UChicago women place second, men take fourth at UAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Khia Kurtenbach, Ade Ayoola, Obinnaya Wamuo, Alexander Scott and Andrew Maneval
Khia Kurtenbach, Ade Ayoola, Obinnaya Wamuo, Alexander Scott and Andrew Maneval

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago track and field teams clinched four more event titles at the conclusion of the University Athletic Association (UAA) Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday.

Washington University-St. Louis won the women's team title with 213.5 points, while UChicago was second with 182.5 points.

With Ted Haydon Track serving as the host site, the Maroon women achieved nine All-UAA (top three) performances on the day. Junior Khia Kurtenbach turned in the squad's most dominating showing of the day. Kurtenbach added to her 5,000 meter title collection by winning the race by a margin of 17 seconds (17:22.04). The junior is the two-time defending champion in the indoor 5,000 meters. Junior Kelsey Dunn joined her on the podium in third place (17:43.21).

After finishing second in the indoor high jump at UAAs in February, junior Ade Ayoola collected her first career conference title in the outdoor high jump. Ayoola's top height was 1.64 meters. Freshman Laura Darcey was third in the event at 1.59 meters.

Three other women placed third individually in their respective events. Junior Megan Verner-Crist ran the 1,500 meters in 4:40.81, freshman Robin Peter clocked 14.85 in the 100-meter hurdles and freshman Alisha Harris sprinted 12.31 in the 100 meters.

The women's 4x100-meter relay finished third in 47.52 with senior Eleanor Kang, freshman Mary Martin, senior Charissa Newkirk and Harris. The women were also third in the 4x400-meter relay (3:57.03), led by sophomore Emma Koether, junior Olivia Cattau, sophomore Alexandra Thompson and Kang.

Carnegie Mellon University captured the men's team championship with 186 points. The Maroons were fourth with 118 points, picking up two event titles and six All-UAA accolades.

UChicago snagged the top two spots in the men's discus. Senior Andrew Maneval earned his second UAA title of the weekend with the top throw of 46.99 meters. Freshman teammate Alexander Scott was the runner-up at 45.94 meters.

Junior Obinnaya Wamuo made a late-race charge to cross the line first in the 400-meter hurdles. His time of 53.94 led to his first career UAA individual title.

In the 100 meters, senior Jatan Anand finished second in 11.14. He was also a part of the third-place 4x100-meter relay (42.79) alongside junior Connor Turkatte, freshman Tyson Miller and senior Temisan Osowa. The 4x400-meter relay took third (3:20.27) with the quartet of Wamuo, sophomore Markus Diehl, sophomore Ben Chaimberg and Miller.

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
5,000 meters – Khia Kurtenbach (1st, 17:22.04); Kelsey Dunn (3rd, 17:43.21)
High Jump – Ade Ayoola (1st, 1.64 meters); Laura Darcey (3rd, 1.59 meters)
1,500 meters – Megan Verner-Crist (3rd, 4:40.81)
100-meter hurdles – Robin Peter (3rd, 14.85)
100 meters – Alisha Harris (3rd, 12.31)
4x100-meter relay – 3rd, 47.52 (Eleanor KangMary MartinCharissa NewkirkAlisha Harris)
4x400-meter relay – 3rd, 3:57.03 (Emma KoetherOlivia CattauAlexandra ThompsonEleanor Kang)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
Discus – Andrew Maneval (1st, 46.99 meters); Alexander Scott (2nd, 45.94 meters)
400-meter hurdles – Obinnaya Wamuo (1st, 53.94)
100 meters – Jatan Anand (2nd, 11.14)
4x100-meter relay – 3rd, 42.79 (Connor Turkatte, Tyson Miller, Jatan Anand, Temisan Osowa)
4x400-meter relay – 3rd, 3:20.27 (Obinnaya Wamuo, Markus Diehl, Ben Chaimberg, Tyson Miller)

NEXT MEET:

  • Saturday, April 29 @ 11:00 AM – UChicago at Valparaiso Crusader Open