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Ewing, Schwarz, Curtis, Kasal Sparkle at Drake Relays
Kayla Schwarz ran the second leg on DePaul's record-breaking sprint medley relay performance at the Drake Relays.


Kayla Schwarz ran the second leg on DePaul's record-breaking sprint medley relay performance at the Drake Relays.

April 27, 2013

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Ayesha Ewing, Kayla Schwarz, Loreal Curtis and Jackie Kasal put on a record-breaking performance Saturday at the time-honored Drake Relays that drew a sellout crowd of 14,504.

The four Blue Demons teamed up in the women's 1600 sprint medley relay to shatter the school record by nearly five seconds.

They finished in fifth place with a time of 3:52.81, erasing the standard of 3:57.37 set in 2010.

"It was a great performance," said DePaul track and field coach Dave Dopek. "We got a great start out of Ayesha. Then, Kayla came on strong at the end of her leg as she passed it off to Lo (Loreal Curtis).

"Lo had her fastest quarter-mile split ever and passed it on to Jackie, who just went with it. Jackie had her fastest half-mile split ever.

"Beating the school record by nearly five seconds was really impressive."

The other standout for DePaul at the Drake Relays on Saturday was point guard/high jumper Durrell "Nugget" McDonald.

Despite being banged up in basketball practice earlier in the week, McDonald soared to a career-best 2.08 meters and came in 10th.

"Nugget looked good today, and he wasn't rushed," Dopek said. "He kept his composure in a big meet going against some very good jumpers.

"He cleared his first height and then had some help from the crowd in clearing his second height. He had three solid attempts at 6-feet, 11-3/4 inches, which is close to his all-time best of 7-0.

"He is getting closer to the school record of 2.16 meters set by DePaul Hall of Famer Mark Gant in 1989."

DePaul's track team also competed at the Stan Lyons Invitational in Indianapolis and at the Wisconsin-Whitewater Meet on Saturday.

"We did well at the Stan Lyons, but none of the times qualified for the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships," Dopek said. "Ashley Holden ran a career-best 1:04.33 in the women's 400-meter hurdles and just missed the BIG EAST qualifying time of 1:04.14."

DePaul is primed and ready for the three-day BIG EAST Outdoor Championships that begin Friday in Piscataway, N.J.