Track and Field Set to Travel to Wisconsin
Jan. 13, 2012
CHICAGO - The DePaul men's and women's track and field teams are set to open up the 2012 year with a trip to Madison, Wisc., for the Badger Track Classic on Saturday, Jan. 14. Along with the University of Wisconsin, the Blue Demons will compete against UW-Whitewater and BIG EAST Conference foe Marquette with competition scheduled for an 11 a.m. start.
Prior to Saturday's competition, a discus exhibition--an event uncommon in indoor track and field--is also scheduled to take place on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. Three DePaul women (Alanna Kovacs, Amanda Piche, and Jazmyne Durrah) are set to participate along with three DePaul men (Tim Nedow, Anthony Babicz, and Matt Babicz).
Blue and Gold Invitational Recap
On the men's side, senior captain Nedow notched a personal-best measure in the shot put as he threw for a first-place distance of19.51 meters on just his second attempt. The distance qualified Nedow for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Of his five throws, only one--his first--came in at under 18.7 meters. No other competitor reached even the 17-meter mark. DePaul senior Matt Babicz came closest, however, taking home second in the event with a BIG EAST Conference qualifying mark of 16.87 meters.
On the women's side, fellow senior captain Kovacs took home first place in not only the shot put event, but in the weight throw as well. Her 14.51 meter throw in the shot put was both a BIG EAST qualifier and a personal-best. In the weight throw, Kovacs edged out DePaul freshman Jazmyne Durrah for the top distance. Kovacs registered a 17.08 meter throw while Durrah, a Chicago native, notched a 17.07 meter distance. Both qualified for the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in March along with senior captain Melissa Fraser, who registered a 15.94 meter weight throw.
The first place showings by Nedow and Kovacs earned each of them BIG EAST Conference Field Athlete of the Week awards.
2011 Badger Track Classic