Track & Field Teams Place in Top-Three at Chicagoland Classic
April 10, 2011
CHICAGO - The UIC men's and women's track & field teams wrapped up a successful run at the Chicagoland Classic this weekend, with the men's squad placing second in the field, and the women's team carding a third-place finish.
In Saturday's men's competition, the Flames recorded 16 top-five finishes, including two individual titles. Anthony Hollingsworth took first in the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.82 seconds, then finished second in the 200-meter, accounting for 18 team points. Hollingsworth also anchored the first-place 4x100 meter relay, which crossed the finishing line in 41.93 seconds.
Matt Zaluckyj took second in the 800 meter run (1:55.19), while Andy Wall carded second-place tallies in both the high jump (2.01 meters) and triple jump (14.39 meters). Other top-five tallies included Matt Kubik in the 200-meter dash (fifth), Wall in the 110-meter hurdles (fourth), Lewis Brown in the 800 meter run (fourth), Tyler Hinckley in the 1,500 meter (fifth), Sam Kehoe in the 10,000 meter (fourth), Justin Higginbotham in the high jump (third) and triple jump (fourth) and Nate Kamm in the pole vault (second).
"It was a great team effort from the guys; we had 17 athletes score points, leading to our second-place finish," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "Our 4x100 relay team gave us our first title, and showed why they were the 2010 Horizon League Champions.
"Anthony Hollingsworth placed in three events, and Andy Wall came up big to match Anthony's efforts. That was truly amazing. We faced conference rivals in Loyola and Valparaiso, and got a taste for the challenges we'll face down the road."
Aimee Schuh was the catalyst for the women's team on Friday, capturing the title in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.65 seconds, finishing second in the long jump (5.60 meters) and running the initial leg of the first-place 4x400 meter relay.
Kellie Schuh, Aimee's sister, took home medalist honors in the pole vault (3.70 meters), and also finished second in the triple jump. Andrea Crump added to the Flames' dominance in the field events, winning both the long jump (5.60 meters) and triple jump (11.79) competitions.
Other top-five tallies for the women's team included Crump in the 100-meter dash (fourth), Rosemary Gillam in the 10,000 meter (fourth), Constance Sciacero in the high jump (fourth), Stephanie Laidlaw in the pole vault (fourth), Aimee Schuh (second) and Mariya Denisenko (third) in the long jump, Erin Clark in the hammer throw (fourth), Jennifer Johnson in the high jump heptathlon (fourth) and Sharon Mwale in the shot put heptathlon (third).
"The women turned in some phenomenal times, and got us off to an exciting start to the weekend," Knoedel said. "We had great efforts from Aimee Schuh, Andrea Crump and Kellie Schuh, and they were key to our success. We always preach that every point counts and the closeness of the final score really showed that this adage is true."
The UIC men's and women's track and field teams will remain in the Windy City next week, heading to the DePaul Invitational on Saturday (April 16) - competition is set to begin at 10 a.m.