DePaul Women Place Second At Chicagoland Championships
April 6, 2012
CHICAGO – In the comfort of their own city, the women of the DePaul track and field team finished in second place at Friday’s Chicagoland Championships hosted by the University of Chicago. Along with six event wins, the Blue Demon women also earned 12 additional top-five finishes.
“While the weather was very typical of Chicago in early April, the level of team competitiveness was definitely higher than normal,” head coach Dave Dopek said following the meet.
In the women’s hammer throw, senior Melissa Fraser placed first with a throw of 50.54 meters. She was the only competitor to crack the 50-meter mark.
Continuing in the throws, fellow senior Alanna Kovacs set a Haydon Track record with a first-place throw of 44.05 in the javelin. Just behind Kovacs was Fraser, whose 43.02-meter distance gave her second place and also bettered the Haydon Track record.
The javelin win wasn’t Kovacs’ only victory of the day as she also took first in the discus. Her throw of 44.94 meters was over two meters further than the next best distance. Also in the top five for DePaul was freshman Amanda Piche whose 40.13-meter throw earned her fourth place. Kovacs’ final event of the day was the shot put in which she placed third with a 13.03-meter distance.
Freshman Jacqueline Kasal took home the top spot in the 1,500-meter run. Her time of 4:39.31 just edged Northwestern’s Libby Kocha who ran a 4:41.24. DePaul also took a win in the women’s 400-meter hurdles when senior Kelcie Daniels outran her opponents. Daniels’ 1:04.89 time gave her first while fellow Blue Demons Rebecca Adamcheck (1:06.66) and Ashley Holden (1:07.40) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Blue Demons’ ‘A’ team in the 4x400-meter also took home first place. The group of Loreal Curtis, Elizabeth Jefferson, Kelcie Daniels, and Ayesha Ewing finished the relay with a time of 3:57.43, which set a new Haydon Track record at the University of Chicago.
Among the other top performers was Ewing, who took fourth in the 100-meter dash with a career-best time of 12.21. Lindsey Holden finished in sixth in the 200-meter with a season-best time of 25.29. Holden also snagged a second-place finish in the 400-meter with a time of 57.85. Curtis followed Holden in fifth in the 400-meter with a time of 59.06. In the 800-meter, Kasal added a fourth-place finish to her afternoon while Alexandra Muller placed fifth. Friday also saw freshman two-sport student-athlete Sarah Gorden register a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.32.
“Going in to the Chicagoland Championship, there was a great deal of talk about the team finding/establishing an identity,” Dopek continued. “It was fun to watch the various event areas step up and do just that at a local meet. The team's second place finish, with a total of 136 points, was a total team effort.”
While tomorrow begins the men’s competition at the Chicagoland Championships, seniors Matthew Graham and Brian Begalke each competed in the 10,000-meter run to conclude Friday’s events. The race saw Graham pick up the win with a 30:05.26 time while Begalke finished 10th with a time of 32:54.35.
The Blue Demon men kick off the action tomorrow at the University of Chicago at 11 a.m. with the men’s hammer throw and shot put events.