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Maroon track and field makes final push at North Central Gregory Invitational

Brianna Hickey and Nicholas Nielsen
Brianna Hickey and Nicholas Nielsen

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – In their final push before the national meet, the University of Chicago track and field teams competed at the North Central College Gregory Invitational on Thursday and Friday.

The men's and women's teams combined for 13 top 10-finishes against teams from all over the region looking to improve their marks one last time. The women's highest finishes came from junior Brianna Hickey and freshman Ade Ayoola. Hickey was the top Division III finisher in the 1,500 meters, taking second overall in a time of 4:31.08. Ayoola tied for the second place in the high jump at 1.69 meters, which puts her into the top 15 in the country in that event.

Sophomore Michelle Dobbs went one race below her usual 800 meters and clocked a time of 57.09 in the 400 meters, placing fifth. Ayoola also took seventh in the shot put (10.88 meters) while senior teammate Reecie Dern placed sixth in the event with a throw of 11.71 meters. Senior Pam Yu was seventh in the long jump (5.35 meters) and junior Nkemdilim Nwaokolo was ninth in both the discus (38.72 meters) and the hammer throw (47.49 meters). The 4x400-meter relay (seniorJennifer Uehling, senior Nissa Mai, sophomore Lily Ting, freshman Cassidy McPherson) wrapped up the meet with a time of 4:06.58 to take eighth.

The 4x100-meter relay led the Maroon men by recording a time of 41.58. Sophomore Temisan Osowa, junior Jacob Romeo, junior Ben Clark and freshman Obinnaya Wamuo combined for the sixth-place showing. Sophomore Nicholas Nielsen led the individuals by taking seventh in the 1,500 meters in a time of 3:47.09. Sophomore Andrew Maneval was eighth in the javelin (48.17 meters) and freshman Obinnaya Wamuo was 10th in the 200 meters (22.36).

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
4x100-meter relay – 6th, 41.58 (Temisan Osowa, Jacob Romeo, Ben Clark, Obinnaya Wamuo)
1,500 meters – Nicholas Nielsen (7th, 3:47.08)
Javelin – Andrew Maneval (8th, 48.17 meters)
200 meters – Obinnaya Wamuo (10th, 22.36)

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
1,500 meters – Brianna Hickey (2nd, 4:31.08)
High Jump – Ade Ayoola (2nd, 1.69 meters)
400 meters – Michelle Dobbs (5th, 57.09)
Shot Put – Reecie Dern (6th, 11.71 meters); Ade Ayoola (7th, 10.88 meters)
Long Jump – Pam Yu (7th, 5.35 meters)
4x400-meter relay – 8th, 4:06.58 (Jennifer Uehling, Nissa Mai, Lily Ting, Cassidy McPherson)
Discus – Nkemdilim Nwaokolo (9th, 38.72 meters)
Hammer Throw – Nkemdilim Nwaokolo (9th, 47.49 meters)


  • Thursday-Saturday, May 21-23 – UChicago at NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships (Canton, N.Y.)