Brad Millar and Melissa Fraser Qualify for the NCAA Regionals
ARLINGTON, Texas The DePaul men’s and women’s track and field teams emerged from their first meet of the outdoor season with two NCAA Regional and nine BIG EAST Conference qualification marks. Brad Millar and Melissa Fraser both surpassed the NCAA standard for the first time this season.
Millar, the two-time BIG EAST Champion in the hammer throw, was the top collegiate finisher after recording distance of 62.42m. Fraser, who also holds a conference title, placed first in the javelin with her throw of 48.16m. She also placed fourth in the hammer with a BIG EAST qualifying throw of 52.99m. Jim Theologes surpassed the conference standard of 14.75m in the shot put by hitting a distance of 15.00m to finish seventh.
Stephanie Williams picked up BIG EAST qualifications in both of her races today. In the 100m-dash, she placed sixth with a time of 12.09 while she finished 10th in the 200m behind a time of 24.81. Kyra Coffey placed fifth in the 400m with a time of 59.32.
Gabe Harris was the top-sprinter for the men’s team today, placing 11th in the 200m. His time of 22.08 meets the league standard of 22.18. Olympic gold medalist Jeremy Wariner won the event in a time of 20.85.
In the middle distance events, Toni Salvatore led the women with her sixth place finish in the 800m. She crossed the line at 2:19.38. Edin Pasalic represented the men in the 800m, placing 12th in a time of 2:01.27.
The Blue Demons tallied two wins in the distance events, as Matthew Graham took the 3,000m steeplechase crown and Terah Cheatham won the 3,000m. Graham finished in a time of 9:38.91 while Cheatham logged a time of 10:52.55.
Joe Strawder exceeded the conference qualifying mark in the triple jump, place second behind a leap of 14.78m. He also placed seventh in the long jump with a distance of 6.87m.
Patrick Smith met the league standard exactly, with his 400m hurdle time of 55.64.
The Blue Demons return to action on April 4, when they journey to West Lafayette, Ind. for the Mike Poehlein Invitational.