Today at the Ted Haydon Invitational hosted by University of Chicago history was made by the women of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Scarlet Hawks Annie Hutches (Aurora, Il.) competed in the javelin, while Erin Skvorc (Wasilla, Ak.) ran the 3,000m steeplechase. This marks the first official performances scored by individuals in track and field events as a women’s varsity sport.
In December 2010 the Illinois Institute of Technology informed the NAIA of their intent to declare both men’s and women’s outdoor track and field varsity sports. This action marked the return of men’s track and field after a forty plus year hiatus and the inaugural season for the women.
The women finished eleventh of the thirteen team field with only 10 competitors. Highlighting the afternoon performance were Stephanie Lucas’ second place finish in the 3,000m run, Claudia Garcia’s 4th place finish and Teresita Pineda’s 6th place finish in the 5,000m run, and Madeline Jensen’s 8th place finish in the 1500m run.
The Scarlet Hawk women will return to action April 8th at the Chicagoland Championships hosted by North Central College.