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13 First and Second Place Finishes at Purdue Invite

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. The DePaul men’s and women’s track and field squads walked away from the Purdue Invitational with 13 first and second place finishes.  Virginia MacFabe, Mary Cate Quiett, Stephanie Williams, and Joe Strawder eached reached the top of the podium in their events.

MacFabe picked up her first win of the season in the weight throw after hitting of distance of 15.04m.  Melissa Fraser earned her highest finish of the season, with a weight throw mark of 14.64m for second place. 

In the women’s shot put, Alanna Kovacs hit a distance of 12.68 to earn second place, while Ebonie Cobb finished just behind her with a throw of 11.77m.

Quiett earned her first win of the season in the mile run.  Her time of 5:07.31 also met the BIG EAST Conference qualifying standard of 5:08.44.  Quiett now joins Williams as the only other Blue Demon to have earned first place in more than one event this season.  (Quiett won the 1000m at the Blue and Gold Meet)

Williams, who leads the squad with three first-place finishes thus far this season, beat out 15 other competitors in the 60m to cross the finish line at the 7.78 mark.  Ivy Moffet finished in 6th place with a time of 8.25.

Williams also competed in the 200m, placing second with a time of 26.21.

Strawder won the long jump for the second consecutive time this season.  His distance of 7.05m earned him a BIG EAST Qualifying mark.

Brad Millar was the only other athlete to garnish a BIG EAST nod for the Blue Demons, after placing second in the weight throw with a distance of 17.19m.  The conference standard is currently set at 14.97m

Matthew Graham ran his first race of the 2008-09 indoor season.  His mile time of 4:23.39 was good enough for second place. 

Patrick Smith finished in second place in the 200m with a time of 23.36.

The 4x400m relay concluded the day’s events.  Racing for DePaul, the relay team of Smith, Erik Felt, Gilbert Lifton, and Gabe Vargas finished in second place with a time of 3:25.40.

No team scores were kept.

Next up for the Blue Demons, the team travels to Indiana for the Notre Dame Indoor Opener.