UChicago track and field places second and fifth at Wheaton Twilight

Megan Verner-Crist and Peter Kreuch
Megan Verner-Crist and Peter Kreuch

WHEATON, Ill. – The University of Chicago women's track and field team racked up six event wins to place second overall and the men placed fifth at Wheaton College's Don Church Twilight meet on Saturday.

Illinois Wesleyan University edged out UChicago for the women's team title, 138 points to 132 points, in the nine-team field. North Central College topped the men's teams with 212 points and UChicago was fifth with 84 points.

Six victories led the Maroon women's effort with particular dominance in the middle and long distances. UChicago went one-two in the 800 meters with sophomores Megan Verner-Crist (2:17.70) and Cassidy McPherson (2:19.12). Junior Michelle Dobbs raced through the 400 meters in 56.93. Sophomore Claire Costelloe was dominating in the 3,000 meters, as her time of 10:40.67 won by more than 14 seconds. Sophomore Khia Kurtenbach was similarly out ahead of the other racers as she took the 5,000 meters (17:08.39) by nearly 12 seconds.

In the shorter races, UChicago also found success. Sophomore Aleksandra Majka took first in the 100-meter hurdles with a mark of 15.46. The 4x100-meter relay was also victorious in 3:49.59. The relay quartet included freshman Nicole VacaGuzman, senior Mikaela Hammel, freshman Emma Koether and Dobbs.

On the men's half, the Maroons were runners-up in three different events. The 3,000 meters featured a trio of UChicago runners near the top with finishes in the second, third and fourth spots. Sophomore Peter Kreuch led the contingent with a time of 8:49.39. Sophomore Cristen Bublitz was second in the javelin with a top throw of 50.72 meters. The 4x100-meter relay was also runner-up in 43.00 with sophomore Connor Turkatte, senior Jacob Romeo, senior Ryan Manzukand senior Zachary Jenkins.

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
3,000 meters – Peter Kreuch (2nd, 8:49.39); Timofey Karginov (3rd, 8:51.04); Eyal Hanfling (4th, 8:53.42)
Javelin – Cristen Bublitz (2nd, 50.72 meters); Joey Gary (4th, 49.55 meters)
4x100-meter relay – 2nd, 43.00 (Connor Turkatte, Jacob Romeo, Ryan Manzuk, Zachary Jenkins)
100 meters – Jacob Romeo (3rd, 11.02)
Shot Put – Andrew Maneval (3rd, 14.77 meters)
Triple Jump – Liam Ward (4th, 12.34 meters); Joey Gary (5th, 12.33 meters)
Pole Vault – Michael Bennett (4th, 4.75 meters)
400-meter hurdles – Ryan Manzuk (4th, 55.22)

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
800 meters – Megan Verner-Crist (1st, 2:17.70); Cassidy McPherson (2nd, 2:19.12)
100-meter hurdles – Aleksandra Majka (1st, 15.46); Theo Kassebaum (4th, 15.80)
4x400-meter relay – 1st, 3:49.59 (Nicole VacaGuzman, Mikaela Hammel, Emma Koether, Michelle Dobbs)
3,000 meters – Claire Costelloe (1st, 10:40.67)
5,000 meters – Khia Kurtenbach (1st, 17:08.39)
400 meters – Michelle Dobbs (1st, 56.93)
1,500 meters – Brianna Hickey (2nd, 4:36.48); Madeleine Horvath (3rd, 4:45.08)
High Jump – Ade Ayoola (3rd, 1.63 meters); Nelson Trotter (4th, 1.63 meters)
4x100-meter relay – 3rd, 48.87 (Eleanor Kang, Mikaela Hammel, Alison Pildner, Charissa Newkirk)
200 meters – Alison Pildner (4th, 25.60); Nicole VacaGuzman (5th, 25.62)
Hammer Throw – Nkemdilim Nwaokolo (5th, 45.99 meters)


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