13 BIG EAST Conference Qualifications Highlight the Notre Dame Indoor Opener
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The DePaul men's and women's track and field squads walked away from the Notre Dame Indoor Opener with a season-best 13 BIG EAST Conference qualifying marks, in addition to 18 top-three finishes. Joe Strawder, Chris Kyles and Lindsey Holden highlighted the evening, all earning a spot at the league's indoor championship in multiple events.
Strawder nearly wrote his name in the history books, landing just an inch-and-a-half shy of the school triple jump record with a first-place distance of 14.89m. The senior has met the BIG EAST qualifying standard and has won every triple jump competition he has entered this season, in addition to setting new personal-records in back-to-back meets. He also claimed the win in the long jump, meeting the league standard with a mark of 6.95m.
Eddie Anderson gave the Blue Demons the one-two finish in the long jump, stretching the tape to 6.59m, while placing third in the triple jump behind a distance of 12.84m.
Idia Omogiate, after dominating the 60m in last weekend's meet, added her name to the BIG EAST qualifiers list with a personal-record time of 7.84. On her heals was Ivy Moffett, who finished third after clocking a 7.92.
In the men's race, Kyles remained consistent for DePaul, racing down the straightaway in a winning time of 7.00 to tally his fourth BIG EAST qualifying time of the season. Cameron Bretl finished in a time of 7.41 for fourth place.
Kyles added the 200m to his repertoire, producing his second win of the evening, as well as another league qualifying time. Gilbert Lifton placed fourth behind a time of 23.06, while Cameron Bretl finished in 10th place with a time of 23.69.
Holden cruised through the 400m in 57.40 for the win. It marks the second time she has won the race during her freshman campaign-both wins coming in the Loftus Sports Center. Finishing in seventh place was Brittney Thomas, who recorded a time of 1:01.63.
Holden went on to earn her first league championship qualification in the 200m after posting a time of 25.44m. Omogiate and Brittany Lewis also raced in the 200m and finished in times of 25.72 and 27.16, respectively.
Brad Millar, who tops the BIG EAST performance list with a weight throw of 19.72m, took home second place this evening with a distance of 18.05m. Tim Vala ended the evening with a mark of 14.65m.
Tim Nedow, a recent addition to the squad, commenced his Blue Demon career with a BIG EAST qualifying distance of 16.75m in the shot put. His first throw of the year ranks second amongst all BIG-EAST student-athletes. Matt Babicz improved his season-best throw to 15.91m, also granting him entrance into the BIG EAST Indoor Championship. Jim Theologes stretched the tape to 14.60m, while Vala recorded a throw of 13.00m. James Waller concluded the evening with a shot put of 12.52m
In the women's throws, Alanna Kovacs punched her ticket to the league meet for the third time this season with a fifth-place throw of 12.94m in the shot put. Ebonie Cobb logged her best throw of her senior campaign, hitting a distance of 12.00m to finish seventh.
In the weight throw, Kovacs and Katelyn MacFabe broadened their career-bests, recording distances of 15.01m and 14.42m, respectively. Virginia MacFabe logged a throw of 13.12m.
Greg Udzielak eclipsed the BIG EAST standard for the second time in the mile this season, boasting a performance of 4:17.03 to place fifth.
Mary Cate Quiett, who has already earned a spot at the conference championship in the mile and the 1,000m, added the 800m to her list after taking second with a time of 2:12.78. Toni Salvatore placed fourth behind a time of 2:19.66.
Matthew Graham took top honors in the 3,000m clocking 8:38.91, while Max Rodrigues finished in third with a time of 8:52.94. Brian Begalke rounded out the DePaul distance squad, crossing the finish line in 9:15.56.
In the women's 3,000m, Terah Cheatham was the first Blue Demon to cross the line, clocking a time of 10:12.32 to place fourth. Stephanie Hughes finished just behind her in fifth, while Claire O'Brien took 12th place.
Moffett tied her personal-record in the long jump, finished third after traveling a distance of 5.27m. Cynthia Edwards and Lewis recorded jumps of 4.74m and 4.16m, respectively. Edwards would go on to set a personal-record of her own in the triple jump, boasting a leap of 11.05m to claim second.
In the men's 400m, Lifton crossed the finish line at the 51.37 mark, while Ryan Bosman completed the race in 51.37.
The 500m race saw Kelcie Daniels place sixth in a time of 1:17.95, while in the 1,000m saw Kelly Pickering and Courtney Avvampato placed seventh and eighth, respectively.
Edin Pasalic completed the 800m in 1:57.64, while Tyler Schmitt clocked a time of 1:59.20.
In the final event of the evening, Quiett, Thomas, Daniels and Salvatore exchanged the baton in the 4x400m in a season-best time of 4:03.09 to take fifth place. The men's 4x400m relay squad, Bosman, Pasalic, Matthew Pietrus and Udzielak, also placed fifth behind a time of 3:29.54.
The Blue Demons return to action next week Saturday, Jan. 23, for the Badger Track Classic in Madison Wis.