highlight the women's team's performance, finishing first in both the pole vault (3.97 meters) and triple jump (11.34 meters). Her mark in the pole vault broke her previous school record.

Anthony Hollingsworth collected the individual titles in both the 100-meter (11.01 seconds) and 200-meter dashes (23.01 seconds). Angelos Karkalisfinished first in the 800-meter run (1:54.26), while his brother, Photis, captured the individual title in the 1,500-meter run, crossing the finishing line in 4:02.84.

The men's 4x400 relay team comprised of Angelos Karkalis, Joey Cieniewicz, Gunnar Sterne and Kosta Papazoglou finished first, claiming the title in 3:29.49. Matt Marzahl, the reigning Horizon League Male Field Athlete of the Week, then finished first in the high jump, leaping 1.80 meters in the finals.

Nick Torres captured the long jump championship, leaping 6.52 meters, while Justin Higginbothamleaped 14.26 meters in the triple jump to collect medalist honors.

Both the men's and women's teams will compete in next weekend's (May 4-6) Horizon League Championships in Wauwatosa, Wis.