Track And Field Posts Pair Of Top-Five Finishes At Mike Lints Open
Jan. 17, 2014
ALLENDALE, Mich. -- The DePaul track and field teams left Allendale, Mich., with a pair of top-five finishes on Friday evening at the Mike Lints Open.
The men took third out of 20 schools, while the women placed fourth out of 18.
For the day, DePaul won six individual events.
For the second time this season, sophomore Tayler Whittler re-wrote the record books in the 60-yard dash, placing second with a school-record time of 7.61 seconds, topping the previous record of 7.62, which she set earlier this season at the Blue and Gold Invitational at Notre Dame.
Junior Jackie Kasal was one of six Blue Demons to capture an event on Friday, winning the 800-meter run with a time of 2:10.73. Shianne Baggett followed Kasal in fourth (2:13.27). In the 1000, Alex Muller took the run by posting a time of 2:59.42. MaShayla Kirksy rounded out the women's individual wins with a distance of 5.67m in the long jump. For Kirksy, the mark set a new personal record.
On the men's side, Mac Melto and Tonderai Tomu placed 1-2 in the 400-meter dash for the second consecutive meet. Melto won the race with a time of 48.22 and Tomu finished just .01 seconds behind him at 48.23. Chris Miedema won the 800 by .04 seconds with a time of 1:53.37. Alex Amaya (1:58.26) took eighth in the same race. In the 5000, Alex Campanella (15:25.79) took second while Steve McEvilly (15:48.85) placed sixth.
Finally, Matt Babicz won the shot put competition, his third victory in as many tries this year, with a throw of 18.37 meters. It bested second-place finisher Michael Ponce (Bethel (Ind.)) by 2.15 meters.
The men totaled 83 points to finish third, while the women ended the day in fourth place with 90 points.
Host Grand Valley State won both the men's and the women's competitions.
DePaul next competes at the Wisconsin Badger Quad next Saturday (Jan. 25).
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