UChicago women's track and field finish second, men take fourth at day two of the UAA Outdoor Championships

Semi Ajibola and Pam Yu
Semi Ajibola and Pam Yu

CHICAGO, Ill. – The University of Chicago women's track and field team finished runner-up and the Maroons men's team took fourth place at day two of the 2014 University Athletic Association (UAA) Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Sunday.

In the women's competition, Washington University-St. Louis squeezed by UChicago with 211 points compared to 201.5 points. They were followed by Emory University (155), New York University (81), Case Western Reserve University (76.5), Carnegie Mellon University (58) and Brandeis University (30).

The Maroons won four more events on the day for a two-day total of seven titles. The hosts took the top two spots in both the triple jump and the discus. Junior Pam Yu won the triple jump with a leap of 11.07 meters and freshman Olivia Clink was right behind her at 10.88 meters. Sophomore Nkemdilim Nwaokolo defended her championship in the discus with a winning throw of 39.56 meters, which narrowly edged junior teammate Reecie Dern at 39.26 meters.

Freshman Michelle Dobbs kept up her dominance in the 800 meters with a win in 2:14.98, topping the runner-up by about 2.5 seconds. Dobbs has won every 800-meter race she has raced in this year with the exception of the NCAA Indoor National Championships.

Dobbs added to her hardware as the anchor leg on the winning 4x400-meter relay. The quartet of freshman Eleanor Kang, sophomore Alison Pildner, junior Francesca Tomasi and Dobbs won by 0.36 seconds in 3:53.94.

The 4x100-meter relay placed second in a time of 49.10, which included Tomasi, sophomore Mikaela Hammel, Pildner and freshman Charissa Newkirk. Kang also earned All-UAA honors with a third-place showing in the 400 meters (58.97).

On the men's side, Washington-St. Louis won with 215 points. The Bears were followed by Carnegie Mellon (166), Emory (141.5), UChicago (114.5), NYU (88.5), Case Western Reserve (63) and Brandeis (27.5).

The Maroons scored a boatload of team points when they took three of the top four spots in the 5,000 meters. Fresh off his 10,000-meter victory the previous night, senior Daniel Povitsky dug deep once again and beat the field in a time of 14:58.41. Freshman Gareth Jones took third in the race in 15:01.01.

Junior jumper Semi Ajibola lept over the competition in the high jump and won the title with a height of 1.94 meters.

Additionally, the 4x100-meter relay picked up All-UAA status. Freshman Temisan Osowa, sophomore Jacob Romeo, sophomore Ben Clark and sophomore Zachary Jenkins combined to take third in 42.40.

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
5,000 meters – Daniel Povitsky (1st, 14:58.41); Gareth Jones (3rd, 15:01.01)
High Jump – Semi Ajibola (1st, 1.94 meters)
4x100-meter relay – 3rd, 42.40 (Temisan Osowa, Jacob Romeo, Ben Clark, Zachary Jenkins)

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
Triple Jump – Pam Yu (1st, 11.07 meters); Olivia Clink (2nd, 10.88 meters)
Discus – Nkemdilim Nwaokolo (1st, 39.56 meters); Reecie Dern (2nd, 39.26)
800 meters – Michelle Dobbs (1st, 2:14.98)
4x400-meter relay – 1st, 3:53.94 (Eleanor Kang, Alison Pildner, Francesca Tomasi, Michelle Dobbs)
4x100-meter relay – 2nd, 49.10 (Francesca Tomasi, Mikaela Hammel, Alison Pildner, Charissa Newkirk)
400 meters – Eleanor Kang (3rd, 58.97)

NEXT MEET:

  • Thursday, May 8 – UChicago at North Central College Dr. Keeler Invite, 12:15 PM