Press Release

NIU Law 5K Run/Walk Continues to Improve its “Pace”

April 27, 2012

DeKalb, Ill.--Northern Illinois University College of Law held its third annual Race NIjUdicata 5K Run/Walk and BBQ on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Swen Parson Hall in DeKalb, IL. 141 runners and walkers made this the largest race in the event’s history. Runners and walkers were treated to a lovely, brisk spring day that included abundant sunshine for the first time in the race’s three-year history.

Participants included NIU Law students, alumni, faculty, and staff as well as friends of the law school from around the community. Congratulations to the overall male and female winners of the race: 18-year-old Nick Schuck of DeKalb with a time of 16:32 and third-year College of Law student Mallory Sanzeri with a time of 19:55. The top male and female law students were third-year students Omar Salguero with a time of 19:29 and Mallory Sanzeri.  The top male and female alumni finishers were Edward Underhill ('84) with a time of 19:19 and Hon. Marcy L. Buick ('90).  The top team finisher was Motion for a Speedy Finish, composed of race veterans Christina Chojnacki (’11), Alexander Geocaris (’11), Matthew Jakobsze (’11), Phillip Lee (’12), and Omar Salguero (’12), with an average time of 22:50. And for the third consecutive year, the Dean’s Team made a strong showing, keeping pace right along with the students hoping to defeat them. Joining Dean Jennifer Rosato, an avid runner and the inspiration for this event, were alumni Kenya Jenkins-Wright (’03) and Edward Underhill, along with NIU Law professors Mark Cordes and Robert Jones.  All race times can be found on the 5K results page.

This year’s event was once again made possible by contributions from the race’s sponsors and volunteers. Inboden’s of DeKalb provided a fabulous BBQ lunch for all in attendance, as well. In addition, Sgt. Jeanne Meyer and her team of officers from the NIU Police Department kept all participants safe by monitoring the course and controlling traffic throughout the race.

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For more information, contact:
Melody Mitchell
Alumni Events & Public Relations
(815) 753-9655 or mmitchell@niu.edu