Kirby, Schuh, Zaluckyj Extend Track Seasons This Weekend
May 10, 2012
CHICAGO - UIC track & field standouts Ariel Kirby, Kellie Schuh and Matt Zaluckyj will be among UIC's notable student-athletes competing in events this weekend in an attempt to qualify for the NCAA postseason consideration. Kirby and Zaluckyj will head to Grand Valley State, while Schuh will stay closer to home, competing in the "Last Chance Meet" in Naperville.
Kirby and Zaluckyj will both be running the 800-meter at GVSU (Mich.), while Schuh will be competing in the pole vault. Kirby set the Horizon League record in the 800 last weekend, while Zaluckyj finished second in the event - he still owns the League's second-best time in the 800-meter (1:49.51) this season. Schuh captured the individual championship in the pole vault at last weekend's Horizon League Outdoor Championships, leaping 3.97 meters, a new conference record.
"Matt and Ariel will have a great experience, and a tough field to run against at Grand Valley," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "Notre Dame's top mid-distance runners will be competing in the 800-meter, so we expect fast races for both our runners and hopefully even faster times."
Schuh, who also captured the pole vault title at the Horizon League Indoor Championships in February, has leaped 3.97 meters twice during the outdoor campaign, the top marks in the League entering the postseason.
"Kellie will be going after a 4.00 meter mark (13'1.5") in hopes of moving up the West Regional list," Knoedel said. "Currently she is ranked 38th, so if we can add six inches to her mark, she has a realistic shot of making all the way to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines (June 6-9)."
Stay tuned to UICFlames.com for individual updates this weekend.