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Track and Field Finishes Carle/Health Alliance Classic



CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Terah Cheatham and Mary Cate Quiett recorded first-place performances as the DePaul men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Illinois Carle/Health Alliance Classic on Saturday.  The Blue Demons posted three BIG EAST Championship qualifying marks at the University of Illinois Armory.

Quiett won the women’s 800m run with a time of 2:17.45, while Allyson Petersen followed in fourth place with a time of 2:22.22.  Quiett scored 10 points for the Blue Demon women and Petersen scored five points.

The women’s 3,000m run saw Cheatham and Stephanie Hughes finish first and second, respectively.  Cheatham clocked a time of 10:25.05 and scored 10 points, while Hughes posted a time of 10:37.33 and scored eight points.

Tammy Burris placed eighth in the women’s weight throw with a mark of 15.69m.  Burris’ gave DePaul one point with her second performance this season greater than the BIG EAST qualifying standard of 15.25m.  Melissa Fraser placed 11th in the event with a personal-best weight throw of 13.97m.

Brad Millar earned fourth place in the men’s weight throw and scored five points with a season-best toss of 17.15m.  He has exceeded the BIG EAST standard of 14.97m in all four meets of the season.

The men’s long jump saw Joe Strawder place fifth as he cleared a distance of 6.84m.  The Blue Demon sophomore has surpassed the BIG EAST standard of 6.55m in every meet of the season.

DePaul’s men picked up seven points in the 3,000m run and four points in the 1,000m run.  Jakub Kolacz took sixth place in the 3,000m race with a time of 9:15.95, while Jeremy Applebaum followed in eighth place with a time of 9:40.41 and Ryan Solomon finished ninth with a time of 9:42.60.  Greg Udzielak finished sixth in the 1,000m run with a time of 2:36.24 and Richard Byrne followed in eighth place with a time of 2:36.61. 

The Blue Demon women placed eighth out of eight teams with 40 points, while the DePaul men finished sixth out of six teams with 34 points.  Illinois swept the team titles with 197 points in the women’s standings and 208 points in the men’s standings.

DePaul returns to competition next weekend at the Indiana Relays.  The two-day meet runs February 1-2 in Bloomington, Indiana.