UChicago track and field gears up for NCAAs at Gregory Invite

Eleanor Kang and Will Ackerman
Eleanor Kang and Will Ackerman

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – In the last meet before the NCAA Championships, the University of Chicago track and field teams looked to improve their national marks at the two-day North Central College Gregory Final Qualifier on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Maroons received strong performances from their women's relays. The 4x400 put up the sixth-best time in the nation (3:48.02) with the quartet of sophomore Emma Koether, senior Eleanor Kang, freshman Alisha Harris and senior Michelle Dobbs. The 4x100 was similarly successful with a time of 47.13 that ranks 10th-best in NCAA Division III. The relay was composed of Kang, freshman Mary Martin, senior Charissa Newkirk and freshman Alisha Harris.

Freshman Laura Darcey submitted the eighth-best heptathlon score (4,579 points) in the nation to take second overall at the meet. Sophomore Alexandra Thompson was a winner in the women's high jump with a top height of 1.69 meters.

For the men, junior Will Ackerman put up a season-best 6,092 points in the decathlon to take fourth place. In the shot put, UChicago took second and fourth with senior Andrew Maneval (15.37 meters) and sophomore Jonathan Dobie (13.37 meters).

The men's 4x100-meter relay was also fourth (42.79) with junior Connor Turkatte, freshman Tyson Miller, senior Jatan Anand and senior Temisan Osowa.

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
High Jump – Alexandra Thompson (1st, 1.69 meters); Ade Ayoola (4th, 1.59 meters); Taylor Padak (7th, 1.49 meters)
4x100-meter relay – 1st, 47.13 (Eleanor Kang, Mary Martin, Charissa Newkirk, Alisha Harris)
4x400-meter relay – 1st, 3:48.02 (Emma Koether, Eleanor Kang, Alisha Harris, Michelle Dobbs)
Heptathlon – Laura Darcey (2nd, 4,579 points); Olivia Cattau (7th, 4,314 points)
Long Jump – Mary Martin (5th, 5.36 meters)
200 meters – Mary Martin (5th, 25.62)
800 meters – Michelle Dobbs (5th, 2:15.97)
Pole Vault – Isabel Garon and Angel Fluet (6th, 3.32 meters)
5,000 meters – Claire Brockway (10th, 18:52.27)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
Shot Put – Andrew Maneval (2nd, 15.37 meters); Jonathan Dobie (4th, 13.37 meters)
Decathlon – Will Ackerman (4th, 6,092 points)
4x100-meter relay – 4th, 42.79 (Connor Turkatte, Tyson Miller, Jatan Anand, Temisan Osowa)
Javelin – Cristen Bublitz (6th, 44.06 meters)
400-meter hurdles – Obinnaya Wamuo (6th, 54.99)
1,500 meters – Nick Nielsen (7th, 3:59.09)
800 meters – Jeremy Ferguson (7th, 1:54.92)
4x400-meter relay – 8th, 3:22.17 (Tyson Miller, Jatan Anand, Obinnaya Wamuo, Markus Diehl)

NEXT MEET:

  • Thursday-Saturday, May 25-27 – UChicago at NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships (at Geneva, Ohio)