Maroons kick off indoor track and field season as hosts of Phoenix Invitational

Michael Frasco and Alison Pildner
Michael Frasco and Alison Pildner

CHICAGO, Ill. – The University of Chicago kicked off its indoor track and field season with a pair of first-place team finishes as host of the Phoenix Invitational on Saturday.

On the women's side, UChicago topped the six-team field with 214 points and seven events wins. Aurora University was second with 149.33 points. The Maroons dominated several of the events, most notably the 800 meters where they took the top six spots. Freshman Michelle Dobbs led the way with a winning time of 2:20.73 that outpaced the runner-up by nearly nine seconds.

Senior Sarah Peluse also had a large margin of victory with a 3,000-meter time of 10:42.22 that was best by almost 17 seconds. UChicago also took the top three in the one mile, led by sophomore Brianna Hickey's time of 5:18.45.

On the men's side, the Maroons bested the six-team field with four individual victories and 194 points. Aurora University was second with 143.50 points. UChicago took the top four spots in the one mile, led by sophomore Michael Frasco at 4:25.45. The Maroons also finished in the top three in the pole vault. Sophomore Michael Bennett recorded the winning height of 4.90 meters.

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
One mile – Michael Frasco (1st, 4:25.45)
3,000 meters – Gareth Jones (1st, 8:53.38)
5,000 meters – Griffin Brunk (1st, 16:01.31)
Pole vault – Michael Bennett (1st, 4.90 meters)

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
55-meter hurdles – Rachel Jackson (1st, 9.16 seconds)
400 meters – Alison Pildner (1st, 1:01.37)
800 meters – Michelle Dobbs (1st, 2:20.73)
One mile – Brianna Hickey (1st, 5:18.45)
3,000 meters – Sarah Peluse (10:42.22)
4x400-meter relay – 1st, 4:05.05 (Rachel Hile-Broad, Eleanor Kang, Alison Pildner, Mikaela Hammel)
Pole vault – Jadylin Tolda (1st, 3.21 meters)

NEXT MEET:

  • Saturday, Jan. 18 – UChicago at Private School Championships (Kenosha, Wis.), 11 AM