June 9, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa – With the rain postponing the NCAA Outdoor Championship javelin by 90 plus minutes, DePaul junior Alanna Kovacs put together three great throws and finished in 18th place at Drake Stadium on Thursday.
After steady rainfall postponed the start of Thursday’s events, the skies cleared and competition got underway.
By the time the javelin throwers were warmed-up, it was a comfortable 70 degrees – a stark comparison to yesterday’s 90 degree temperatures and muggy conditions. Although the competitors were more comfortable today, the track and field both remained slick and made throwing much more difficult.
“Today was not just a day she did not have it,” head coach Dave Dopek said after the event finished. “Alanna looked good in her warm-up and had a small snafu but was able to regroup and got out there and threw.”
Kovacs first attempt put her 20th place, but the experienced thrower refocused and got off her best throw of the afternoon – a 45.87m toss which placed her in 18th heading into her final throw.
Kovacs, who finished 22nd in last year’s Outdoor Championship with a throw of 44.88m, was unable to stretch the tape in her final throw but earns honorable mention All-American honors for her 18th place finish today at Drake Stadium.
Dopek recalls Kovacs as entering today’s competition, “focused, relaxed and was ready to do something big.”
Kovacs has thrown over 45m in all but one meet this season which included two first place finishes and seven top five finishes. She finishes her junior season as the first Blue Demon women’s track and field athlete to qualify for two NCAA Championships.
Tim Nedow, who claimed second-team All-American honors in the discus on Wednesday, returns to action on Friday in the shot put. His second event of the NCAA Championship begins at 5:30 p.m., while the Blue Demon junior is in the second flight of the trials -- the top nine moves into the finals which will begin after both flights are complete.
Nedow rounds out four events the Blue Demons participated in during the 2011 Outdoor Championships.