Kovacs, Fraser Finish One-Two in Javelin
April 20, 2012
CHICAGO – On a cold evening in Chicago, DePaul throwers Alanna Kovacs and Melissa Fraser finished one-two in the women’s javelin throw, the only Friday event at the 2012 DePaul Invitational after the pole vault was canceled.
Competing against six others and a bitter wind, Kovacs’ first throw was her best. Her first attempt of 48.72 meters stood through six complete rounds as the top distance. After collecting back-to-back fouls, Kovacs added a 47.06-meter throw to her series. On her final attempt, she nearly matched her first throw but fell just short at 48.28 meters.
The win is Kovacs’ second straight at the DePaul Invitational. At the 2011 home meet, Kovacs registered a throw of 54.88 meters to set a new Blue Demon record.
This year, only fellow Blue Demon senior Melissa Fraser threatened Kovacs’ first place slot on Friday. Fraser opened with a throw of 42.24 meters and followed it up with a 44.70-meter throw. After three fouls, Fraser saved her best for last, notching a final throw of 46.20 meters to earn second.
Behind Fraser in third was UIC’s Jennifer Johnson who finished at 27.28 meters.
The full Blue Demon squad returns to Lane Stadium tomorrow for a complete Saturday of the DePaul Invitational beginning at 10 a.m. At that time, DePaul will also recognize its senior class of 13 student-athletes. For more information on the DePaul Invite, click here.