Zaluckyj, Schuh Earn All-Academic Honors

Head track & field coach Jim Knoedel.
Head track & field coach Jim Knoedel.

Aug. 1, 2012

CHICAGO - UIC men's and women's track & field senior standouts Matt Zaluckyj and Kellie Schuh were both awarded All-Academic honors by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Both Zaluckyj and Schuh represented UIC in the NCAA West Regional meet last May.

"Matt and Kellie have put a tremendous amount of work into being great students and great athletes," said head coach Jim Knoedel. "I am very pleased to see them rewarded with this wonderful recognition from the US Track & Cross Country Coaches Association."

Zaluckyj finished second in the 800-meter at the Horizon League Outdoor Championship to advance to the postseason -- his time of 1:49.51 represented the second-best mark in the Horizon League in the event last season. Schuh, meanwhile, captured the individual championship in the pole vault at the Horizon League Outdoors, leaping 3.97 meters, a new conference record.

Zaluckyj, who will have one season of cross country eligibility remaining beginning this fall, was named the Horizon League Male Runner of the Week on April 17. He finished the outdoor season with a combined four top-five finishes, including the aforementioned second-place tally at the Horizon League Outdoors, along with a second-place finish in the same event at the Benedictine Eagle Invitational.

Schuh finished her career as one of the top jumpers in school history - she was tabbed the Horizon League Field Athlete of the Week on April 30, in advance of the Horizon League Outdoor Championship. In Wauwatosa, Wis., Schuh helped the Flames to a third-place sitting after the second day of competition, with her all-time League-best jump of 3.97 meters in the pole vault. The next best jump in the pole vault by a Horizon League leaper last season was 3.60 meters.

The UIC cross country team will kick off its 2012 season on Sept. 1, with the Flames' annual home opener at the Horse Trail Lake in Palos Heights.