Nedow Named BIG EAST Most Outstanding Field Performer
May 6, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. - Another day at the BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships saw another Blue Demon student-athlete crowned champion. Senior Tim Nedow, a day after placing second in the shot put, set a new career-best mark of 58.60 meters in the discus to take first and earn the title of Men’s Most Outstanding Field Performer.
The Most Outstanding Field Performer designation is Nedow’s second as he also picked up that title at the 2012 BIG EAST Indoor Championships.
Nedow's opening throw of 45.20 meters would be his only mark of less than 50 meters in the event. His second distance was registered at a solid 55.91 meters but it was his third throw-the personal-record 58.60-meter hurl-that sealed it for Nedow. It turned out that the Blue Demon senior needed most of that third throw as USF senior Jared Thomas challenged him with a late 57.13-meter measurement in his final throw to take second.
In the women’s discus, senior Alanna Kovacs held her own, garnering a fourth-place throw of 48.69 meters—less than a tenth of a meter from the third place finisher—to earn points for the Blue Demon women. The DePaul women’s relay squads also earned points on the day. The 4x100-meter relay squad of Ayesha Ewing, Loreal Curtis, Ashley Holden, and Lindsey Holden finished eighth before the 4x400-meter relay team of Curtis, Ewing, Kelcie Daniels, and Lindsey Holden also placed eighth.
The Blue Demon men also earned points in the 4x400-meter relay as the group of Joseph Mason, Zach Gaskell, Max Clink, and Tonderai Tomu placed eighth. Four DePaul sophomores—Eddie McDaniel, Lucas Junk, Ian Sanchez, and Chris Miedema—also competed in the 4x800-meter relay and ran a noteworthy race to earn fifth. Their time of 7:32.34 stands as a new DePaul record in the event.
Overall, the Blue Demons finished with three student-athletes atop their respective podiums. Aside from Nedow’s win in the discus on Sunday, Melissa Fraser earned first place in the javelin throw on Saturday and Matt Babicz followed suit in the shot put to earn the title of BIG EAST champion for the first time in his career.
At the conclusion of the championships, the Blue Demon women finished in 13th while the men finished in ninth. Some DePaul student-athletes will take part in the Cardinal Twilight Invitational next weekend before taking on the NCAA West Preliminaries the following weekend.