Strong Showing for Blue Demons at Outdoor Track and Field Debut
March 23, 2013
VANDERBILT, Tenn. - DePaul opened up the outdoor track and field season with some outstanding performances on Saturday.
Competing in the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invite, nine Blue Demon student-athletes posted BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships qualifying marks. In addition, Herald Alvarez set a school record in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:37.28.
Adam Kovacs threw the javelin 58.85 meters---nearly five meters beyond the league's qualifying mark.
"The biggest deal today was Adam," said DePaul track and field coach Dave Dopek. "It was a good opener for him and he threw really well.
"Loreal Curtis' qualifying time in the 400m of 55.83 was a fantastic opener for her. She is picking up right where she left off in the indoor season, and you can see she is ready to go."
Alex Fisher finished the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 14.95 seconds, nearly a half-second under the qualifying standard.
Mac Melto continued the momentum he created during the indoor season with a time of 47.95 in the 400 meters. That was more than a second under the league qualifying standard. Teammate Brandon Threats also ran a qualifying time at 48.92
Jordon Vaughn also maintained his indoor-season momentum by finishing the 100-meter dash in 10.81.
Chris Miedema set school records in back-to-back weeks during the indoor season and came out strong in the outdoor season opener with a time of 1:52.34 in the 800m.
Tayler Whittler ran a BIG EAST qualifying time of 24.51 in the 200m on the women's side and Sarah Moss had a BIG EAST qualifying mark in the discus at 40.03 meters. Whittler's mark was a lifetime best indoor or outdoor.
"The weather wasn't as warm as we had hoped for," Dopek said. "Nonetheless, the kids got up and went. There were a lot of good performances today, and it was nice to see people earn their qualifying marks."
The Blue Demons will practice at Vanderbilt next week in preparation for the two-day SIU Spring Classic beginning Friday in Carbondale, Ill.