Track and Field to Compete in Cougar Invitational Thursday
April 20, 2011
CHICAGO - The UIC men's and women's track & field teams will head to Lake Forest Thursday to take part in the Cougar Invitational. The meet will serve as the second-to-last tune-up for the Flames before heading to the outdoor Horizon League Championships.
UIC's competition in the Cougar Invitational will include rival Loyola, Aurora, Benedictine, Dominican, Elmhurst, IIT, Judson, Moraine Valley Community College, North Park, Oakton Community College, Robert Morris, Rockford College, Trinity Christian and Wheaton. Competition is set to begin at 2 p.m. CST.
"It's been a short and tough week of training, with the rain, but we're prepared for some strong efforts as we get closer to the end of the season," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "We will have athletes running in some different events to prepare them for the Horizon League Meet and I'll be interested to see how they respond."
UIC is coming off a combined 11 first-place finishes at last Saturday's DePaul Invitational. Junior specialist Aimee Schuh stole the show on the women's side, capturing the individual titles in the 100-meter hurdles (14.66 seconds), 400-meter hurdles (1:03.97) and long jump (5.46 meters). Schuh led a total of 16 top-five finishes for the Flames.
Constance Sciacero also captured the high jump title, leaping 1.60 meters. In the long jump, the Flames finished first (Schuh), third (Mariya Denisenko), fourth (Sharon Mwale) and fifth (Jennifer Johnson). Johnson also tallied a second-place finish in the triple jump, leaping 9.87 meters.
On the men's side, the Flames recorded four first-place finishes. Matt Kubik captured the 100-meter dash in 11.10 seconds; Matt Zaluckyj won the 800-meter run (1:53.02); Andy Wall took first in the javelin throw (42.96 meters), while Justin Higginbotham won the triple jump, leaping a meet-best 13.20 meters.
The Flames finished second (Anthony Hollingsworth), third (Kubik) and fourth (Roy Mwale) in the 200-meter dash. Hollingsworth also finished second in the 200-meter dash (22.98 seconds), while Brian Denk took second in the 5,000 meter run, crossing the finishing line in 14:42.56. Overall, UIC posted 15 top-five finishes on the men's side.