DePaul Sets New Personal-Bests at Tom Botts
April 14, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. – On a day when several Blue Demons recorded personal record times and distances, the DePaul track and field team took to the Audrey J. Walton Stadium on Saturday for the Tom Botts Invitational hosted by the University of Missouri.
Early on in the day, senior Melissa Fraser upped her career-best javelin throw to 54.24 meters—good for first place at the meet. Just behind her, fellow senior Alanna Kovacs placed second with a throw of 51.05 meters. The Blue Demon duo managed the only throws of over 50 meters in the event. In fact, the third place finisher came in at 44.08 meters, just under seven meters less than Kovacs.
Also in the throws, DePaul head coach Dave Dopek noted, “Our young group of throwers saw a lot of personal improvements in the form of new PRs.”
That young group was led by sophomore Matt Babicz whose new personal-best outdoor throw of 17.57 meters gave him second place, just two-tenths of a meter behind the first-place finisher. In the men’s hammer throw, freshman Anthony Babicz registered a personal-record throw of 43.79 meters—over a meter over his previous best mark. In the women’s discus, freshman Amanda Piche set a new career-best mark with a 41.90-meter throw.
On the distance side of the competition, freshman Jacqueline Kasal continued to improve her 1,500-meter time as she has done in each competition during outdoor season. On Saturday, Kasal registered a career-best time of 4:33.71 to place fourth. In the men’s 1,500-meter, Matthew Graham (3:52.98) and Eddie McDaniel (3:56.40) each ran solid races.
In the sprints, junior Lindsey Holden and freshman Loreal Curtis each ran season-best times in the 400-meter. Holden’s time of 56.40 gave her fifth place while Curtis followed just behind with a sixth-place time of 56.56. In the men’s 400-meter, Joe Mason ran a career-best time of 49.17 while Tonderai Tomu placed second with a time of 48.21.
“All in all, the meet was a success,” Dopek continued. “Our mission wasn't to go and score as many team points as possible—it was to get into a competitive meet and step up.”
“We expected to find good competition and warm weather at this meet,” he said. “Despite a forecast of scattered severe thunderstorms, the weather wound up being perfect to run a track meet in. Any meet is a success when you get several new personal records and a good number of season bests.”
The Blue Demons return home to Chicago for the DePaul Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Lane Stadium. For more information on DePaul’s home meet, click here.