February 19, 2002

Track excels in Chicagoland Championships

The sport of track and field is by its nature an individual matter. And in that way it can be compared (as many individual and team sports alike are often compared) to the so-called "game of life." That is not to say that sports is all there is to life. And certainly not to say life is actually like a sport: the rules of life are never that clearly defined. Yet on the whole, the analogy can be made, and has been made, and will probably continue to be made.

But both track and life, it can be safely said, are lonely ventures. Yet on occasion, life throws a group of people together and says, "Work together for a change." And on occasion running does the same thing. These occasions are called "relay races."

This particular occasion was the men's distance medley relay race at the 2002 Chicagoland Championships in Romeoville, Illinois. Coach Hall threw together four of his top individual performs — second-year Patrick Sullivan, third-year Ryan Raimo, third-year Tim Tuff, and fourth-year Jerome Tharaud — in an effort to qualify for the national meet. And qualify they did with a second-place performance of 10:13.86 — well under the needed 10:20 — and the ninth fastest time in the country.

As an entire team, the Chicago men finished sixth out of 15 teams in a meet made up of only colleges in the greater Chicagoland area.

Other highlight individual performances were by second-year Adeoye Mabogunje who won the high jump with an effort of 2.05 meters, and second-year Tom Haxton who placed second in the mile in 4:22.92. Second-year Ray Yousefian placed sixth in the 55-meter high hurdles with a time of 7.92, Raimo also placed sixth in the 200-meter dash with 23.36, and fourth-year Sean Phelan was sixth in the weight throw with an effort of 13.76 meters.

In the women's meet held the day before, Chicago placed fifth out of 14 teams competing. The most impressive performance came from second-year Valerie Anderson who placed fourth in the weight throw with a national-qualifying effort of 14.23 meters, placing her 22nd in the country.

The women did most of their scoring in the distance events. Second-year Racheal Mariani placed third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:23, ahead of teammate third-year Clarisse Mesa who placed fifth with a time of 2:25.68. Second-year Hannah Benton placed fifth in the mile run with a time of 5:26.27, and third-year Catalina Hoyos placed fourth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:03.11

In the 5,000-meter run, first-year Erin Steiner ran well with a time of 18.31.10 to finish second and Amanda Parrish ran a time of 19.47.45 to finish fifth.

Second-year Diane Valos also placed second in the pole vault with a height of 2.74 meters.

The Maroons will have their final home meet of the season this Friday evening before heading east to Brandeis University for the UAA Championships. We wish all the best to the our proud track and field team.