DePaul Travels to BIG EAST Championships
Feb. 17, 2012
CHICAGO – Members of the DePaul men’s and women’s track and field teams are set to compete this weekend at the BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championships, the culmination of their indoor conference schedule. Those that qualified for the championships will begin competition on Saturday.
The BIG EAST Conference is providing free live streaming of the championships from the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in New York on both Saturday and Sunday. That coverage is available at the conference’s Championship Central page.
Among the qualifying Blue Demons is senior thrower Tim Nedow. Nedow opened the indoor season with a first place finish in the shot put and continued that trend throughout. In each of the five meets that he competed in this season, Nedow took the top spot with dominant performances.
At DePaul’s most recent meet, the Iowa State Classic, Nedow earned first with a 20.35-meter throw. That distance not only claimed first in DePaul’s record book but also currently stands as the top throw in the country, edging a 20.31-meter throw by Florida’s Kemal Mesic.
With five BIG EAST Male Field Athlete of the Week honors awarded to him this season, Nedow has more than any other track and field athlete in the conference.
Also competing in the shot put at the BIG EAST Championships is sophomore Matt Babicz, who recorded a personal-best distance of 17.98 meters at the Notre Dame Invitational on Jan. 21.
In the women’s shot put, senior Alanna Kovacs reached BIG EAST qualifying standards in each competition this season. Like Nedow, Kovacs also broke DePaul’s indoor shot put record when her throw at the Meyo Invitational measured 14.57 meters. Kovacs will also participate in the weight throw event at the BIG EAST Indoors. Her season-best throw came at the Blue and Gold Invitational when she amassed a distance of 17.08 meters.
Joining Kovacs in the women’s weight throw are fellow senior Melissa Fraser and freshman thrower Jazmyne Durrah. Fraser’s best throw this season came at the Indiana Relays when she reached a mark of 16.02 meters. Durrah, a Chicago native, has twice registered throws of over 17 meters—including a 17.08-meter throw at the Meyo Invitational—to earn her spot at the conference championships.
The last Blue Demon competing on the field side of the competition is sophomore Joe Boesso who just last week reached the qualifying mark in the high jump with a height of 1.97 meters.
In track events, DePaul will be represented by seven female and eight male student-athletes.
For the DePaul men, Matthew Graham, Joe Mason, and Chris Miedema are tasked with competing in individual events. Graham will take on the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs while Mason competes in the 400-meter dash, and Miedema runs the 1,000-meter.
Mason and Miedema are also on board to run in the distance medley relay along with Max Clink, Lucas Junk, Max Rodrigues, and Ian Sanchez. Additionally, Clink, Junk, Sanchez, and freshman Ben Hiromura are scheduled to compete in the 4x800-meter.
Live results will be available throughout the competition via the BIG EAST. After the final conference meet, the Blue Demons next compete at the Alex Wilson Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on March 2 and 3. There, DePaul competitors have their last chance to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 9 and 10.