Track and Field Enter Indiana Relays and Chicago Duals
CHICAGO The DePaul track and field squad splits forces this weekend to represent the Blue Demons at the Indiana Relays and the Chicago Duals. Half of the team travels to Bloomington, Ind. for qualifying and preliminary rounds of all events on Friday, Jan. 30, followed by the final and invitational rounds on Saturday. The remaining Blue Demons make the short journey to the University of Chicago to participate in the dual-style meet on Saturday, Jan. 31.
The Indiana Relays features teams including host Indiana, Indiana State, Michigan, Purdue, and BIG EAST Conference rival Notre Dame. Not only will several national qualifiers be competing in the Gladstein Fieldhouse, but a number of professional athletes as well.
Among them, the DePaul squad looks to make their presence know on the national level. Leading the way for the sprinters is Stephanie Williams. The senior started out her indoor season with five top-five 60m finishes, including four wins. Her fastest 60m to date was her school record-tying run of 7.66. She also currently holds the teams’ top 200m dash time, with a 24.84.
On the men’s side the sprinters are led by the upperclassmen trio of Gabe Harris, Gilbert Lifton, and Patrick Smith. All three have qualified for the BIG EAST Indoor Championships in the 400m. Harris and Lifton have additionally earned conference qualifying marks in the 200m.
The throwers are lead by veterans Virginia MacFabe, Melissa Fraser, and Brad Millar, as well as new comer Alana Kovacs. At last weeks Bob Eubanks Invitational, all four walked away with BIG EAST nods. MacFabe and Fraser had weight throws of 15.92m and 15.55m, respectively, marking a new personal record for each of them. Millar increased his season-best weight throw to a 17.49m, while Kovacs improved her personal-best shot put to 13.10m.
Mary Cate Quiett continues to earn first place finishes in the middle-distance category. Although she doesn’t lead the team in the number of first place finishes (Williams leads with five), she is the only Blue Demon to win four separate events. Quiett currently holds wins in the 600m, 800m, 1000m, and the mile.
Field events begin on Friday at 4:00 p.m. (CST) For a full meet schedule click here, or follow the link located at the top of this page. The Chicago Duals kick-off at 11:30 a.m. at the Harry Crown Field House.
Results will be posted at the end of each day’s competition.