DePaul Opens with Strong Indoor Debut
Dec. 7, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – In its first meet of the 2012-13 indoor track and field season, the DePaul Blue Demons were led by a young core that included a assembly of freshman along with some Blue and Gold Invitational veterans.
Among some of the more notable performances on the women’s side at the Notre Dame-hosted event was University Park native and freshman Tayler Whittler, who picked up BIG EAST Conference qualifying times in her collegiate debut when she ran a second-place time of 25.14 in the 200-meter dash. Whittler also notched a 7.83-second, fifth-place time in the 60-meter.
Sophomore thrower Jazmyne Durrah was the only Blue Demon to top an event on the day as she registered two BIG EAST qualifying distances on the day. In the shot put, Durrah notched a career-best 13.54-meter distance to place second. The 13.54 meters was over a whole meter greater than her previous-best mark.
In the weight throw, Durrah prevailed over the competition. Notching another career-best mark with a 17.86-meter toss, Durrah took first place, besting her previous top throw by 0.78 meters.
Other notable performances on the women’s side included solid times from Ayesha Ewing, who ran a 7.84-second 60-meter and a 25.31-second 200-meter, just off the BIG EAST required time.
For the DePaul men, Brandon Threats ran a solid 23.01-second time in the men’s 200-meter to earn fourth place. In the men’s 400-meter, Tonderai Tomu earned a BIG EAST worthy time of 48.73 to place third while freshman Mac Melto ran a 48.75 time to also meet the conference qualifications.
Also among DePaul’s BIG EAST qualifies was sophomore Adam Kovacs whose 15.35-meter distance in the weight throw was nearly two full meters than his previous-best indoor mark.
The Blue Demons are now without competition until after the new year. On January 12, DePaul heads to the University of Wisconsin to compete at the Badger Track Classic in Madison.