Maroons track and field wins Ted Haydon Invite

Ryan Manzuk and Elise Wummer
Ryan Manzuk and Elise Wummer

CHICAGO, Ill. – In the first outdoor meet of the year, the University of Chicago track and field teams both won the Ted Haydon Invitational on Saturday.

The Maroons women's team finished first of nine teams with 248 points. UChicago totaled nine event wins on the day. Sophomore Nkemdilim Nwaokolo was a multiple winner in the hammer throw and the discus, topping the field in the latter by more than three meters. Senior Jennie Porter won the 400-meter hurdles and was also part of the winning 4x400-meter relay team. Additionally, UChicago took the top four places in the 400 meters, led by freshman Michelle Dobbs.

UChicago's men were also first out of 10 teams with 198 points scored. The home side picked up six event victories total. Senior Griffin Brunk won the 3,000-meter steeplechase as the Maroons swept the top four spots in the race.

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
3,000 meters – Daniel Povitsky (1st, 8:32.90)
5,000 meters – Gareth Jones (1st, 15:23.45)
400-meter hurdles – Ryan Manzuk (1st, 57.32)
3,000-meter steeplechase – Griffin Brunk (1st, 9:54.96)
4x100-meter relay – 1st, 43.47 (Won-Jae RhoJacob RomeoBen ClarkZachary Jenkins)
Pole Vault – Michael Bennett (1st, 4.75 meters)

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
400 meters – Michelle Dobbs (1st, 59.17)
800 meters – Elise Wummer (1st, 2:21.79)
3,000 meters – Brianna Hickey (1st, 10:18.48)
100-meter hurdles – Theo Kassebaum (1st, 16.59)
400-meter hurdles – Jennie Porter (1st, 1:07.92)
4x400-meter relay – 1st, 4:03.68 (Alison PildnerMikaela Hammel, Jennie Porter, Rebecca Askins-Gast)
Pole Vault – Jadylin Tolda (1st, 3.20 meters)
Discus – Nkemdilim Nwaokolo (1st, 40.09 meters)
Hammer Throw – Nkemdilim Nwaokolo (1st, 42.64 meters)


  • Friday, Apr. 11 – UChicago at Chicagoland Championships (at Romeoville, Ill.), Noon