Track and Field to Participate in Penn Relays and Boilermaker Invite This Weekend
CHICAGO – For the second consecutive weekend, the DePaul Track and Field teams will split forces at the prestigious Penn Relays and Boilermaker Invitational. Head coach Gordon Thomson and four student-athletes will be in Philadelphia at the 109th Penn Relays while the remaining members of the track and field teams travel to West Lafayette, Ind. for the meet at Purdue.
The action kicks off at the Penn Relays on Thursday with Megan Greeley in the women’s javelin. She will be followed by Erin Moffett and Luis Samayoa in the 10,000-meter run. Former standout runner and current DePaul assistant coach Chris Birchall will also run in the men’s 10,000-meter run. Jarrod Jahnke wraps up the action for the Blue Demons with the hammer throw on Saturday.
In the Boilermaker Invitational, 26 members of the track and field team will compete against 10 other programs. Schools represented at the meet include Ball State, Illinois, Illinois-Chicago, Indiana, IPFW, Kent State, Marquette, Notre Dame and Valparaiso.
Recapping the Kansas Relays and Elmhurst Invitational
Members of the track and field teams represented DePaul at the Kansas Relays and Elmhurst Intercollegiate Invitational this weekend. Jarrod Jahnke and Larry Inanga notched the top individual showings at the Kansas Relays while the men’s 4x880-yard relay team won their event. In Elmhurst, Jeana LeRoy took second in the shot put while Rashard Deleston and Cornelius Sams were fourth in their events.
In Lawrence, Kan., the team of Kai Murray, Will Lazicki, Ben Cooke and Armando Aguirre combined to win the 4x880-yard relay with a time of 7:39.83.
Jahnke placed fifth in the hammer throw with a distance of 55.39 meters. His distance qualified him for the NCAA Mideast Regional at the end of May. Megan Greeley took seventh place in the women’s javelin throw while the women’s sprint medley relay team took fourth place. Greeley registered a season-best distance of 44.50 meters while Dee Moore, Kristil Nicholas, Diana Runnels and Leah Rygh totaled a time of 4:05.08.
Runnels and Larry Inanga reached the finals of the women’s and men’s 400-meter dash. Runnels notched the seventh-best preliminary time of 56.61, but didn’t place in the finals. Inanga ran a 47.85 in the prelims before finishing fifth in the final with a time of 48.32.
LeRoy was second in the shot put at the Elmhurst Invitational with a distance of 11.18 meters. She also finished eighth in the discus throw competition at 34.25 meters. After qualifying for the 110-meter hurdles, Sams ran a 15.49 to finish fourth in the finals. Deleston’s distance of 6.63 meters was good enough for fourth in the long jump while he also placed eighth in the 200-meter dash at 22.91.
Three members of the track and field squad have qualified for the NCAA Mideast Regional at the end of May. Megan Greeley, Jarrod Jahnke and Erin Moffett have all earned a spot to compete at the event at Ohio State University.
Greeley’s distance of 44.50 meters in the javelin at the Kansas Relays put her in the regional meet while Moffett qualified with a time of 10:33.05 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Lee Calhoun Invitational. At the Kansas Relays, Jahnke earned a spot with a distance of 55.39 meters in the hammer throw.