Blue Demons Win Men's, Women's Titles at Blue Demon Open
April 19, 2014
CHICAGO -- The DePaul men's and women's track and field teams took care of business on Saturday afternoon, winning both the men's and women's team championships at the 2014 DePaul Blue Demon Open at Lane Stadium.
On the women's side, the Blue Demons posted 245 points, besting second place Northern Illinois (202.50), Valparaiso (82), UIC (48.50 and Northwestern (21).
DePaul tallied 248 team points on the men's side, holding off Valparaiso (191) and UIC (111).
The event, which began Saturday morning at 10 a.m., also featured Senior Day ceremonies, which honored DePaul's nine graduating student athletes: Rebecca Adamcheck, Elizabeth Jefferson, Chris Miedema, Alexandra Muller, Hannah Pulliam, Tonderai Tomu, Joe Turner, Ryan Van Fossen and Alexandra Vekich.
Taylor Hynes led a 1-2-3 DePaul charge in the women's 5,000 on Saturday, winning the event in 18:07.06. She was immediately followed by Pulliam (18:28.42) and Jessica Sanborn (18:34.72). In the 400-meter hurdles, Adamcheck took the race in 1:04.36; she was followed by Ashley Holden (1:05.26).
In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Jackie Kasal won the event in 11:30.10 while Muller placed second in the 800, crossing the finish line in 2:14.13.
In the women's field events, MaShayla Kirksy won the long jump with a best jump of 5.68 meters; she also won the triple jump (11.26m). Gabrielle Howard (11.00m) took second in the triple jump. Sarah Moss picked up a win in the shot put (48.79m), while also posting a personal best in the hammer (52.67) to place second.
On the men's side, Turner won the 100-meter dash in 11.18 seconds and first-year Chaz Bottoms took the 200 in 22.41 seconds. In the 400-meter dash, the Blue Demons swept the first five spots of the race, with Mac Melto winning the event in 47.60 seconds and Brandon Threats taking second (48.43). Tonderai Tomu grabbed third (48.46), Xavier Jones placed fourth and Bottoms took fifth.
The 800-meter run also featured a Blue Demon victory; Chris Miedema won the heat in 1:52.88, about two seconds shy of his personal best. In the 5,000, Alex Campanella emerged victorious after he crossed the finish line in 15:34.58 and the Blue Demons won both relay events. In the 4x100-meter relay, Jones, Turner, Melto and Nick Meersman logged a time of 42.46 seconds to win while Jones, Bottoms, Miedema and Melto won the 4x400-meter relay in 3:17.21, a meet record.
Both the men's shot put and discus events featured Blue Demon sweeps. In the shot put, Matt Babicz registered a best throw of 18.58 meters to take the individual title, while Anthony Babicz posted a throw of 15.62 meters to take second and Trevor Kintyhtt (15.27m) to place third. In the discus, Kintyhtt won with a throw of 51.42 meters, Matt Babicz (48.00m) placed second and Sebestian Vermaas' throw of 44.00 meters landed him in third.
Finally, Adam Kovacs shattered the Blue Demon Open meet record in the javelin throw (59.62 meters) to win the event.
DePaul returns to action next week for the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. The three-day event begins April 24.