DePaul Turns In Strong Showing at Southern Illinois Meet
March 30, 2013
CARBONDALE, Ill. - These are the moments coaches live for---when they witness a collection of talented athletes evolving into a team.
Neither the chillier-than-normal temperature nor the torrential downpour on Saturday could dampen the feeling DePaul track and field coach Dave Dopek felt as he watched his Blue Demons performing at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic at Southern Illinois.
"The kids were out there cheering for each other and for DePaul in the pouring rain," Dopek said. "You could see us coming together as a team. You could see us competing hard as a team."
There was plenty to get excited about.
In just his second collegiate track meet, Durrell McDonald won the high jump with a BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships qualifying mark of 1.98 meters.
Tayler Whittler won the 200-meter dash in a BIG EAST qualifying time of 24.52 and finished second in the 100-meter dash with a career-best 11.99.
Adam Kovacs was second in the javelin throw with a BIG EAST mark of 61.68 meters and recorded a qualifying effort in the hammer throw.
"Adam really stepped up in tough conditions and set a school record in the javelin," Dopek said. "That was his best series ever in the javelin. His performance led the way.
"There were a number of people finishing in the top five of their events with BIG EAST qualifying times."
The DePaul women came in sixth out of 14 teams and the men were sixth out of 12 teams.
"Our spring break trip group scored really well," Dopek said. "It was a nice way to end up a successful trip."
The Blue Demons return to competition beginning Friday at the two-day Chicagoland Championships in southwest suburban Romeoville.