Track And Field Concludes Two-Day Stint At Indiana Relays
Feb. 1, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The DePaul track and field teams wrapped up their two-day stints at the Indiana Relays on Saturday afternoon in Bloomington, Ind.
The event marked the second-to-last competition before the BIG EAST Championships on Feb. 21-22 in Armory, N.Y.
Matt Babicz paced the Blue Demons in the men's shot put invitational, where he captured first place courtesy of a career-best throw of 19.43 meters. Babicz's throw was .07 meters longer than Curtis Jenson (Illinois State), who tossed a 19.36-meter throw. For Babicz, the win marked his fourth shot put competition victory in five meets this season.
Tayler Whittler qualified for the finals of the 60-meter dash with a run of 7.72 in the semifinals early in the day. She placed sixth in the finals with a run of 7.67 seconds, just .34 seconds off the first-place pace set by Remona Burchell (Alabama).
In the women's 200, Ayesha Ewing won her section with a time of 25.43, her second-best time of the season, and then followed with a time of 58.41 in the 400. Erin McCoy won her section of the 400 with a time of 58.12 as well.
In the women's 4x400-meter relay, Ewing, Whittler, McCoy and Julie Dambra placed third out of six teams in section two with a time of 3:47.91 while the men's 4x4 team of Tonderai Tomu, Brandon Threats, Xavier Jones and Mac Melto also took third (3:18.29).
Jones performed well in the 200-meter dash as well, placing first in his section with a time of 22.55 seconds. Melto also won his section of the 200 by posting a time of 22.44 seconds.
Finally, Chris Miedema logged a time of 4:14.91 in the one-mile run, a new personal record, to finish second out of 19 runners in the second section of the mile competition.
DePaul next competes at the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind., on Feb. 7-8.