UChicago track and field collects seven event wins at Wheaton Invite

Megan Verner-Crist and Tyson Miller
Megan Verner-Crist and Tyson Miller

WHEATON, Ill. – The University of Chicago women's track and field team captured the Wheaton College Invite team title and the UChicago men finished runner-up on Saturday.

The Maroons women scored 166.5 points to hold off host Wheaton (154 points) in the nine-team invite. On the men's side, UChicago tallied 136 points to place second to North Central College (196 points) out of 10 participating squads.

UChicago's women posted six event wins on the day. Junior Khia Kurtenbach provided the biggest winning margin on the day at 31 seconds, finishing the 5,000 meters in 17:06.78. Senior Michelle Dobbs collected first place in the 800 meters by more than 2.5 seconds in 2:17.25. Junior Megan Verner-Crist was across the line in the 1,500 meters in 4:43.58.

The field events were also a success with a trio of victories. Sophomore Alexandra Thompson cleared 1.62 meters in the high jump, freshman Isabel Garon crossed 3.52 meters in the pole vault and freshman Alisha Harris recorded a top mark of 5.48 meters in the long jump.

Freshman Tyson Miller led the Maroon contingent on the men's half with a 400 meter winning time of 50.19. Senior Andrew Maneval was a runner-up twice in both the shot put (14.94 meters) and hammer throw (48.93 meters).

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
800 meters – Michelle Dobbs (1st, 2:17.25)
1,500 meters – Megan Verner-Crist (1st, 4:43.58)
5,000 meters – Khia Kurtenbach (1st, 17:06.78)
High Jump – Alexandra Thompson (1st, 1.62 meters)
Pole Vault – Isabel Garon (1st, 3.52 meters)
Long Jump – Alisha Harris (1st, 5.48 meters)
200 meters – Alisha Harris (2nd, 25.68)
400 meters – Eleanor Kang (2nd, 58.54)
400-meter hurdles – Olivia Cattau (2nd, 1:06.19)
10,000 meters – Maggie Boudreau (2nd, 38:52.52)
4x400-meter relay – 2nd, 4:00.61 (Olivia Cattau, Eleanor Kang, Michelle Dobbs, Laura Darcey)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
400 meters – Tyson Miller (1st, 50.19)
Shot Put – Andrew Maneval (2nd, 14.94 meters)
Hammer Throw – Andrew Maneval (2nd, 48.93 meters)
100 meters – Jatan Anand (2nd, 11.09)
5,000 meters – Andrew Kates (2nd, 15:26.77)
400-meter hurdles – Obinnaya Wamuo (2nd, 56.88)

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  • Friday-Saturday, April 14-15 – UChicago at Benedictine Relays