Blue Demons Add One More to Conference Championship Slate
AMES, Iowa - On the final day of competition at the ISU Classic, Edin Pasalic became the 20th member of the DePaul track and field team to qualify for the BIG EAST Conference Championships. In addition to Pasalic's career-best run today, eight other Blue Demons eclipsed league qualification standards.
Pasalic placed 19th out of nearly 70 competitors in the 800m with a time of 1:54.90. The senior would go on to clock a 1:12.63 in the 600-yard trek to finish 12th.
In the seeded heat of the 800m, Mary Cate Quiett placed ninth after crossing the finish line at the 2:10.68 mark. The time is her fourth BIG EAST qualifying mark in the event. Prior to this weekend's competition, she was the highest ranked 800m runner in the league after clocking a 2:08.63 at the Meyo Invitational.
Toni Salvatore paced the Blue Demons in the non-seeded section of the 800m, placing 12th overall with a time of 2:15.84. Her performance was good enough to eclipse the league standard for the second time this season. Also running in the 800m was Kelly Pickering, who posted a time of 2:18.02.
Lindsey Holden nearly claimed her second DePaul record of the season, running a personal-record 400m time of 56.47. Diane Runnels currently hold the school's all-time best with a time of 56.32. Holden's time placed her 14th overall and brings her BIG EAST qualifying times total to seven (two in the 200m, five in the 400m).
In the 400m, Tonderai Tomu met BIG EAST standards and placed third after running a season-best 48.74. Ryan Bosman recorded a career-best time of 51.37, while Jamil Chammas posted a 51.55.
In the women's 400m, Kelcie Daniels finished the race in a time of 58.90.
In the triple jump competition, Joe Strawder placed second after stretching the tape to 15.09m. Strawder has surpassed the conference qualifying standard in every appearance this season, and enters the league championship as the No. 2 seed.
Cynthia Edwards represented the Blue Demons in the triple jump, and finished the evening with a distance of 10.07m.
Idia Omogiate lowered her PR in the 60m, recording a BIG EAST qualifying time of 7.77. Ivy Moffet and Aforo Okraku also raced and posted times of 7.91 and 8.33, respectively.
In the men's 60m, Chris Kyles matched his school record time of 6.97 to place in the top-20.
Two throwers met the league standard in the shot put today, as Alanna Kovacs and Matt Babicz were the top finishers for the Blue Demons. Kovacs registered a distance of 13.01m, while Babicz threw a distance of 15.68m. Also competing was Ebonie Cobb, who recorded a shot put throw of 12.35m.
In the final event of the meet, Quiett, Holden, Daniels and Salvatore exchanged the baton in the 4x400m in a time of 3:54.27, while Lifton, Tomu, Max Clink and Pasalic each ran 400m in a collaborative time of 3:21.60.
The Blue Demons take on the conference's best next weekend, Feb. 20-21 for the 2010 BIG EAST Indoor Championships in New York City.