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    Feb. 27, 2014

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    CHICAGO, Ill. – The UIC’s men’s and women’s track and field teams will travel to Youngstown, Ohio to compete in the Horizon League Indoor Championships this weekend.  Events are set to begin on Saturday, March 1 at 9:00 a.m. CT, from the Watson and Tressel Training Site (WATTS), and will continue into Sunday.

    The field events scheduled for Saturday are, the men’s and women’s pole vault, men’s and women’s long jump and weight throw. On the track, the finals for the 5,000-meter run and distance medley relay, including prelims for the 60-meter hurdles, 400-meter dash, 60-meter dash, 800-meter run and the 200-meter dash will also take place. 

    On Sunday, finals for all events will be held, in addition to high jump, triple jump, shot put, mile run, 3,000-meter run and 4x400-meter relay.  The high jump will kick off action Sunday at 9:00 a.m., along with triple jump and shot put at 11:00 a.m.  The remaining finals on the track are all set to begin at 1:10 p.m.

    “First and foremost our goal is to score as many points as possible so I put a premium on placing and winning,” said head coach Jim Knoedel. “I want them to surprise their competition. We may come into the meet with marks that may not be as impressive as other teams, but we want to come away from the championships with respect for our team because we always rise to the occasion.”

    At last year’s Indoor Championships, the women’s squad collected 51 points securing fourth-place, while the men’s team finished with 56 points in fifth-place.  

    Junior Tess Ehrhardt set a school record in the one-mile run (5:06.37), which she broke again this year at the Lewis Invite crossing the finish line in 4:55.54.  Another school record was set in the 4x400 meter relay as Jaime Johnson, Rebecca Zaiter, Aimee Schuh and Ariel Butzine crossed the finish line in just 3:54.42.


     

     

     On the men’s side, Roy Mwale (48.78 seconds) and Ryan Blackmon (48.94) both set personal best marks in the 400-meter run.

    “Life is competition,” said Knoedel. “I always enjoy seeing that athletes that make the big "break through" and get over that bar or makes huge cuts into their best time or add feet to their bests. Going to the conference meet is like Christmas - the anticipation is half the fun.”