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Chris Miedema broke a school record Saturday in winnng the 800-meter run at the Spire Midwest Open.

Chris Miedema broke a school record Saturday in winnng the 800-meter run at the Spire Midwest Open.

Jan. 26, 2013

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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.

Both Jazmyne Durrah (15.74m) and Sarah Moss (15.52) recorded BIG EAST marks in the weight throw. The pair has already qualified for the conference meet in that event.

Nora Smith missed a BIG EAST qualifying time by .31 of a second in the 800m while Sarah Gorden was .03 shy of qualifying in the 60-meter hurdles. Alexandra Muller finished second in the 600m.

The quartet of Lindsey Holden, Rebecca Adamcheck, Ewing and Loreal Curtis won the 4x400m relay in a time of 3:49.08.

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.

In the weight throw, Adam Kovacs recorded a BIG EAST mark of 16.50 meters. Joe Turner (200m) and Ian Sanchez (800m) were near-misses in qualifying for the BIG EAST meet.

"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.