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Maroon track and field wins Private College Invitational

Brianna Hickey and Nicholas Lyon
Brianna Hickey and Nicholas Lyon

KENOSHA, Wis. – The University of Chicago track and field teams won the men's and women's titles at the Private School Championships at Carthage College on Saturday.

In the 12-team field, the Maroons won on the men's side with 183 points and the women won with 210.5 points.

UChicago's women earned six wins on the day, including a pair of victories from senior Pam Yu. Her winning leap in the long jump was 5.13 meters and her mark of 10.62 meters won the triple jump. In the one mile, junior Brianna Hickey topped her competitors by 7.5 seconds with a time of 5:09.61.

Junior thrower Nkemdilim Nwaokolo bested the field in the weight throw with a toss of 16.38 meters. UChicago also prevailed in the Distance Medley Relay (13:03.89) and the 4x400-meter relay (4:06.04).

The Maroon men collected five wins on the afternoon, with much of their success coming in the middle and long distance races. UChicago swept through on four-straight distance events, starting with freshman Mitchell Dennis winning the 800 meters in 1:59.31. Sophomore Gareth Jones followed up by narrowly edging out the runner-up by 0.7 seconds in the one mile (4:31.22). Senior Renat Zalov dusted his 3,000-meter opponents by 14.19 seconds, winning in 9:14.44. Sophomore Eyal Hanfling finished the streak by taking the 5,000 meters by 18.39 seconds (16:02.25).

Junior Nicholas Lyon represented in the field events by winning the pole vault. Three different vaulters tied at 4.15 meters and Lyon earned the victory based on total number of attempts.

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
800 meters – Mitchell Dennis (1st, 1:59.31)
One Mile – Gareth Jones (1st, 4:31.22)
3,000 meters – Renat Zalov (1st, 9:14.44)
5,000 meters – Eyal Hanfling (1st, 16:02.25)
Pole Vault – Nicholas Lyon (1st, 4.15 meters)

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
Long Jump – Pam Yu (1st, 5.13 meters)
Triple Jump – Pam Yu (1st, 10.62 meters)
One Mile – Brianna Hickey (1st, 5:09.61)
Weight Throw – Nkemdilim Nwaokolo (1st, 16.38 meters)
Distance Medley Relay – 1st, 13:03.89 (Lily TingRebecca Askins-GastMaya Lewinsohn)
4x400-meter relay – 1st, 4:06.04 (Alison PildnerMegan Verner-CristMikaela HammelMichelle Dobbs)


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