Three Blue Demons Ready for NCAA West Prelims
May 22, 2018

NCAA West Preliminary: Live Results | Meet Information

CHICAGO - A trio of track and field athletes will represent DePaul this weekend at the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Championships. Alexia Brooks, Jade Gates and Brian Mada qualified for the west preliminary in Sacramento, Calif., with the top 12 in each event advancing the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Gates opens the action for DePaul on Thursday afternoon in the women's javelin throw. The freshman is one of 48 competitors to qualify with 12 slots on the line to reach the NCAA Championships in June. Gates qualified with a season-best distance of 47.43 meters that she set at the Illinois Twilight. Two weekends ago, she earned the BIG EAST Championship Outstanding Field Performer honor after winning the hammer throw and finishing second in the javelin at the conference meet.

Brooks qualified in the women's 100-meter hurdles and will compete in the first round on Friday at 5 p.m. PT. The 48 competitors will be in six heats with the top three from each first-round heat plus the next six fastest times advancing to Saturday's quarterfinals. The top three from each quarterfinal plus the next three top times move on the Eugene for the NCAA semifinals and finals. The junior qualified for the NCAA meet with a school-record time of 13.46 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational. She won the event at the BIG EAST Championships in a time of 13.50 and was a member of the gold-medal winning team in the 4x100-meter relay.



Mada, a school-record holder in the triple jump, will have to wait until Saturday evening to compete in his event. The top 12 of the 48 competitors in the triple jump advance to the NCAA Championship meet. Mada opened the outdoor season with a record jump of 15.69 meters at the UNF Spring Break Invitational. The junior turned in an impressive performance at the BIG EAST Championships by winning his third straight triple jump with a mark of 15.38 meters.

Sacramento State is the host institution and the meet will take place at Hornet Stadium starting Thursday and running through Saturday. All of the athletes advancing to the NCAA Championships will compete June 6-9 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Record Book Update: Brian Mada and Emily Eller opened the outdoor season with record-breaking performances at the UNF Spring Break Invitational. Eller set a new school record in the shot put with a distance of 14.43 meters to break her own previous school best. Mada's triple jump of 15.69 meters broke the previous mark of 15.26 meters set by Joe Strawder in 2010.

Alexia Brooks broke her own school record in the 100-meter hurdles at the Lenny Lyles/Clark Wood Invitational at Louisville. Brooks set a new mark in the morning preliminary heat with a time of 13.66 before bettering that mark with a time of 13.46 in the finals. She set the original record in 2016 with a time of 13.94 seconds.

At the NIU Huskie Classic, Eller and Gabrielle Howard closed out the regular season with record-breaking performances to lead the Blue Demons. Eller broke her own school record in the shot put for the second time this season with a mark of 15.04m to best her previous record of 14.66m. Howard shattered an 18-year old record in the triple jump with a personal best distance of 12.07 meters. That mark did not last long as Howard posted a jump of 12.09 meters at the BIG EAST Championships.

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