DePaul Concludes Day One of Outdoor Finals
June 6, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa – Opening day of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships marked the conclusion of two extremely successful throwing careers as seniors Melissa Fraser and Alanna Kovacs were edged out of the final round of the javelin.
Both Fraser and Kovacs competed in the first flight of the day with the top nine finishers from both the first and second flight moving onto the finals.
With an opening throw of 41.64 meters, Fraser looked poised to up her distances in her next two throws. Her second throw of 48.18 meters appeared to be enough to advance her to the finals but the second flight of the day produced mammoth results to overtake her. A late mark by Heather Berggman of Kansas at 48.63 meters pushed Fraser out of the top nine.
Kovacs found similar luck on the day. After she registered a solid first distance on the day at 47.31 meters, she could not produce a distance far enough to meet the cut. Both Blue Demon seniors concluded outstanding DePaul careers today. With records and BIG EAST Championships in their name, Fraser and Kovacs look to continue their throws success beyond DePaul.
The Outdoor Championships do not conclude as a whole for DePaul however, as sophomore Matt Babicz takes on the men’s shot put on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. CST.