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Preview: DePaul Track & Field Hosts 2014 Blue Demon Open
Jackie Kasal

Jackie Kasal

April 17, 2014

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CHICAGO -- For the first time since the 2012 track and field campaign, DePaul University will host the DePaul Blue Demon Open at Lane Stadium in Chicago.

Along with the Blue Demons, the event will feature athletes from Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois-Chicago, Northwestern University and Valparaiso University.

The meet will begin at 10 a.m. (field events) on Saturday morning with field events and will last through approximately 4:30 p.m. In addition to the track and field events, the Blue Demon Open will honor DePaul's graduating class of nine student athletes at 11:40 a.m. and hold a Kids DIBS Dash at 11:50 a.m. Running competitions will begin at 12 p.m.

Saturday's Blue Demon open is the sixth meet of the outdoor season for DePaul. Last weekend, in split-squad action, the Blue Demons competed in both the Chicagoland Championships in Romeoville, Ill., and the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. 

Matt Babicz highlighted the Sun Angel Classic with a win in the premiere division of the shot put, posted a PR of 19.09 meters to win the event. He was named the BIG EAST Field Athlete of the Week for his efforts. In addition, Xavier Jones and Mac Melto placed 1-2 in the 200-meter dash, Melto posted a PR in the 400 while taking second and Tayler Whittler and Ayesha Ewing went 2-3 in the women's 200. In the men's and women's 800-meter runs, Jackie Kasal took fourth, recording a time of 2:08.56 (a personal record that ranks 25th in the west region) and Chris Miedema posted a mark of 1:51.21, which ranks seventh in the BIG EAST. Kasal is now the second-ranked 800-meter runner in DePaul history, behind only All-America Honorable Mention Mary Cate Quiett.

In Romeoville, Shayna Nwokenkwo took the 100-meter dash on the women's side while Chaz Bottoms won the 200 on the men's side. Anthony Babicz posted a win in the shot put competition as well.

The Blue Demon Open is the third-to-last meet of the regular season for the Blue Demons before they travel to Philadelphia for the three-day BIG EAST Outdoor Championships on May 9.

Addition information on the Blue Demon Open, including the meet schedule and program, can be found on the event's web page.