Maroon track and field squads capture team titles as hosts of Margaret Bradley Invite

Isabel Garon and Owen Melia
Isabel Garon and Owen Melia

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago track and field teams maintained their home dominance with a pair of team titles as hosts of the Margaret Bradley Invitational on Saturday.

The Maroons have not finished outside the top two in the team standings in their past 16 home meets. UChicago's women scored 262 points to easily beat out runner-up Carthage College (107) out of the seven teams in contention. The Maroon men were first of 10 teams with 177 points, topping second-place Aurora University (138.5).

On the women's side, UChicago captured eight event wins. Freshman Isabel Garon put together the day's top performance, as she broke her own school record in the pole vault with a height of 3.67 meters. Junior Cassidy McPherson was a double winner in the 800 meters (2:17.97) and as part of the 4x400-meter relay (4:13.61) alongside sophomore Jenna McKinney, junior Megan Verner-Crist and freshman Shelby Smith. Senior Madeleine Horvath was the victor in the one mile race (5:19.36) and freshman Robin Peter was across the line in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.09.

The women also racked up three more field event victories, with sophomore Alexandra Thompson in the high jump (1.59 meters), freshman Mary Martin in the long jump (5.34 meters) and sophomore Grace Penders in the triple jump (10.61 meters).

The Maroon men were winners in six events. Junior Nathan Downey tallied two victories in the 200 meters (22.72) and the pole vault (4.56 meters). Sophomore Owen Melia won the 800 meters (1:58.08) and also ran a leg on the 4x400-meter relay (3:35.20) with junior Jacob Amiri, senior Jeremy Ferguson and freshman Joe Previdi.

Sophomore Jacob Gosselin grabbed the 3,000 meters (9:01.11) and junior Patrick LeFevre captured the 60-meter hurdles (8.72).

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
Pole Vault – Isabel Garon (1st, 3.67 meters)
800 meters – Cassidy McPherson (1st, 2:17.97)
One Mile – Madeleine Horvath (1st, 5:19.36)
60-meter hurdles – Robin Peter (1st, 9.09)
High Jump – Alexandra Thompson (1st, 1.59 meters)
Long Jump – Mary Martin (1st, 5.34 meters)
Triple Jump – Grace Penders (1st, 10.61 meters)
4x400-meter relay – 1st, 4:13.61 (Jenna McKinneyCassidy McPhersonMegan Verner-CristShelby Smith)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
200 meters – Nathan Downey (1st, 22.72)
Pole Vault – Nathan Downey (1st, 4.56 meters)
800 meters – Owen Melia (1st, 1:58.08)
3,000 meters – Jacob Gosselin (1st, 9:01.11)
60-meter hurdles – Patrick LeFevre (1st, 8.72)
4x400-meter relay – 1st, 3:35.20 (Jacob Amiri, Jeremy Ferguson, Owen Melia, Joe Previdi)

NEXT MEET:

  • Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 25-26 – UChicago at UAA Champonships (Waltham, Mass.)