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Maroon track and field makes outdoor season debut with Ted Haydon Invite

Mary Martin and Ralph Patejunas
Mary Martin and Ralph Patejunas

CHICAGO – The University of Chicago track and field teams started the outdoor season on a high note by hosting the annual Ted Haydon Invitational on Saturday.

The Maroon women dominated the 14-team field with 265.5 points, easily outpacing second-place Loyola University at 107 points. UChicago's men (180 points) took second to Benedictine University (216.8 points) out of the 14 competing teams.

On the women's side, UChicago finished first in 11 different events and produced three multiple winners. Freshman Mary Martin led the way with a trio of victories in the 100 meters (12.72), the long jump (5.47 meters) and as part of the 4x100-meter relay alongside senior Eleanor Kang, senior Charissa Newkirk and freshman Alisha Harris.

Junior Megan Verner-Crist topped the 800 meters in 2:18.27 and sophomore Alexandra Thompson cleared 1.59 meters in the high jump. The duo also ran as part 4x400-meter relay (Thompson, Verner-Crist, senior Michelle Dobbs, freshman Shelby Smith) that won by more than 14 seconds.

The Maroon men netted four victories on the day. Freshman Ralph Patejunas won the men's 5,000 meters by 24 seconds at 15:53.56. Senior Nick Nielsen took the 3,000 meters in 8:49.09. UChicago also captured a pair of field events with freshman Alexander Scott in the discus (45.37 meters) and senior Joey Gary in the javelin (47.89 meters).

UChicago Top Finishers (Women)
100 meters – Mary Martin (1st, 12.72)
Long Jump – Mary Martin (1st, 5.47 meters)
800 meters – Megan Verner-Crist (1st, 2:18.27)
High Jump – Alexandra Thompson (1st, 1.59 meters)
1,500 meters – Khia Kurtenbach (1st, 4:43.66)
3,000 meters – Kelsey Dunn (1st, 10:14.48)
100-meter hurdles – Robin Peter (1st, 15.09)
400-meter hurdles – Olivia Cattau (1st, 1:07.74)
Pole Vault – Angel Fluet (1st, 3.20 meters)
4x100-meter relay – 1st, 49.02 (Eleanor KangMary MartinCharissa NewkirkAlisha Harris)
4x400-meter relay – 1st, 4:06.79 (Alexandra ThompsonMegan Verner-CristMichelle DobbsShelby Smith)

UChicago Top Finishers (Men)
3,000 meters – Nick Nielsen (1st, 8:49.09)
5,000 meters – Ralph Patejunas (1st, 15:53.56)
Discus – Alexander Scott (1st, 45.37 meters)
Javelin – Joey Gary (1st, 47.89 meters)


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