Track & Field Records Pair of Fourth-Place Finishes at HL Indoor Championships

"Freshman Kyle Hauser distinguished himself with two impressive performances Sunday," said Knoedel
"Freshman Kyle Hauser distinguished himself with two impressive performances Sunday," said Knoedel

March 2, 2014

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio- The UIC men's and women's track & field teams both took home fourth-place finishes at the 2014 Horizon League Indoor Championships.  The two day competition wrapped up action Sunday afternoon at the Watson and Tressel Training Site. 

The women's team finished with 62 team points, while the men's team ended competition with 63 total points. 

"Our teams fought hard both days, and I was very proud of our team outcome.  They continually responded to the challenges with championship efforts," said head coach Jim Knoedel.

A noteworthy performance Sunday came from junior Matt Marzahl who finished second in the heptathlon. 

Freshman Kyle Hauser set a personal record in the 1-mile run crossing the finish line in just 4:13.71 in fourth-place on the track. 

In field events, Richmond Richter and Seyi Ogunleye went head-to-head, Richter finishing first, with a personal best leap of 14.87 meters and Ogunleye came in second with a mark of 14.43 meters. 

"I've been a collegiate coach for 32-years and rarely have I seen a stretch drive as tough as the one by Tess Ehrhardt in the 3k," said coach Jim Knoedel.  "She fought tooth and nail the last 200 meters and held off the athlete that had won the mile earlier that day."

On the women's side, junior Tess Ehrhardt took home top honors in the 3,000-meter run crossing the finish line in 10:03.97.  Teammates Lauren Lindholm and Stephanie Sanders also competed finishing with times of 10:15.25 and 10:34.93, respectively. 

"Rebecca Zaiter epitomized what a teammate should be," said Knoedel.  "She ran in four events, but still managed to win the 800 in a WATTS Center record."

Junior Rebecca Zaiter had a strong performance in the 800-meter run crossing the finish line in 2:12.31.

Ehrhardt and Zaiter both participated in the 1-mile run, finishing in third and fourth-place with times of 4:58.32 and 5:01.81, respectively. 

LaTreesha Williams competed in the pole vault event finishing second of ten competitors with a mark of 3.45 meters. 

The Flames will continue competition as they travel to Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 14 for the NCAA Indoor Championships.