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Maroons track and field posts three wins at day two of Chicagolands

Alison Pildner and Nicholas Lyon
Alison Pildner and Nicholas Lyon

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The University of Chicago women's track and field team finished third and the men's team finished fourth at the second day of the Chicagoland Outdoor Championships on Saturday.

The women's team scored 95 points to take third out of 20 schools at the meet. Host Lewis University was the winner with 197.50 points. The men's team scored 60 points to tie for fourth place out of 20 teams, as North Central College won with 180.50 points.

UChicago's women picked up two wins on the day as well as nine finishes in the top five of an event. Freshman Michelle Dobbs continued her dominance in the 800 meters with a winning time of 2:17.72. That mark beat out the runner-up by 1.25 seconds. Dobbs was also a part of the 4x400-meter relay team that won in 4:00.87. Other members of the relay included sophomore Alison Pildner, freshman Eleanor Kang and junior Francesca Tomasi. Sophomore Brianna Hickey also picked up a second-place showing in the 1,500 meters (4:45.55).

On the men's side, the Maroons went one-two in the pole vault. Sophomore Michael Bennettkept his undefeated season intact with a winning height of 4.45 meters. He was joined by sophomore teammate Nicholas Lyon, who took second place with a height of 4.30 meters. Sophomore Ryan Manzuk was the next highest placer for UChicago, getting fourth in the 400-meter hurdles (58.14). Six male Maroons finished in the top five.

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
Pole Vault – Michael Bennett (1st, 4.45 meters); Nicholas Lyon (2nd, 4.30 meters)
400-meter hurdles – Ryan Manzuk (4th, 58.14)
200 meters – Jacob Romeo (5th, 22.66)
1,500 meters – Michael Frasco (5th, 4:03.91)
3,000-meter steeplechase – Griffin Brunk (5th, 10:09.24)

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
800 meters – Michelle Dobbs (1st, 2:17.72)
4x400-meter relay – 1st, 4:00.87 (Alison Pildner, Michelle Dobbs, Eleanor Kang, Francesca Tomasi)
1,500 meters – Brianna Hickey (2nd, 4:45.55)
400 meters – Eleanor Kang (3rd, 1:01.27)
3,000-meter steeplechase – Michaela Whitelaw (3rd, 12:30.08)
Pole Vault – Jadylin Tolda (3rd, 3.05 meters)
4x100-meter relay – 3rd, 49.32 (Francesca Tomasi, Alison Pildner, Mikaela Hammel, Charissa Newkirk)
400-meter hurdles – Jennie Porter (4th, 1:10.76)
Triple Jump – Olivia Clink (4th, 11.14 meters)


  • Thursday, Apr. 17 – UChicago at Wheaton College Twilight Meet, 1 PM