Quiett Breaks 800m Record at Meyo Invitational
NOTRE DAME, Ind. Mary Cate Quiett notched a DePaul record in the 800m run as the women’s and men’s track and field teams closed out the Meyo Invitational on Saturday. The Blue Demons collected eight BIG EAST Conference Championship qualifying performances at Notre Dame’s Loftus Center.
Quiett turned in an 800m time of 2:11.34, breaking Leah Rygh’s 2003 record of 2:12.53. The DePaul freshman placed 20th out of 76 runners while satisfying the BIG EAST standard of 2:17.04 for the second time this season.
The men’s 400m dash saw Ryan Moore pick up his first BIG EAST qualification of the season as he finished 13th with a time of 48.44. Gabe Harris also met the BIG EAST standard of 49.84 as he placed 28th with a time of 49.18.
Terah Cheatham earned her first BIG EAST Championship bid in the women’s 3,000m run as she recorded a time of 10:05.51. The Blue Demon sophomore finished 29th out of 57 runners while reaching the qualifying mark of 10:08.74. Claire Duck gave DePaul another BIG EAST worthy performance when she placed 26th in the women’s mile run with a time of 5:02.00.
The Meyo Invitational opened on Friday evening as Joe Strawder cleared 6.98m in the men’s long jump. The Blue Demon sophomore placed 13th while exceeding the BIG EAST standard of 6.55m.
Stephanie Williams and Patrick Smith closed out Saturday’s action for DePaul with BIG EAST qualifications in the women’s and men’s 200m races. Williams placed sixth in the women’s event with a personal-best indoor time of 24.66. It stands as her fifth time this season better than the BIG EAST standard of 25.50. Smith picked up his first BIG EAST qualification of the season as he finished 22nd in the men’s 200m race with a time of 22.54.
DePaul also competed on Saturday at the Lewis Dick Pond Invitational in Romeoville, Illinois. Tammy Burris and Virginia MacFabe placed first and second, respectively, in the women’s weight throw. Both Blue Demons broke through the BIG EAST standard of 15.25m as Burris covered 16.46m and MacFabe posted a 16.14m throw.
The Dick Pond Invitational also saw Ebonie Cobb win the women’s shot put with her first BIG EAST qualifying mark of the season. The Blue Demon sophomore delivered a 13.03m throw, breaking through the standard of 12.75m.
The Blue Demons return to competition in two weeks at the BIG EAST Championships in New York City. DePaul joins the best of the conference, February 23-24, at the New Balance Track and Field Center.