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UChicago Women’s Track & Field Places Second, Men Fourth at UW-Whitewater Invites

Isabel Garon and Andrew Kates
Isabel Garon and Andrew Kates

WHITEWATER, Wis. – The University of Chicago women's track and field team took second while the men placed fourth at a pair of invitationals hosted by University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the men took part in the "Squig" Converse Invitational. The Maroons took fourth place out of 10 teams in attendance.

UChicago swept the top four spots in the 5,000 meters. Senior Andrew Kates earned the race win in a time of 15:16.69. The Maroons placed five in the top seven of the one mile, led by sophomore Valentin Figueira in second place at 4:25.15. The Maroons also grabbed five of the top nine in the 3,000 meters – junior Ryan Cutter was runner-up in 8:31.96. In the shot put, senior Alexander Scott was second with a toss of 16.16 meters.

Saturday saw the women compete in the Warhawk Classic, where they took second of 10 teams. All told, UChicago won eight events on the day.

The Maroons snagged the top three spots in the 3,000 meters, led by senior Claire Brockway's winning time of 10:04.50. UChicago excelled at a variety of distances with victories from sophomore Meg Fitzpatrick in the 400 meters (58.38), sophomore Kaitlyn Van Baalen in the one mile (5:10.23) and sophomore Sofia Natividad in the 5,000 meters (18:44.43). The Maroons also took first in the distance medley relay in 12:55.38.

Three victories came in field events. Senior Isabel Garon broke her own school record in the pole vault at 3.74 meters. Senior Laura Darcey set a new personal best in the high jump at 1.71 meters. Sophomore Isabel Maletich posted a triple jump of 11.55 meters.

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
3,000 meters – Claire Brockway (1st, 10:04.50); Maggie Boudreau (2nd, 10:04.63); Abigail Shoemaker (3rd, 10:18.16)
One Mile – Kaitlyn Van Baalen (1st, 5:10.23); Caitlin Jorgensen (3rd, 5:14.46)
5,000 meters – Sofia Natividad (1st, 18:44.43); Lucy Jeffs (3rd, 19:00.21)
High Jump – Laura Darcey (1st, 1.71 meters); Ella Parker (3rd, 1.53 meters)
Pole Vault – Isabel Garon (1st, 3.74 meters)
Triple Jump – Isabel Maletich (1st, 11.55 meters)
400 meters – Meg Fitzpatrick (1st, 58.38)
Distance medley relay – 1st, 12:55.38 (Sarika Temme-Bapat, Jade Dombroski, Sophia Smith, Maya Ordonez)
4x400-meter relay – 2nd, 4:01.93 (Meg Fitzpatrick, Isabel Layne, Laura Darcey, Aleeza Hassan)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
5,000 meters – Andrew Kates (1st, 15:16.69); Charlie Nevins (2nd, 15:18.05); Jack Barbour (3rd, 15:21.21)
One Mile – Valentin Figueira (2nd, 4:25.15); Will Shine (3rd, 4:25.20)
3,000 meters – Ryan Cutter (2nd, 8:31.96); Chase Gardner (3rd, 8:37.86)
Shot Put – Alexander Scott (2nd, 16.16 meters)
4x200-meter relay – 3rd, 1:35.99 (Harry Moore, Gray Mackall, Caden Kalinowski, Spencer Hoffman)
4x400-meter relay – 3rd, 3:27.03 (Wilson Hansen, Tyson Miller, Elliott Paintsil, Harry Moore)


  • Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8 @ 3:00 PM / 11:00 AM – Windy City Invite at UChicago