Throwers Lead DePaul on Final Day of BIG EAST Championships
Feb. 19, 2012
NEW YORK – On the final day of the BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championships, DePaul senior Tim Nedow topped the podium in the shot put when his 20.51-meter throw trounced the competition. At the conclusion of Sunday’s events, Nedow was named the men’s Most Outstanding Field Performer for the meet.
Nedow, who entered the meet with the top throw in the nation at 20.35 meters (66 feet-9.25 inches), upped his personal-best throw by .16 meters on Sunday. It is the first time in his career that he surpassed 67 feet with a throw.
"That was probably the biggest performance that we’ve seen in a very long time," head coach Dave Dopek said following the meet. "He did it on his last throw which was pretty awesome."
For his six straight time during indoor season, Nedow re-set his own DePaul shot put record. The distance also set a new BIG EAST Indoor Championship meet record.
"The crowd got behind him and got him hyped," Dopek continued. "I don’t know if he was surprised to get that distance but I think he didn’t let himself believe that he got the Most Oustanding Field Performer of the competition. He took down a meet record and it was a pretty big deal for him."
The men’s shot put resulted in a one-two finish for the Blue Demons as sophomore Matt Babicz wrapped up second place. Babicz’s best throw of the event was measured at 17.80 meters, a mark almost half a meter better than the third place finisher.
While Nedow provided the standout performance of the day, the other competing Blue Demons put forth solid showings and found success at the indoor championships.
Alanna Kovacs took home a fourth place finish in the women’s shot put with a career-best throw of 14.92 meters. That distance is also a new DePaul indoor record.
Freshman Loreal Curtis locked down eighth in the women’s 400-meter dash as she registered a time of 56.06 seconds. Curtis, Lindsey Holden, Kelcie Daniels, and Ayesha Ewing also made up the women’s 4x400-meter relay squad that placed tenth in the meet with a time of 3:48.41.
Matthew Graham ran in the 3,000-meter finals and finished with an eighth-place time of 8:12.54.In the men’s 4x800-meter relay, the DePaul team of Max Clink, Lucas Junk, Ian Sanchez, and Chris Miedema pulled out a sixth-place finish with a time of 7:38.24.
"The way we ended the meet was pretty nice too," Dopek said. "Our mens 4x800 and our women’s 4x400 each set new DePaul records. I don’t think we’ve every scored in the four by 800 before."
At the meet’s end, the DePaul men placed 11th with 26 points while the Blue Demon women placed 14th with nine points. Notre Dame won the men’s team title and Georgetown won the women’s team title.
"All in all, it was a good weekend for the athletes that we brought down and aside from Tim, Matt Babicz and Matt Graham who will try to compete at the last chance meet, it's time for us to turn around and get ready for outdoor. Our team is definitely built more for the outdoor season."
Those Blue Demons who will compete in the last chance meet have hopes of gaining NCAA qualifying numbers for the national indoor championships on March 9 and 10. From there, DePaul regroups as a team to begin the outdoor season.
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