Track and Field Closes Out BIG EAST Indoor Championships
NEW YORK, N.Y. Claire Duck, Allyson Petersen, Maureen Kuhta and Mary Cate Quiett set a DePaul record in the 4x800m relay as the men’s and women’s track and field teams closed out the BIG EAST Conference Indoor Championships on Sunday. The Blue Demons placed 10th in the men’s team standings and 15th among all women’s teams at the New Balance Track and Field Center.
Duck, Petersen, Kuhta and Quiett finished fifth in the 4x800m relay with a time of 9:02.85. The Blue Demon squad earned four points while shattering the previous DePaul record of 9:32.44 that stood since 1992. A foursome from Georgetown took the 4x800m title with a time of 8:51.32.
Ryan Moore finished second in the men’s 400m dash with a season-best time of 47.85, while Gabe Harris followed in fifth place with a season-best time of 48.34. Moore’s performance gave DePaul eight points and Harris’ finish added four points. Elvis Lewis of Villanova won the event with a time of 47.79.
Moore and Harris returned for the men’s 4x400m relay, where they passed the baton with Gilbert Lifton and Patrick Smith. The quartet gave the Blue Demons five points as they took fourth place with a time of 3:15.10. A squad from Seton Hall won the race with a time of 3:11.64.
Stephanie Williams posted two points for DePaul as she placed seventh in the women’s 200m dash with a personal-best time of 24.49. Pittsburgh’s Shantea Calhoun took first place with a time of 23.85.
The men’s mile run saw Nick Schaefer finish ninth with a personal-best time of 4:15.05, while Notre Dame’s Kurt Benninger won the event with a BIG EAST Championship record of 4:00.12. Joe Strawder covered a personal-best distance of 14.07m in the men’s triple jump. The Blue Demon sophomore placed 10th as Eric Jones of Pittsburgh won the event with a mark of 15.26m.
Ebonie Cobb placed 18th in the women’s shot put with a 12.63m throw and Terah Cheatham finished 21st in the women’s 3,000m run with a time of 10:20.75.
DePaul combined for 27 points in the men’s team standings and 14 points in the women’s competition. Connecticut swept the team titles with 167 points in the men’s events and 103.5 points in the women’s standings.
The Blue Demons exceeded their 2007 BIG EAST Indoor Championship point totals by 24 points on the men’s side and four points on the women’s side.
DePaul opens its 2008 outdoor season on March 29 at the Bobby Lane Invitational in Arlington, Texas.