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Blue Demons Head to Tom Botts Invitational
Senior Tim Nedow will compete in the shot put and discus events on Saturday.

Senior Tim Nedow will compete in the shot put and discus events on Saturday.

April 13, 2012

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – One week after both the DePaul men’s and women’s track and field teams claimed second place at the Chicagoland Championships, the Blue Demons head to Columbia, Mo., for Saturday’s Tom Botts Invitational.

The meet, which opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday with the throws events, is hosted by the University of Missouri and is held at the Audrey Walton Track Complex. Seniors Melissa Fraser and Alanna Kovacs join freshman Jazmyne Durrah in the women’s hammer throw at that time. Simultaneously, the men’s hammer throw, men’s and women’s discus, and men’s and women’s shot put all begin. Durrah is scheduled to compete in the discus and shot put as well while Kovacs takes on the discus and later, the javelin.

In the men’s hammer, freshmen Anthony Babicz and Adam Kovacs are scheduled to compete. Along with his sophomore brother Matt Babicz, Anthony will also compete in the discus and shot put events. Last weekend, Matt Babicz placed second in the shot put with a new personal-record throw of 17.29 meters.

Senior Tim Nedow, the reigning BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week, is also scheduled to compete in the both the shot put and discus. Nedow took home first in both events at last week’s Chicagoland Championships. While his winning shot throw fell below his career-best, he set a new personal record in outdoor discus with a 56.66-meter throw. That distance currently stands as the 12th-best in the nation so far this season. In the USTFCCCA rankings, Nedow is 15th in discus and holds at 12th in shot put.

Nedow isn’t the only Blue Demon in the rankings, however, as both Alanna Kovacs and Fraser have muscled themselves into second and third in the javelin ranks, respectively. Kovacs’ career-best throw from last season of 54.88 meters has her sitting in second while Fraser’s distance of 54.04 meters earlier this season stands as the second-best throw of 2012. The javelin event is scheduled for noon on Saturday.

The only other remaining field event for DePaul is the men’s high jump which freshman Joe Boesso takes on at 10:45 a.m.

On the track, senior Matthew Graham opens things up with the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 11 a.m. In both times that he has competed in the event this season, Graham has placed first though.

At 11:30, the Blue Demon three part freshman, one part junior-squad of Ayesha Ewing, Loreal Curtis, Ashley Holden, and Lindsey Holden will take to the track for the women’s 4x100-meter relay.

Shortly thereafter, both the men’s and women’s 1,500-meter runs are set to commence. For the DePaul women, freshmen Jacqueline Kasal and Danielle Hernando are scheduled to compete while Eddie McDaniel, Max Rodrigues, and Chris Miedema are on for the men.

At 12:30 p.m., Curis, Lindsey Holden, and Elizabeth Jefferson hit the track for the women’s 400-meter while Zack Gaskell, Joe Mason, and Tonderai Tomu do the same for the DePaul men. Freshmen Ewing and Jordon Vaughn are then set to sprint in the women’s and men’s 100-meter dash. Alexandra Muller follows in the women’s 800-meter before Ian Sanchez, Lucas Junk, and Miedema compete in the men’s counterpart.

In the 400-meter hurdles, Rebecca Adamcheck, Kelcie Daniels, and Ashley Holden will each race. Curtis, Ewing, and Lindsey Holden are scheduled to compete in the women’s 200-meter final at 1:50 p.m. to conclude the women’s events for the Blue Demons.

DePaul’s last race of the day in the men’s 5,000-meter run at 2:10 p.m. Sophomore Herald Alvarez, who placed sixth in the event at the Chicagoland Championships last weekend, is the lone Blue Demon competing.

The Tom Botts Invitational is just a one-day affair for DePaul. Following the meet, the Blue Demons return home to prepare to host the 2012 DePaul Invitational on April 20-21 at Lane Stadium. For more information on the DePaul Invitational, click here.