Track and Field Concludes Spring Break Trip at Southern Illinois Meet
March 28, 2013
CHICAGO – DePaul track and field will be looking for a strong finishing kick as the Blue Demons wind up their spring break trip on Friday and Saturday at Southern Illinois.
After performing in last weekend’s Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invite and then practicing throughout the week at Vanderbilt, DePaul will compete at the Bill Cornell Spring Classic in Carbondale.
Getting the outdoor track season off to a good start, the Blue Demons did well at the Black & Gold with nine student-athletes earning qualifying marks for the BIG EAST Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The men’s team had six qualifiers led by Adam Kovacs in the javelin throw. Joining him on the qualifying list were teammates Jordon Vaughn in the 100-meter dash, Alex Fisher in the 110m hurdles, Mac Melto and Brandon Threats in the 400m and Chris Miedema in the 800m.
In addition to those qualifiers, Herald Alvarez set a school record in the 3,000-meter run.
The 13-team Spring Classic field is headed by the Illinois women's team which is ranked No. 16 in the nation by the USTFCCCA.
The field events begin at 3 p.m. on Friday and the men’s and women’s 10K races start at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, the field events get underway at 9 a.m. and the track events commence at 12:30 p.m.
Prior to the start of the meet on Friday is a dedication ceremony for the Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex and the Connie Price-Smith Throws Area.
Hartzog coached SIU’s track and field and cross country programs from 1960-84 and golf from 1986-92. He was chosen Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year 19 times.
Price-Smith is the current track coach at SIU and a four-time Olympian.