Eight Top-Ten Finishes Highlight Day One of the BIG EAST Conference Championships
VILLANOVA, Pa. Alanna Kovacs and Joe Strawder both tallied points for DePaul today during the BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Kovacs had top-eight finishes in both the discus and javelin throws, while Strawder picked up seventh-place honors in the long jump.
Kovacs, in just her second javelin throw attempt of the season, landed in fourth place with a distance of 44.61m. The performance not only surpassed the NCAA Regional qualifying standard, but gave the Blue Demons five points in the team total. She gave the squad an additional two points after placing seventh in the discus behind a throw of 43.98m.
Strawder recorded two points for the men’s team, after placing seventh in the long jump with a distance of 7.12m. Tomorrow, the junior resumes competition when he takes on the triple jump; an event in which he has already posted NCAA Regional qualifying marks.
Mary Cate Quiett cruised through the prelims of the 800m, placing sixth with an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 2:09.19. She races in the finals tomorrow at 11:25 a.m. (CST) Rob Morgan finished the men’s 800m in a time of 1:54.50. While the time is a new personal record for Morgan, he was unable to qualify for the finals.
Stephanie Williams posted season-best numbers in both the 100m and 200m. She crossed the finish line in the 100m at the 12.00 mark for 13th place. Williams shined in the 200m, missing her school record time by just one one-hundreth of a second. Her time of 24.01 placed her in the top-eight to qualify for tomorrow’s final.
Gabe Harris earned his spot in the tomorrow’s 400m final, after placing seventh today with a time of 48.46. In addition, Harris clocked a time of 22.32 in the 200m.
Erik Felt nabbed the final qualifying position in the 400m hurdles with an eighth place time of 53.02. Patrick Smith finished just behind him in ninth with a time of 53.18. In the women’s 400m hurdles, Kelcie Daniels crossed the line at 1:03.84 to finish in 17th place overall.
3,000m steeplechase runners Terah Cheatham and Matthew Graham both lowered their personal-records in the event by more than 10 seconds. Cheatham placed 17th with a time of 11:13.90, while Graham clocked a 9:13.95 to finish in 13th.
Jim Theologes and Ebonie Cobb represented DePaul in the shot put. Theologes recorded a distance of 14.89m and Cobb threw a season-best 12.08m.
After eight events scored, the women sit in 14th place while the men finish the day in 11th. Louisville tops both the men’s and women’s standings with 104 and 70 points, respectively.
Tomorrow’s action gets underway at 9 a.m. Full coverage can be followed at the BIG EAST Championship Central. Recaps and results will be available at www.depaulbluedemons.com shortly after the conclusion of the meet.