DePaul Flourishes on Final Day of Invite
March 31, 2012
CINCINNATI, Ohio – The second and final day of the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational hosted by the University of Cincinnati saw 15 Blue Demons finish in top five of their respective events with three DePaul student-athletes coming out on top.
Despite the unexpected brisk weather, the Blue Demons made strides in this weekend’s invitational.
“There were a good number of personal records today,” track and field head coach Dave Dopek said. “Even better than that, I believe that there was a lot of learning taking place.”
Among the winners for DePaul was senior Matthew Graham. Graham, who finished in first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase last weekend at the FSU Relays, did so once again on Saturday. His first-place time of 9:00.93 was better than his competition by just under seven seconds.
Also claiming a top spot in his event was sophomore Chris Miedema who edged the competition in the men’s 800-meter by less than a second.
In the women’s 400-meter hurdles, senior Kelcie Daniels served as the lone female victor for the Blue Demons on Saturday. Her season-best time of 1:03.48 gave Daniels her first first-place finish of the year.
The Blue Demon women, who finished fourth in the 13-team invitational, had several standout performances on the day.
Also among the better performances of the day was junior Lindsey Holden who notched season-best time of 56.72 to earn second-place finish in the women’s 400-meter dash. Just behind Holden was freshman sprinter Loreal Curtis who finished just .05 seconds behind her senior counterpart in what was her best time of the season.
The relay events were also successful for the Blue Demon women as the 4x100-meter relay team of Ewing, Curtis, Gorden, and Lindsey Holden put up a time of 48.03 to earn fourth place. In the 4x400-meter relay, the group of Elizabeth Jefferson, Rebecca Adamcheck, Gorden, and Daniels placed fifth with a time of 4:00.08. In the women’s discus throw, senior Alanna Kovacs registered a season-best distance of 49.43 meters to earn second place.
For the DePaul men, who placed seventh as a team, Eddie McDaniel placed fourth in the men’s 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:55.55, a career-best mark. That time put McDaniel just off the BIG EAST Conference qualifying time. Sophomore Matt Babicz also had a successful day in the field as the thrower placed third in men’s shot put (16.72 meters) and third in discus (48.94 meters).
“We’ll keep putting in the work, practicing harder, getting better, and logging new PRs,” Dopek continued. “Both teams are just going to keep getting better from week to week. We are looking forward to competing close to home in two of the next three weekends.”
The Blue Demons will compete in the Chicagoland Championships next weekend before heading to the Tom Botts Invitational the following weekend. After the Tom Botts, DePaul returns to Chicago to host its DePaul Invitational at Lane Stadium.
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