Koronkiewicz Runs Away From the Field at Lee Calhoun Invitational
April 12, 2013
MACOMB, Ill. - Zak Koronkiewicz came through with a winning performance for DePaul Friday night at the 24th Annual Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational.
The Blue Demon senior bested the field of 12 in the men's 5,000-meter run and crossed the finish line in 15:13.76---nearly 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Chase Marlow of host school Western Illinois.
Coming on the last event of the night, it was a fitting culmination for a round of solid outings by DePaul.
Continuing his ascent in the sport, freshman Durrell McDonald soared to another career-best with his 2.05-meter effort in the high jump to finish third.
McDonald, who spent the indoor track season playing point guard for the Blue Demons' basketball team, has steadily improved in his first three weeks of NCAA track and field competition.
He opened his collegiate career with a 1.96m performance at the Vanderbilt Black and Gold. A week later, he jumped 1.98 meters in the Bill Cornell Spring Classic at Southern Illinois.
At last week's Chicagoland Championships at Lewis University, McDonald cleared 2.0 meters. His last three marks were all qualifiers for the BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Championships.
Another standout freshman, Sarah Moss, surpassed her personal record by nearly 5.5 meters with a 48.58m throw in the discus. That landed her third place at the Lee Calhoun.
In the men's discus, Blake Thompson finished fifth with a throw of 47.91 meters.
Both the track and field events at the Lee Calhoun begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday.