Discus and 800-Meter Records Fall at Drake Relays
DES MOINES, Iowa - The DePaul men's and women's track and field teams tallied five top-10 performances on day two of the 101st Annual Drake Relays. Mary Cate Quiett lowered her school record in the 800m for the second time this season, while Alanna Kovacs picked up her first school record in the discus.
Quiett, a junior hailing from Mishawaka, Ind., has made breaking records a routine this season. During the indoor campaign, she reset her own record in 1,000m during the first race of the season, lowered her 800m all-time best on three occasions, and added the 4x400m relay record to her resume.
In the first outdoor race of the season, Quiett, the 2010 BIG EAST 800m indoor champion, clocked a 2:06.87 to break her previous career-best mark of 2:08.24.
Quiett proved once again today that she is a force to be reckoned with as she shaved another tenth of a second off of her record time. The junior was edged by Sara Stoakes of Kansas State to place second overall with a time of 2:06.77. Her latest performance is the fastest she has ever run the half mile, either indoors or outdoors.
In the women's discus Kovacs bettered her PR by more than a meter to set her first DePaul record. Her throw of 47.58m bested Montia Garder's eight-year mark of 47.06m. Kovacs, who placed seventh in the discus at the BIG EAST Championships a year ago, goes into next week's league meet ranked in the top five.
Nationally-ranked javelin throwers Melissa Fraser and Kovacs claimed spots in the top-1o today, placing second and sixth, respectively. Fraser launched a throw of 46.66m, while Kovacs logged a performance of 42.60m.
The duo enter next weekend's BIG EAST Championship as the No.1 and No. 2 seeds, Fraser leads with her season-best throw of 49.36m, but Kovacs is right at her heals, touting a distance of 49.32m. In addition, the pair is posed to compete at the NCAA National First Round on May 28-29, as both are ranked in the top-15.
Joe Strawder placed fourth in the long jump following a leap of 7.22m. The senior, who broke the DePaul triple jump record last time out, is likely to be seeded in the top-five for both horizontal jumps at the league championship next weekend. Strawder continues action at the Drake Relays tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. (CST) for the triple jump competition.
Tim Nedow eclipsed the 17-meter plateau for the second time season, and finished fifth behind a shot put of 17.08m. Earlier this season the sophomore let loose a shot put of 17.67m, the third-best amongst BIG EAST opponents.
Idia Omogiate, Ivy Moffett, Brittany Lewis, and Lindsey Holden all teamed up for both the 4x100m and the 4x200m relays. They opened the day with the former, recording a time of 48.38, and closed the day with a 4x200m time of 1:41.65 to match a season best.
The men's 4x400m relay team wrapped up day two's events, as Gilbert Lifton, Tonderai Tomu, Max Clink and Edin Pasalic combined for a season-best time of 3:19.48 to place 19th overall.
The Blue Demons return to action tomorrow at both the Drake Relays and Marquette Twilight. Full recaps and results will be available at www.DePaulBlueDemons.com.