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UChicago track and field picks up All-American status in two events at day one of NCAA Indoor Championships

Megan Verner-Crist, Mikaela Hammel, Michelle Dobbs, Brianna Hickey, Nkemdilim Nwaokolo
Megan Verner-Crist, Mikaela Hammel, Michelle Dobbs, Brianna Hickey, Nkemdilim Nwaokolo

Results

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The University of Chicago track and field teams earned All-American honors in two events at the first day of the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships on Friday.

UChicago's top finish of the day came courtesy of the women's distance medley relay. The relay in running order included of freshman Megan Verner-Crist, junior Mikaela Hammel, sophomore Michelle Dobbs and junior Brianna Hickey. The Maroons came into the meet as the No. 3 seed, and they equaled that by finishing in third place overall with a time of 11:48.92. That result earned the relay All-American status. University of St. Thomas (Minn.) won the event (11:45.26) and MIT placed second (11:47.43).

The Maroons also received All-American accolades in the women's weight throw. Junior Nkemdilim Nwaokolo entered as the No. 6 seed and ended up finishing in seventh place with a top heave of 17.46 meters. It marks her first career All-American honor. The event winner was Melanie Brickner of University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (19.55 meters).

In the men's pole vault, junior Michael Bennett entered the event as the defending national champion. He was seeded sixth in the field with a height of 4.95 meters. However, an injury during warm-ups prevented him from competing in the finals.

NEXT MEET:

  • Saturday, March 14 – UChicago at NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, 10 AM (ET)