Blue Demons Open Outdoor Track Season at Vanderbilt
Adam Kovacs will lead the DePaul track and field team into the Black & Gold meet at Vanderbilt.

March 21, 2013

CHICAGO – DePaul’s track and field team is departing Friday for its spring break trip that will include two meets and a week of practice in warmer weather.

The Blue Demons’ bus will arrive in Nashville, Tenn. in preparation for Saturday’s outdoor season opener, the Vanderbilt Black & Gold.

They will spend next week working out at Vanderbilt and stop off in Carbondale, Ill. on the way home for the SIU Spring Classic March 29-30.

“We are looking to pick up right where we left off from the indoor season,” said DePaul track and field coach Dave Dopek. “A lot of good things happened during the indoor season, and we’re excited about all the events we’ll be able to perform in the outdoor season.

“It’s always exciting to watch Adam Kovacs in the javelin throw. Now, all of our discus and hammer throwers will have an opportunity to perform in their events. Blake Thompson will do well in the discus along with Sarah Moss and Jazmyne Durrah.

“We’re looking forward to Jackie Kasal competing in the steeplechase. The men’s 4x100 relay team of Brandon Threats, Mac Melto, Jordon Vaughn and Joe Turner will be something to watch.”

Dopek was just getting warmed up with his anticipation for the outdoor season.

“The women’s 4x100 and 4x400 relays will have people like Tayler Whittler, Ayesha Ewing, Loreal Curtis and Lindsey Holden,” Dopek said. “There will be four different student-athletes doing the 400-meter hurdles.

“We’re adding men's basketball player Durrell McDonald in the high jump. He is a 7-foot high jumper, and we’d like to see him set some personal records. The school record in the high jump is 7-1 set by Mark Gant in 1987. That’s not out of Durrell’s reach.”

The Blue Demon coach is looking for the standouts from the indoor season to continue their momentum heading into the spring.

“The people that did well during the indoor season will be in the forefront of our program in the outdoor season” Dopek said. “Tayler Whittler, Ayesha Ewing, Loreal Curtis, Jackie Kasal, Lindsey Holden, Jazmyne Durrah and Sarah Moss on the women’s side. For the men, it’s Adam Kovacs, Blake Thompson, Brandon Threats, Mac Melto, Jordon Vaughn and Chris Miedema.

“This first outdoor meet, let’s get in there and compete and post some good times. After that we’ll spend the week practicing at Vanderbilt. It will give us a chance to work out in warmer weather.

“When I look at our program heading into the outdoor season, we have a chance to be a very solid team.”



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