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DePaul Out of the Blocks Quickly at Chicagoland Championships
Jackie Kasal anchored DePaul's winning 4x800-meter relay team at the Chicagoland Championships.

Jackie Kasal anchored DePaul's winning 4x800-meter relay team at the Chicagoland Championships.

April 5, 2013

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ROMEOVILLE - DePaul's track and field team came to this southwest suburb fired up to win the Chicagoland Championships at Lewis University.

The Blue Demons got off to a fast start on Friday with a number of quality performances that set the tone for the main part of the track meet on Saturday.

"We didn't come here focusing just on times or marks," said DePaul coach Dave Dopek. "All of our rivals are here and that's what this weekend is all about. We want to win a Chicagoland Championships title."

The men's and women's 4x800-meter relays teams each claimed a relay title on Friday.

"The first three legs on both relays did a nice job of keeping us close," Dopek said about Nora Smith, Colleen Earl and Molly Shiroishi for the women and Max Clink, Ian Sanchez and Luke Junk for the men.

"Then the anchor legs---Jackie Kasal for the ladies and Chris Miedema for the men---did a great job of finishing strong."

Durrell McDonald elevated to a season-high mark of two meters in the high jump to tie Zach Heerspink of North Central. But based on the number of misses, McDonald wound up in second place.

"He is getting better every week," Dopek said. "You can see Durrell is starting to get his track and field jumping legs under him."

Jazmyne Durrah came in third in the women's shot put while Anthony Babicz was sixth in the men's shot put and Adam Kovacs sixth in the men's hammer throw.

The Blue Demons scored a bunch of team points in the women's hammer throw with Sarah Moss finishing third, Durrah fifth and Alex Vekich eighth.

"Our distance and mid-distance athletes scored a good number of points for us," Dopek said in highlighting Herald Alvarez's fourth place in the men's 5K and Hannah Pulliam career-best performance to come in eighth. Zak Koronkiewicz was sixth in the men's 5K and beat his previous career best by 20 seconds.

"We scored a good number of points today with 12 competitors on the men's team and 10 for the ladies. The bulk of our team will be out here on Saturday.

"We came here to mix it up with our local rivals and see who comes out on top. Our kids did well in 39-degree weather, and I'm looking forward to seeing how they perform tomorrow when its 64 degrees."