Mary Cate Quiett Breaks Her Own 800m Record at the Meyo Invitational
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Mary Cate Quiett of the DePaul track and field team brought the school record count at the Meyo Invitational to three after breaking her own 800m all-time best, in addition to meeting her first NCAA provisional qualifying performance of the season. She and the rest of the Blue Demon squads also tallied a total of 10 BIG EAST Conference qualifying marks on the second and final day of the nationally renowned meet.
Quiett follows Tonderai Tomu and Lindsey Holden, who both set records in the men's and women's 300m dash on the first day of competition. Quiett placed eighth overall in the 800m after clocking an NCAA provisional and conference qualifying time of 2:08.63. The junior currently holds four indoor DePaul records and two on the outdoor track.
Also running in the women's 800m was Toni Salvatore and Kelly Pickering, who logged times of 2:15.70 and 2:18.58, respectively. In the men's 800m, Edin Pasalic closed in on the BIG EAST qualifying standard by less than a tenth of a second, falling just short of earning the bid with a time of 1:55.31. The Blue Demons have a final opportunity to earn a spot at the 2010 championships next weekend at the ISU Classic in Ames, Iowa.
Terah Cheatham lowered her PR in the mile after crossing the finish line at the 5:02.11 mark, eclipsing the BIG EAST standard for second time this season. In the men's mile, Greg Udzielak clocked a time of 4:27.38.
Joe Strawder nearly replicated his DePaul record-setting performance at the Indiana Relays after catapulting himself across 15.33m in the triple jump. Last weekend, he claimed the school record after landing a jump of 15.34m.
Tomu became the 19th Blue Demon to qualify for the BIG EAST Championships after recording a 400m time of 49.21. Today's effort was just his second race in a Blue Demon uniform after being added to the roster in January. Gilbert Lifton added a time of 49.98 to DePaul's list of performances at the Meyo Invitational.
In the women's 400m, Holden eclipsed the BIG EAST standard with a time of 57.72 to place 34th.
Tim Nedow tallied his fifth BIG EAST qualifying performance of the season, placing sixth in the shot put behind a throw of 16.45m. Matt Babicz logged a distance of 15.38m to place 17th.
Idia Omogiate and Chris Kyles rounded out the list of today's conference meet qualifiers, after clocking respectable 60m dash times. Omogiate finished the race in 7.85 seconds, while Kyles recorded a time of 7.03. Ivy Moffett finished the day with a time of 8.01.
Another notable performance of the day was Alabama's Kirani James, who ran the world's fastest 400m time of 45.79.
The Blue Demons head to Ames, Iowa on Feb. 11-13 for ISU Classic. The meet is the final competition before the 2010 BIG EAST Indoor Championships on Feb. 20-21.