Whittler Shines For Blue Demons At Blue & Gold Invite
Dec. 6, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The DePaul men's and women's track and field teams opened up their 2013-14 slate on Friday at the Blue and Gold Invitational at the University of Notre Dame.
The event featured the Blue Demons, host Notre Dame, Marquette and Bethel (Ind.)
Sophomore Tayler Whittler led the DePaul charge, winning the 60-meter dash by .04 seconds with a time of 7.62, a new DePaul school record. She followed her win in the 60 with a triumph in the 200-meter dash, taking the race with a time of 24.63, just .16 seconds ahead of teammate Ayesha Ewing, who placed second with a time of 24.79. Ewing (57.60) also placed third in the 400-meter dash.
Making her debut in the women's 800, freshman Shianne Baggett took second place with a time of 2:18.38, just .09 seconds out of the first-place spot. In the 1,000, Alex Muller (3:00.28) placed third.
In the women's long jump, McShayla Kirksy (5.58m) led the Blue Demons with a third place finish, while Gabrielle Howard (11.30m) posted a strong third place finish in the triple jump. Jazmyne Durrah notched a strong showing in the season opener as well, placing fourth in the shot put and second in the women's weight throw.
On the men's side, Joe Turner (7.08 seconds) placed fourth in the 60-meter dash and followed up the performance with a sixth-place finish (22.49) in the 200. Mac Melto led DePaul in the 400, taking third out of 16 with a time of 47.87. In the one mile, Chris Miedema (4:22.08) placed second and Kareem Midani (6.34m) took fourth in the long jump.
Finally, Matt Babicz posted a distance of 18.65 meters to win the men's shot put competition.
"This was a really good start to our track & field season," said head coach Dave Dopek. "I was especially pleased with the male quarter-milers, female short sprinters, our freshman jumpers, and the return of Matt Babicz to the shot put. Both the men and women's teams brought high energy to this early season meet. Having performances of this quality in the first week of December certainly bodes well for the remainder of the indoor season. Now we can get back to work so that we will be ready to pick up where we left off when we return to competition in January."
DePaul will next be in action on Jan. 11, 2014 at the Illini Open, hosted by the University of Illinois.