Track & Field Readies for Horizon League Outdoor Championships
May 3, 2012
CHICAGO - The UIC men's and women's track & field teams will head to Wauwatosa, Wis., this weekend to take part in the 2012 Horizon League Outdoor Championships, at the Krauss-Miller-Lutz Outdoor Athletics Complex on the campus of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Competition gets underway Friday morning, and will run through Sunday afternoon.
Last season, the Flames' men's and women's teams both finished in sixth-place in the field, at Michael A. Carroll Track Stadium in Indianapolis. The men's 4x100 relay captured the individual title -the Flames' foursome included Josh Stanner and Anthony Hollingsworth, who will both be competing for UIC on the men's side this weekend. In all, the Flames recorded a combined (men's and women's) 27 top-five individual finishes throughout the weekend.
Entering the Championships, UIC's men's and women's teams boast a combined 18 top-five marks in the Horizon League this season. Justin Higginbotham leads the pack in the triple jump, having leaped a Horizon League-best 15.21 meters at the Benedictine Eagle Invitational (4/14/12). On the women's side, junior newcomer Ariel Kirby owns the League's best time in both the 400-meter (56.46 seconds) and 800-meter (2:09.16) runs, while senior Kellie Schuh has the top mark in the pole vault (3.97 meters).
Additionally, Stanner ranks second overall in the Horizon League in the 200-meter (21.76 seconds), while senior Matt Zaluckyj owns the League's second-best time in both the 400 (48.71 meters) and 800-meter (1:49.51).
At last spring's Championships, Schuh finished second in the pole vault, while classmate Constance Sciacero took second in the high jump. The men's 4x400 team, featuring Ryan Blackmon and Zaluckyj, also finished second in the field. UIC has captured the 4x100 relay championship at each of the past two Horizon League Outdoor Championship events.
UIC has collected four Horizon League Runner and/or Athlete of the Week honors during the outdoor season, including three individual accolades on the men's side. Freshman specialist Matt Marzahl has been named the Field Athlete of the Week on a pair of occasions, while Zaluckyj was recognized as the League's Runner of the Week on April 17. Kellie Schuh is the League's current Female Field Athlete of the Week, after winning both the pole vault (3.97 meters) and triple jump (11.34 meters) at last Saturday's Marquette Invitational.
The featured track at the Krauss-Miller-Lutz Outdoor Athletics Complex is nine lanes wide. The surface of the track is Mondo, the same surface which has been used at the recent Olympic Games as well as at the World Championships. The timing system interfaces with the video screen of the full-color scoreboard so as races finish, times are provided instantly.
Live scoring for the event can be found right here. Stay tuned to UICFlames.com for daily updates.