Burris Breaks Own DePaul Record at Purdue
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Tammy Burris broke her own DePaul record in the women’s shot put as the men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at Purdue’s Dave Rankin Invitational on Saturday. The Blue Demons won four events and delivered 15 BIG EAST Championship qualifying performances in addition to one NCAA Regional qualifying mark at the Rankin Track and Field.
Burris threw the shot put 13.79m to surpass the DePaul record of 13.46m that she set at the Southern Illinois Spring Classic on March 24. The Blue Demon junior finished third in the event and eclipsed the BIG EAST standard of 12.50m for the fifth time this season.
The women’s hammer throw saw Jamie Holifield take second place with a mark of 52.25m, while Burris followed in third with a 51.89m throw. Both DePaul throwers exceeded the BIG EAST standard of 45.12m.
Holifield also posted a BIG EAST qualifying mark in the women’s discus throw as she earned fifth place with a distance of 40.78m, surpassing the standard of 40.00m.
Brad Millar notched his second NCAA Regional qualifying performance of the season in the men’s hammer throw with a mark of 58.27m. The Blue Demon freshman placed second and exceeded the NCAA standard of 55.60m. Curtis Hoag followed in eighth place with a mark of 44.73m, eclipsing the BIG EAST standard of 43.40m.
In addition to their performances in the hammer throw, Hoag and Millar posted three more BIG EAST qualifying efforts on the day. Millar broke the 54.00m javelin throw standard as he placed fourth with a mark of 56.50m. Hoag notched a qualifying discus throw of 44.09m and a qualifying shot put mark of 14.65m.
DePaul’s success in field events continued as Joe Strawder delivered BIG EAST qualifying marks in the long jump and triple jump. The Blue Demon freshman won the long jump with a distance of 7.04m, exceeding the standard of 6.80m. He then cleared 14.35m in the triple jump, finishing third and breaking the standard of 13.36m.
Allyson Petersen, Mary Hodges and Anthony Becknek gave DePaul a trio of first place finishes on the track. Petersen won the women’s 800m run with a time of 2:14.99, while Hodges took the women’s 100m dash crown with a time of 12.52. Becknek won the men’s 3,000m steeplechase with a season-best time of 9:14.52. The Blue Demon senior broke the BIG EAST standard of 9:34.24 for the fourth time this season.
DePaul posted three more BIG EAST performances on the track as LaShunta Sanders, Kaaydah Nangle and Gabe Harris all met qualifying standards. Sanders finished fourth in the women’s 200m dash with a time of 24.92, while Nangle placed seventh in the women’s 100m hurdles with a time of 14.49. Harris posted a time of 48.01 in the men’s 100m dash and earned a second place finish.
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The Blue Demons continue their outdoor season next weekend at the Drake Relays in