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Alanna Kovacs finished first in the javelin, discus, and shot put throws this weekend.

Alanna Kovacs finished first in the javelin, discus, and shot put throws this weekend.

April 21, 2012

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CHICAGO – While hosting its only home invitational of the 2012 season, the DePaul track and field team put on a show for the home crowd at Lane Stadium on Saturday. Matching up against each of UIC, Northwestern, Chicago State, and the University of Chicago, the Blue Demon men’s and women’s squads came out on top.

To start, the Blue Demons nearly made a clean sweep of the throws events on both the men’s and women’s sides. After taking the women’s javelin throw in harsh conditions on Friday evening, senior Alanna Kovacs added wins in the discus and shot put events as well. In the shot, Kovacs’ best distance was her last as she registered a 13.48-meter throw. In the discus, Kovacs bested the competition by over 10 meters when she threw for a distance of 49.32 meters, a tenth of a meter short of her personal best mark. Also in the throws, fellow senior Melissa Fraser, who finished second in the javelin, took home the top spot in the hammer throw competition as well. 

On the men’s side, senior Tim Nedow and sophomore Matt Babicz provided a one-two punch for DePaul. In the shot put, Nedow’s fifth throw of 19.52 meters gave him a new personal-best mark during outdoor season and also gave him first place. Behind him in the event was Babicz who also set a new career-best mark in outdoor (17.92 meters). The shot put’s third-place finisher was freshman Anthony Babicz who notched a 14.08-meter distance.

In the discus throw, Nedow also set new career-best mark with a first-place distance of 57.52 meters. Once again, the second place finisher was Blue Demon Matt Babicz who finished with a throw of 48.56 meters.

To open the day on the track, freshman Jacqueline Kasal raced in her first ever 3,000-meter steeplechase and dominated the competition. Kasal’s time of 11:11.17 bested her competitors by over 37 secons. Her victory was just the first of many first-place finishes for the Blue Demons on the day.

The men’s 1,500-meter saw more success for DePaul as Eddie McDaniel ran a personal-best time in the race to seal first. The sophomore’s time of 3:52.92 just edged UIC’s Angelos Karkalis who finished with a time of 3:53.82. Behind Karkalis was DePaul’s Ian Sanchez who topped his career-best time by nearly four seconds. In the women’s 1,500-meter, senior Kelly Pickering placed second with a time of 4:55.33.

Following the 1,500-meter, DePaul freshman and two-sport athlete Sarah Gorden took on the women’s 100-meter hurdles and came away with a enjoyable result. Gorden edged UIC’s Aimee Schuh by just a hundredth of a second to take first in the event.

Once again, the women’s 400-meter dash was paced by DePaul. Junior Lindsey Holden’s time of 57.73 in the second heat gave her the top spot. Holden also placed first in the women’s 200-meter with a time of 25.80, just two-hundredths of a second before freshman Loreal Curtis. On the men’s side, Tonderai Tomu earned his first of two wins on the afternoon with a time of 49.23. Just behind him, Joseph Mason took second in the 400-meter with a time of 49.52. Like Holden, Tomu also took home the men’s 200-meter.

In the men’s 800-meter, the Blue Demons swept the leader board with Chris Miedema, Max Clink, and Lucas Junk finishing first, second, and third respectively.

Continuing on the path of successful senior performances, Kelcie Daniels placed first in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a 1:04.47 time. The women’s 5,000-meter saw a huge race for Hannah Pulliam who finished in 18:47.17—the first time in her career she’s broken the 19-minute plateau.

Other first place finishes for DePaul came from Jordon Vaughn and Alexandra Muller. The freshman Vaughn took home first in the men’s 100 meter while Muller topped the competition in the women’s 800-meter. The DePaul men and women both took first in the 4x400-meter relay events to close out the day.

The Blue Demons next compete at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, from Thursday through Saturday.