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Track and Field Travels to Notre Dame



CHICAGO The DePaul men’s and women’s track and field teams continue their 2007-08 campaign this Friday at the Notre Dame Indoor Opener.  In addition to BIG EAST Conference rival Notre Dame, the Blue Demons join competition from Alabama, Butler, Hillsdale, Kentucky State, San Francisco State, Western Michigan and Windsor at the Loftus Sports Center in Notre Dame, Indiana.

The meet begins at 4:30 p.m. (CST) as Joe Strawder represents the Blue Demons in the men’s long jump.  Strawder enters the event after surpassing the BIG EAST qualifying standard of 6.55m at last week’s Purdue Invitational with a personal-best jump of 7.12m.  The women’s long jump follows immediately as Cynthia Edwards and Lauren Rajski compete for DePaul.

Virginia MacFabe and Melissa Fraser open the throwing events at 5 p.m. with the women’s weight throw before Brad Millar competes in the men’s weight throw.  MacFabe enters the meet with two marks better than the women’s qualifying standard of 15.25m, while Millar holds two throws better than the men’s standard of 14.97m.

Competition on the track gets underway at 5:30 p.m. when Shauna Lurey and Stephanie Williams join Rajski in the women’s 60m dash.  Williams broke through the BIG EAST qualifying standard of 7.85 last week with a final time of 7.71 and a preliminary time of 7.74.  Kwaku Attoh, Mo Drame and Thomas Kent race in the men’s 60m dash at 5:40 p.m.

Kyra Coffey and Jessica Rodriguez take on the women’s 400m dash at 7:25 p.m. before Richard Fugiel, Gabe Harris, Patrick Smith and Z Stein follow in the men’s 400m dash at 7:30 p.m.  Harris posted his personal-best 400m dash time on the Loftus Center track in 2006 when he clocked an NCAA qualifying race of 46.87.

The meet wraps up at 9:35 p.m. with the women’s and men’s 4x400m relays.  DePaul is also set to compete in the women’s and men’s 1,000m run, women’s and men’s 300m dash, women’s and men’s 200m dash, women’s and men’s 3,000m run, men’s 500m run, men’s pole vault, women’s triple jump, women’s shot put, women’s mile run and women’s 800m run.