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Blue Demons Save the Best for Last
Tonderai Tomu helped the 4x400m relay team set a school record at the  BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Tonderai Tomu helped the 4x400m relay team set a school record at the BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Feb. 17, 2013

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GENEVA, Ohio – Stellar performances by the relay teams along with strong finishes in the women’s 1000-meter run and the men’s 400-meter dash highlighted the BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships for DePaul on Sunday.

“We had our ups and downs,” said Blue Demon track and field coach Dave Dopek about the conference meet finals at the Spire Institute. “But as we typically do, we saved the best for the last race.

“The men’s 4x400-meter relay of Tonderai Tomu, Chris Miedema, Brandon Threats and Mac Melto broke a 10-year-old school record, and their third-place finish got them on the awards podium. That was awesome.

“The women’s 4x400 relay (Lindsey Holden, Tayler Whittler, Ayesha Ewing, Loreal Curtis) shattered the school record by more than five seconds. That’s a huge jump, and it got us seventh place in a BIG EAST Conference which is incredibly quick.”

Jackie Kasal and Mac Melto headed up the individual races for the Blue Demons.

“Jackie had a great race in the 1000 meters and finished fifth,” Dopek said. “Mac ran a fantastic race in the 400 dash and came in under 48 seconds for the first time this season.

“It was a decent day for us. We started out slowly but finished strong. Over the weekend, we wound up setting three school records.”

Connecticut was the BIG EAST men’s champion while Notre Dame took first on the women’s side.

DePaul’s next meet is the Alex Wilson Invitational March 1 at Notre Dame.