Blue Demons Sparkle at Spire Institute Midwest Open
Jan. 26, 2013
GENEVA, Ohio - A trio of first-time qualifiers for the BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships headlined DePaul's performance Saturday at the Spire Institute Midwest Open.
Chris Miedema won the men's 800m run in a BIG EAST qualifying time of 1:52.28, a personal best that broke the school indoor record set by Kai Murray. Going into the weekend, Miedema had already qualified for the BIG EAST meet in the 1000m.
Tayler Whittler finished fourth in the women's 60-meter dash with a BIG EAST qualifying time of 7.68 seconds---a personal best. The speedy freshman from Crete-Monee had previously qualified for the conference meet in the 200m.
Jackie Kasal won the mile run in a BIG EAST and personal best time of 4:58.59.
"All-in-all, it was a pretty good meet for us," said DePaul track and field coach Dave Dopek. "We did have several individuals improve their seasonal marks at this meet. It was important to get a meet in on the Spire Institute track since we will be back there in three weeks for our BIG EAST Conference Championships.
"The student-athletes handled the year's first multiple-day meet with good focus and great energy. With three weeks remaining before the conference meet, I believe that our team is preparing to have a great meet when we return to Geneva."
There were a number of other top-notch efforts highlighted the performances on the women's side. Whittler was sixth in the 200m with a BIG EAST time of 25.03 (personal record) while Ayesha Ewing was right behind her in seventh place with a BIG EAST time of 25.07.
On the men's side, Jordon Vaughn was third in the 60m with a BIG EAST qualifying time of 6.99.
Brandon Threats was third in the 200m with a BIG EAST time of 22.15. Fellow freshman Mac Melto was seventh in the 200m and finished in a BIG EAST time of 22.42. Tonderai Tomu was third in the 400m with a BIG EAST time of 49.04.
"Next week's meet at Notre Dame (Meyo Invitational) will give us an even better idea about what our team is capable of accomplishing," Dopek said.