DePaul's Kasal Sets New Career Best at Mt. SAC Relays
April 18, 2013
WALNUT, Calif. - Jackie Kasal went out and ran her best race of the outdoor season Thursday at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays.
With some of the top Division I track and field teams in the country converging on Mt. San Antonio College's Hilmer Lodge Stadium, the DePaul sophomore came in fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
Her time of 10:37.98 was a career best, easily surpassing the 10:47.20 clocking she had at last year's Cardinal Twilight meet in Louisville, Ky.
"Jackie had a great race and shaved nearly 10 seconds off her personal record," said DePaul assistant coach Andrew Craycraft. "It is 80 degrees out here and athletes are running under a blazing sun.
"Considering the winter we've had and the conditions we've been training in, there's no way Jackie could be used to this kind of heat. It's a credit to Jackie that she ran so well."
The only Blue Demon entry in the Mt. SAC Thursday schedule, Kasal got out quickly and stayed in the fourth or fifth position for much of the race.
After 2400 meters, Kasal had slipped back into sixth place.
"With about 600 meters to go, Jackie took off with a terrific finishing kick," Craycraft said. "She quickly passed by two runners and had a chance for second place before finishing in fourth.
"Her splits were very good, and she did a nice job clearing the barriers. Everything was working for her today."
Despite efforts by DePaul track and field coach Dave Dopek to improvise travel arrangments, the inclement weather and multitude of airline flight cancellations prevented Kasal's teammates from joining her at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Kasal will compete in the 800-meter run Friday at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif.