Track and Field Shines During Day One of the EMU Twlight
Ypsilanti, Mich. The student-athletes of the DePaul men’s and women’s track and field team had a day of new personal records, top-ten finishes, and BIG EAST Conference Championship qualifying performances during day one of the EMU Twilight. Kelcie Daniels lowered her personal record in the 400m hurdles, while Matthew Graham set a new PR in the 3,000m steeplechase.
Daniels met the BIG EAST standard for the third time this season in the 400m hurdles in addition to lowering her PR to 1:02.79 to finish fourth in the field of 24. The freshman has consistently shown improvement, having bettered her previous time during every meet this season.
The men continue to make strides as well in the 400m hurdles, as Patrick Smith and Erik Felt both met the league standard for the fourth time this season. Intra-squad competition proves to be the highest motivator for the Blue Demon hurdlers, as they have traded the team’s top time in the event all season, in addition to finishing next to each other during the last three meets. This weekend, Smith came out on top with a sixth place time of 52.68, while Felt clocked in at 52.90 to finish seventh.
Although Graham did not win the 3,000m steeplechase for the first time this season, he did lower his personal-best in the event to 9:24.00. The time not only counts for his first conference championship qualifying mark of the season in the steeplechase, but also earned him a second place finish.
Mary Cate Quiett, who recently added the 1,500m to her repertoire, placed fifth with a season-best time of 4:35.49. In just the second occasion Quiett has ever run the 1,500m in competition, she met the BIG EAST Standard. She also has previously qualified for the league championships in the 800m.
Jim Theologes met the conference standard in the shot put for the second consecutive time this season. His distance of 15.17m was good enough for fifth place. Alanna Kovacs was the top finisher on the women’s side, placing ninth after stretching the tape to 12.14m
Both Theologes and Brad Millar also competed in the hammer throw. Millar had posted a distance of 59.31m, while Theologes recorded a 43.67m when competition was suspended due to darkness. Play resumes tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. (CST)
The scheduled portion of the EMU Twilight resumes on Saturday at 9 a.m. with the remaining field events.