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UChicago track and field dominates season opener as host of Phoenix Invite

Ade Ayoola and Joey Gary
Ade Ayoola and Joey Gary

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago track and field teams began its indoor season on a high note with two team victories as hosts of the Phoenix Invitational on Saturday.

In the six-team field, the Maroon women were first with 246.5 points while the men were first with 220 points. Aurora University was second on both sides with 147 and 161.5 points, respectively.

UChicago's women won 10 events on the day. Freshman Alisha Harris made a good first impression in her debut, sweeping the sprint events with wins in the 60 meters (7.99) and 200 meters (26.80). Three other freshmen also captured victories, including Robin Peter in the 60-meter hurdles, Isabel Garon in the pole vault and Mary Martin in the long jump. Junior Khia Kurtenbach dominated the one mile, beating out the runner-up by more than 14 seconds in a time of 5:04.89.

Additional wins for UChicago's women featured junior Cassidy McPherson in the 800 meters, junior Kelsey Dunn in the 3,000 meters, junior Ade Ayoola in the high jump, and the 4x400-meter relay team.

The Maroon men accounted for seven wins. Two victories in field events were provided by senior Joey Gary in the triple jump and junior Nathan Downey in the pole vault. Senior Temisan Osowa took the 60 meters in 7.06 and junior Patrick LeFevre cleared the 60-meter hurdles in 8.52. The longer distance races were also owned by UChicago, with wins by senior Nick Nielsen (one mile), junior Peter Kreuch (3,000 meters) and junior Michael Stubna (5,000 meters).

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
60 meters – Alisha Harris (1st, 7.99)
200 meters – Alisha Harris (1st, 26.80)
60-meter hurdles – Robin Peter (1st, 9.39)
800 meters – Cassidy McPherson (1st, 2:22.29)
One Mile – Khia Kurtenbach (1st, 5:04.89)
3,000 meters – Kelsey Dunn (1st, 10:42.72)
High Jump – Ade Ayoola (1st, 1.62 meters)
Pole Vault – Isabel Garon (1st, 3.37 meters)
Long Jump – Mary Martin (1st, 5.37 meters)
4x400-meter relay – 1st, 4:08.54 (Eleanor KangOlivia CattauJenna McKinneyEmma Koether)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
60 meters – Temisan Osowa (1st, 7.06)
60-meter hurdles – Patrick LeFevre (1st, 8.52)
One Mile – Nick Nielsen (1st, 4:27.29)
3,000 meters – Peter Kreuch (1st, 8:57.02)
5,000 meters – Michael Stubna (1st, 16:45.84)
Pole Vault – Nathan Downey (1st, 4.55 meters)
Triple Jump – Joey Gary (1st, 13.00 meters)


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