The CUC women’s indoor track and field team ran at North Central College in the Chicagoland Indoor Championships. Head Coach Phil Kopinski said after the meet, “The team did very very well and had good performances in a deep and extremely challenging environment. Spirits are high because the athletes have progressed well in their training and many set indoor personal records.”

A school record was set in the pole vault by Rachel Schaefer (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington South) of 2.95 meters breaking her old record of 2.75 meters that she set 13 months ago. The record was broken in just her second meet vaulting after returning from a broken arm as she showed her determination and strength of mind in returning from injury.

In the distance events, Kayla Konow (Fort Wayne, IN/Concordia Lutheran) was about seven seconds off the school indoor record in the 3,000-meter race with a 10:50. Alisha Johnson (Coal City, IL/H.S.) did well with times of 5:47 in the mile and 2:37 in the 800-meters, while Helena Mandryka (Chicago, IL/Lake View) improved in the 800.

After not entering in any jumps last weekend, the Cougars concentrated a number of athletes on that this weekend. The standout in the triple jump was Lizzy Dongas (Chicago, IL/Lane Tech)with a 10.26-meter jump. Many of the long jumpers and triple jumpers showed good technique, but had unlucky scratches on their best attempts. In both the sprints and throws, the athletes showed improvement all the way around.

The indoor track and field teams have a week to prepare for their next meet. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the University of Chicago’s Margaret Bradley Invitational.




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