Blue Demons Conclude Competition at Drake Relays and Marquette Twilight
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The DePaul men’s and women’s track and field teams wrapped up this weekend’s action today at the Marquette Twilight and the Drake Relays. The sprint medley record fell at Drake, while Toni Salvatore and Matthew Graham set meet records at Marquette.
Idia Omogiate, Ivy Moffett, Lindsey Holden and Mary Cate Quiett got the day started at the Drake Relays with a record-setting run in the sprint medley relay. The quartet placed in the top 15 with a time of 3:57.37. The prior record was held by Stephanie Williams, LaShunta Sanders, Allyson Petersen and Claire Duck, who held the all-time best with a time of 3:59.83.
Action at the Drake Relays continued with Melissa Fraser and Brad Millar in the hammer throw. Fraser measured a throw of 49.47m, while Millar recorded a distance of 62.69m. Millar enters next weekend’s BIG EAST Conference as the No. 1 seed, boasting a season-best throw of 66.13m.
Joe Strawder tallied his second top-10 finish of the weekend, placing seventh in the triple jump behind a distance of 14.72m. The senior is set to compete in both the long and triple jumps at the league championships next weekend, having met BIG EAST standards in both during every appearance this season.
At the Marquette Twilight, Salvatore set a new meet record following a first-place finish in the 800m. The sophomore clocked a time of 2:16.33 in her winning effort. Kelly Pickering was the next to cross the finish line with a time of 2:21.02.
Graham, who also set a meet record, won the 3,000m steeplechase with a BIG EAST Championship qualifying time of 9:13.06.
Jim Theologes took home third-place honors in the hammer throw with career-best distance of 48.72m. On the women’s side, Virginia MacFabe posted a throw of 43.88m, while Katelyn MacFabe launched a throw of 39.63m.
Brittany Thomas collected two top-three finished today, placing second in the 200m, while finishing third in the 400m. The freshman clocked times of 27.19 and 1:04.73, respectively. Laura Wilson was the only Blue Demon student-athlete to finish ahead of her in the 400m, recording a time of 1:03.15 to place second overall.
Courtney Avvampato lowered her personal record in the 1,500m with a time of 4:57.62, while Greg Udzielak crossed the finish line at the 4:08.91 mark in the men’s race.
DePaul returns to action on April 30-May 2 for the 2010 BIG EAST Conference Championship, hosted by Cincinnati.