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Jordon Vaughn helped DePaul's 4x100-meter relay team finish first at the Chicagoland Championships.

Jordon Vaughn helped DePaul's 4x100-meter relay team finish first at the Chicagoland Championships.

April 6, 2013

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ROMEOVILLE - Propelled by six first-place finishers, the DePaul women's track team walked away on Saturday night as the winner of the Chicagoland Championships.

The Blue Demons also came away with the combined team score title as the men's and women's teams totaled 284 points. North Central, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation in NCAA Division III, came in second with 178 points.

DePaul's 4x100-meter and 4x800m women's relay teams, Jackie Kasal in the 1500m, Tayler Whittler in the 100m and 200m dashes and Erin McCoy in the 400m hurdles all crossed the finish line first.

The winners on the men's side included the 4x100m and 4x800 relays, Alex Fisher in the 110m hurdles, Mac Melto in the 400m and Brandon Threats in the 200m.

The men's team gave it a great run for the title but finished second to North Central.

In addition for the women, Sarah Gorden finished second in the 400m hurdles and third in the 100m hurdles, Loreal Curtis came in third in the 400m, Kayla Schwarz was third in the 200m and Ayesha Ewing placed third in the 100m.

The women's team also picked up valuable points from Lindsey Holden (fourth in 200m), Schwarz (fifth in 100m), McCoy (fifth in 100m hurdles), Curtis (fifth in 200m), Nora Smith (fifth in 800m), Rebecca Adamcheck (fifth in 400m hurdles), Lindsey Holden (sixth in 400m) and Ashley Holden (sixth in 400m hurdles).

On the men's side, Jordon Vaughn was second and Joe Turner third in the 100m, Threats the runner-up in the 400m, Chris Miedema was third, Max Clink fourth and Ian Sanchez fifth in the 800m, Melto was fifth in the 200m and Eddie McDaniel placed sixth in the 1500m.

"We had a very good meet," said DePaul track and field coach Dave Dopek. "We came to run the fastest we could under whatever circumstances came our way.

"Our women did very well in emerging as champion of the Chicagoland Championships and we were first in combined team score. Our men came close but couldn't quite match the depth of North Central.

"This is what we wanted---to compete and cheer for one another as a team and win the title. I'm pleased with where we are at right now as we begin to build towards the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships."

The next step takes place April 12 and 13 when the Blue Demons compete at the Lee Calhoun Classic at Western Illinois.