DePaul Heads to BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships
Feb. 14, 2013
CHICAGO - DePaul is ready for some fast times this weekend at the BIG EAST Indoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.
The Spire Institute indoor track and field complex will host the 13 teams in the men's field and 14 in the women's field beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Notre Dame won the men's title last year and Georgetown finished first on the women's side.
"There are certain parts of our group that are looking really good," said DePaul coach Dave Dopek. "Both the men's and women's teams have the potential to break school records and to improve upon our finish in conference last year.
"We have a young team with only two seniors traveling with us, Tonderai Tomu and Lindsey Holden. They are both going to be pretty important to what we do. They're both in the 400-meter dash and the 4x400m relay.
"There are a lot of freshmen and sophomores running for us at this meet. I believe a good number of school records and personal records are in jeopardy. That's what every program is hoping for at a meet like this."
Jordon Vaughn has qualified in the 60m and 200m while Tomu qualified in the 60m and 400m. Other qualifiers on the men's side include Brandon Threats (200m), Mac Melto (200m, 400m), Chris Miedema (800m, 1000m), Anthony Babicz (shot put) and Adam Kovacs (weight throw).
Qualifiers on the women's side include Ayesha Ewing (200m), Tayler Whittler (60m, 200m), Loreal Curtis (400m), Lindsey Holden (400m), Alexandra Muller (1000m) Jackie Kasal (1000m, mile run) Jazmyne Durrah (shot put, weight throw and Sarah Moss (weight throw).
"The expectation is that we're going to have an outstanding meet," Dopek said. "We are looking to get a lot of good performances from the sprinters on both the men's and women's teams. The sprints are the strongest and deepest part of our program.
"Jordon,Tonderai, Brandon and Mac will lead the program. Chris Miedema will be someone to watch in the mid-distance. Tayler will head up the women sprinters, and we've got Jackie in the mid-distance and Jazmyne in the throws.
"We're going to rely on the aspect of team. Even though you may be lining up by yourself in a race, remember that you are representing an entire track program and that you aren't alone in your competition. All of your teammates are right there with you."
Dopek believes the Blue Demons will do well in their individual events and the relays with a good chance of qualifying a good number of athletes for the finals.
"This might be the first time at the BIG EAST indoor meet that we're running all six relays," Dopek said. "The expectation is for all six relays to score points and to get on the podium.
"If our athletes run with passion, they are capable of scoring. We've been working hard and building towards this meet throughout the indoor season. We have put them in position to throw, sprint and run well.
"It's time to collect on all that hard work and sacrifice."