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Kasal, Gorden, Durrah Excel at Lee Calhoun Invitational
Jackie Kasal won the women's 3000m steeplechase on Saturday with a BIG EAST Outdoor Championships qualifying time.


Jackie Kasal won the women's 3000m steeplechase on Saturday with a BIG EAST Outdoor Championships qualifying time.

April 13, 2013

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MACOMB, Ill. - Jackie Kasal, Sarah Gorden and Jazmyne Durrah led the way for DePaul Saturday on the final day of the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational at Western Illinois.

Sophomore standout Kasal won the women's steeplechase with a BIG EAST Outdoor Championships qualifying time of 11:02.73.

Gorden came in second in the 400m hurdles with a BIG EAST Championships qualifying time of 1:03.88 which was also a career best. Another gifted athlete in the talented sophomore class, Gorden added a runner-up finish in the 100m hurdles (14.90) and Erin McCoy was fourth in that event at 15.81.

Sophomore Jazmyne Durrah unleashed the best shot-put throw of her career at 12.91m that qualified her for the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships.

"It was good to see Sarah do what she did in her events and qualify in the 400 hurdles for the first time," said DePaul track and field coach Dave Dopek. "Jackie went in and took it out. Jazmyne had some good throws all weekend.

"Alex Amaya had a nice personal record in the half-mile, and we were all excited for him. That was only his second event of the season."

Ashley Holden was third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:05.23. Lindsey Holden came in third in both the 200m (25.49) and the 400m (56.74) while Loreal Curtis was right behind Lindsey Holden in the 200m at 25.61.

On the men's side, Eddie McDaniel finished third in the 1500m with a time of 3:59.35.

Despite a number of top Blue Demons resting up this weekend, the women's team still finished fourth at the meet while the men came in ninth.

"We didn't come here to score points," Dopek said. "We wanted to put in some solid work against level competition. They're working their way through a tough training cycle."

The Blue Demons head into what Dopek calls the championship portion of their schedule next week.

They will compete at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays Thursday-Saturday in Walnut, Calif. Saturday will be a split-squad day as part of the team will also compete in the NIU Huskie Open in DeKalb, Ill.