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    Sophomore Sprinter Jessica Fouche Claims Two Victories At Horizon League Championships

    Sophomore sprinter Jessica Fouche broke the meet records in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash.
    Sophomore sprinter Jessica Fouche broke the meet records in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash.
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    May 7, 2004

    Indianapolis, Ind. - University of Illinois at Chicago sophomore sprinter Jessica Fouche captured the 200-meter and 400-meter events to push the Flames to the sixth-place finish at the 2004 Horizon League Track and Field championships, hosted by Butler, on Friday afternoon.

    Fouche broke the meet records in both events with a time of 24.49 in the 200-meter dash and 55.37 in the 400-meter dash. Detroit's Shireese Stalin set the previous 200-meter dash record of 24.82 in 2000, while UW-Milwaukee's Tenia Fisher set the previous 400-meter dash mark of 56.58 in 2003.

    With the victories, Fouche receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals on May 29th, at Baton Rouge, hosted by Louisiana State.

    Fouche also anchored the second-place, school-record, 4x100 relay team (47.31) and third-place, school-record, 4x400 relay squad (3:55.89). Joining her on the relay team was Elaine Hayes, Tamika Johnson and Rowsha LaBranche.

    Following the meet, LaBranche was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year in track events. LaBranche also picked up a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash (57.68).

    Youngstown State captured the overall title with 131 points, followed by UW-Milwaukee (113 points), Detroit (112), Butler (95), Loyola (85), UIC (57) and Wright State (26).

    Junior throwing specialist Sara O'Mara tied her school-record in the hammer throw, set yesterday, with a second-place heave of 157'4".

    Sophomore sprinter Tamika Johnson finished fifth overall in the 400-meter dash with a time of 57.86.