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Track and Field to Continue Season at Iowa State Classic, Lewis Invitational

CHICAGO– The DePaul men’s and women’s track and field spend this weekend at the Iowa State Classic and the Lewis Dick Pond Invitational.  The Blue Demons compete Friday and Saturday at Iowa State’s Lied Recreation Athletic Facility in Ames, Iowa.  Saturday’s meet at the Lewis Fieldhouse in Romeoville, Illinois brings a DePaul squad of four sprinters and five throwers.


The Blue Demon squad at Iowa State features BIG EAST qualifiers tuning up for next weekend’s Championships.


Senior Jamie Holifield and junior Tammy Burris open Friday’s events in the women’s weight throw.  Holifield boasts seven throws better than the BIG EAST qualifying standard of 15.25m, while Burris has eclipsed the mark in six meets this season.


Friday afternoon concludes with freshman Joe Strawder in the long jump, freshman Brad Millar in the shot put, and senior Donnie Smith in the 200m dash.  Strawder bested the BIG EAST long jump standard of 6.55m three times this season, and Millar surpassed the weight throw qualifying mark of 14.97m in seven competitions.


Freshman Terah Cheatham opens Saturday morning at Iowa State in the women’s 3,000m run.  She carries a season-best time of 10:28.13 and aims for the qualifying standard of 10:13.74.


Saturday morning continues with Burris and Holifield in the women’s shot put, where both throwers have exceeded the qualifying standard of 12.50m multiple times this season.


Competition at Iowa State concludes Saturday afternoon with the women’s 4x400m relay.  Junior Allyson Petersen joins sophomores Kyra Coffey and Jessica Rodriguez to pass the baton with freshman Kaaydah Nangle.


Saturday’s meet at Lewis places the Blue Demons in the weight throw, shot put and 55m dash.  Freshmen Curtis Hoag and Ian Ianakov represent DePaul in both men’s throwing events, while senior Sara Polensky joins freshmen Ebonie Cobb and Virginia MacFabe in both women’s throwing events.  DePaul enters senior Mary Hodges and freshman Ivy Moffett in the women’s 55m dash.  The men’s 55m dash features freshmen Mike Bogart and Jason Goldman.


The Iowa State Classic brings the Blue Demons together with talent from Arkansas State, Indiana State, Kansas State, Missouri, Wichita, Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  The Lewis Invitational includes competition from BIG EAST rival Marquette in addition to Chicagoland squads from Loyola-Chicago, UIC, Elmhurst, Trinity and Wheaton.


The 2007 BIG EAST Indoor Championship runs February 17-18 at the University of Akron Fieldhouse in Akron, Ohio.