Track and Field Set to Compete at Carthage Invite and ONU Quad

Head coach Jim Knoedel
Head coach Jim Knoedel

Jan. 30, 2014

CHICAGO, Ill. – The men’s and women’s track and field teams will travel to Kenosha, Wis., Friday, Jan. 31, to take part in the Carthage Invite which is set to start at 3:30 p.m. CT.  The teams will then head to Bourbonnais, Ill., to participate in the Olivet Nazarene University Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 1. 

The last time the Flames participated at the Carthage Invite, the women’s team took home third-place and the men snagged second-place overall.

Rebecca Zaiter broke a school record in the 1,000-meter run finishing with a time of 3:02.37.  Fellow teammate Tess Ehrhardt secured first-place in the one-mile run with a time of 5:16.71.

Senior Mariya Denisenko also had an outstanding performance as she set a school record in the long jump leaping a distance of 56.69 meters.

On the men’s side, Sophomore Michael Stukpa contributed to the men’s second-place finish when he took home top honors in the 400-meter dash crossing the finish line in 50.85 seconds. 

Saturday will be the first time the Flames compete in the Olivet Nazarene University Invitational.

With more time to practice during the extra week off from competition, the Flames faced some adversity this week when the temperatures fell below zero in Chicago.

“It’s been especially tough on the distance runners because they've been outside when it’s above 10 degrees but there haven't been many of those days,” said head coach Jim Knoedel.  “So they've been forced to do a lot of their mileage on the treadmill.”

Although the freezing temperatures may be a negative to some, coach Knoedel and his teams have stayed optimistic as they look forward to back-to-back competitions this weekend.



“Most of the athletes didn't have access to do the technique work over break so this extra week has given us a chance to put in the additional work needed,” said Knoedel. “I think we'll see improvements in all the field events as a result.”

Be sure to check back to for results and recap of the UIC’s track & field team’s performances at the Carthage Invite and ONU Quad.