DePaul Concludes Final Day of FSU Relays
March 24, 2012
TALLAHASEE, Fla. – In just their second day of outdoor competition, the DePaul track and field teams looked as though they were in mid-season form. Led by a Matt Babicz win in the men’s shot put, the Blue Demons concluded the meet with nine top-10 finishes on Saturday.
After opening with two fouls, Babicz registered distances of 16.37 meters and 16.69 meters to take the shot put crown. The sophomore thrower entered the competition as the top seed and finished as the only competitor to surpass the 16-meter mark. Five spots behind his brother, freshman Anthony Babicz notched a personal record in the event with a throw of 14.09 meters. His previous-best was 13.51 meters.
Both Matt and Anthony also competed in the men’s discus event. Throws standout Tim Nedow led DePaul in that event with a third-place distance of 55.01 meters. Matt Babicz followed in sixth with a mark of 49.41 while Anthony Babicz placed 11th in his first collegiate discus event.
Continuing in the throws department, senior Alanna Kovacs—yesterday’s second place finisher in the javelin throw—led the DePaul women in the shot put with a throw of 13.44 meters, over a meter shy of her personal best distance.
On the track, sophomore Chris Miedema ran a solid race in the 800-meter. Coming in just behind unattached runner and race-winner Kenny Jesensky (1:48.00), Miedema finished in second with a time of 1:52.50—a time 6.5 seconds quicker than the third-place finisher.
Running in both the 100 and 200-meter races, freshman Ayesha Ewing set personal records in each. Her time of 12.13 in the 100-meter earned her 12th while she placed 11th in the 200-meter with a time of 24.85.
The day also saw a return to action for freshman Jordon Vaughn who ran an impressive time of 10.94 in the 100-meter.
At the conclusion of Saturday's events, DePaul head coach Dave Dopek spoke on the positive opening weekend of outdoor.
"This weekend's meet has been a great start to our season," Dopek said. "We are looking forward to getting home and preparing for next week."
With the outdoor season underway, the Blue Demons return to the track next Friday with the two-day Oliver Nikoloff Invitational hosted by BIG EAST Conference foe Cincinnati.