Track and Field Concludes Day One of BIG EAST Indoor Championships
NEW YORK, N.Y. Brad Millar placed second in the weight throw as the DePaul men’s and women’s track and field teams closed out day one of the BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championships on Saturday. The Blue Demons hold seventh place in the men’s standings and 11th place in the women’s standings entering Sunday’s final events at the New Balance Track and Field Center.
Millar recorded a personal-best weight throw of 19.09m as he finished just 0.22m behind Andrew Hackney of Louisville. The Blue Demon sophomore gave his squad eight points in the team standings while eclipsing his previous personal-best mark of 18.46m.
The women’s distance medley relay team took fourth place with a DePaul-record time of 11:39.36. Claire Duck, Kyra Coffey, Allyson Petersen and Mary Cate Quiett passed the baton and shattered the previous Blue Demon record of 12:08.90 that was set at the 2007 BIG EAST Indoor Championships. Their performance gave DePaul five points in the team standings. West Virginia won the race with a time of 11:16.87.
Tammy Burris and Virginia MacFabe gave the Blue Demons three points as they finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the women’s weight throw. Burris posted two points with a throw of 16.65m, while MacFabe followed with one point on a 16.40m toss. Jere’ Summers of Louisville won the event with a 19.91m throw.
The men’s long jump saw Joe Strawder clear 7.13m to take seventh place. The Blue Demon sophomore gave his squad two points, while Rudon Bastian of Louisville won the event with a 7.45m leap.
Stephanie Williams represented DePaul in the women’s 60m and 200m preliminaries. She placed 13th in the 60m race with a personal-best time of 7.70 before she finished second in her 200m heat with a personal-best time of 24.56. The Blue Demon junior enters Sunday’s 200m finals at 12:40 p.m. (CST).
Gabe Harris and Ryan Moore both placed second in their respective heats during the men’s 400m dash preliminaries. Harris recorded a season-best time of 48.43, while Moore clocked a race of 48.45. The DePaul duo races in Sunday’s 400m finals at 12:30 p.m.
After six women’s events and five men’s events scored, Notre Dame tops the men’s team standings with 48 points, while Louisville leads all women’s squads with 36 points. The Blue Demons hold 10 points in the men’s standings and eight points in the women’s competition.
DePaul opens Sunday’s action at 11:30 a.m. when Joe Strawder takes on the men’s triple jump and Ebonie Cobb joins the women’s shot put. Terah Cheatham enters the women’s 3,000m run at 1 p.m. and the Blue Demons are also slated to race in the women’s 4x800m relay and men’s 4x400m relay.