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DePaul Track and Field On the Road Again
Joe Mason qualified for the BIG EAST Indoor Championships last week in the 400 meter.

Joe Mason qualified for the BIG EAST Indoor Championships last week in the 400 meter.

Jan. 25, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Coming off  a solid performance at the Notre Dame Invitational, the DePaul men’s and women’s track and field teams head out on the road this weekend for the Indiana Relays hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington.

The meet is scheduled for competition on both Friday and Saturday with some invitation-only events occurring on both days. 

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Notre Dame Invitational Recap
Last Saturday, DePaul competed at the Notre Dame Invitational where 13 student-athletes qualified for the BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championships in 14 different events. Once again, senior Tim Nedow led the way as he registered a colossal first-place throw. Nedow’s second throw was measured at 20.01 meters—the furthest in the nation so far this season. The throw also set a new DePaul record and earned Nedow his third straight BIG EAST weekly award. Fellow thrower Matt Babicz also notched a career-best 17.98 meter throw for third place.

First-time BIG EAST qualifiers on the day included freshman Jacqueline Kasal (1,000m), Alexandra Muller (800m), Ayesha Ewing (200m), Lindsey Holden (200m), Joe Mason (400m), Matthew Graham (1 mile), Chris Miedema (1,000m), and Ian Sanchez (1,000m).

Badger Track Classic Recap
On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Blue Demons competed at the Badger Track Classic hosted by the University of Wisconsin. Nedow took first place with a 19.59 meter throw, earning in the process his second straight BIG EAST Conference Male Field Athlete of the Week honor.

On the track, freshman Jordon Vaughn picked up his second straight win in the men’s 60 meter after edging his opponents in both the Blue and Gold Invitational and the Badger Track Classic. Fellow freshman Ayesha Ewing also took home first place in the Badger Track Classic 60 meter dash, winning the women’s race by fractions of a second.

Junior Lindsey Holden  grabbed an individual win at the classic thanks to her 25.90 time in the 200 meter. Holden was also a part of DePaul’s first-place 4x400 meter relay team. That squad included Holden, Kasal, and sophomores Rebecca Adamcheck and Elizabeth Jefferson. Freshman Loreal Curtis, who lost to Holden in the 200 meter by one-hundredth of a second, was DePaul’s final individual winner. The Houston, Texas, native placed first in the women's 400 meter dash as the only competitor to come in under a minute—finishing with a time of 58.74.

Blue and Gold Invitational Recap
Before the new year began, DePaul traveled to Notre Dame for the Blue and Gold Invitational on December 2. On the men's side, senior captain Nedow threw for a first-place distance of19.51 meters on just his second attempt. The distance qualified Nedow for the NCAA Indoor Championships.

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 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.. Other first place finishers in the meet included freshman Jordon Vaughn who captured the top spot in the men's 60 meter dash and sophomore Chris Miedema who earned first in the one-mile run.