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NCAA West Preliminary
Matthew Graham will compete in the 3,000m steeplechase at the NCAA West Preliminary in Eugene, Ore.

Matthew Graham will compete in the 3,000m steeplechase at the NCAA West Preliminary in Eugene, Ore.

May 25, 2011

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CHICAGO- The DePaul track and field team is sending five DePaul-Record holders to the NCAA West Preliminary in Eugene, Ore. The five student athletes will compete in six events and include, Melissa Fraser, Alanna Kovacs, Mary Cate Quiett, Matthew Graham and Tim Nedow.

The NCAA West Preliminary will have the top-48 athletes in each event, in the west region, competing for a chance to move forward to the NCAA Championships. To advance, the student-athlete must finish in the top 12.

Competition gets underway for the Blue Demons, on Thursday, at 12 p.m. when Fraser and Kovacs compete in the women’s javelin.

Matthew Graham
3,000m Steeplechase
Personal-Best Time: 8:51.48 – DePaul Record
Season-Best Time: 9:00.20
Graham competes in the 3,000m Steeplechase at the NCAA West Preliminary in Eugene, Ore. Graham is the DePaul Record holder in the event. At the 2011 BIG EAST Championships he ran the 3,000m steeplechase in 9:09.57 and placed eighth. Graham competed in the 3,000m steeplechase at last year NCAA West Preliminary and finished in 20th with a time of 9:00.78.

Mary Cate Quiett
800m Run
Personal-Best Time: 2:05.92 –DePaul Record
Season-Best Time: 2:07.08
Quiett competes in the 800m run at the NCAA West Preliminary in Eugene, Ore. Quiett, a DePaul Record holder in the 800m run, has qualified for the NCAA Regionals during every season of her collegiate career. At the 2011 BIG EAST Championships she finished in third place with a time of 2:07.08. Last year at the NCAA Preliminary Quiett ran the 800m run in a time of 2:08.2 to finish in 20th.

Tim Nedow
Shot Put
Personal-Best Time: 18.84m
Season-Best Time: 18.84m
Discus
Personal-Best Time: 55.46m- DePaul Record
Season-Best Time: 55.46m
Nedow competes in the shot put and the discus at the NCAA West Preliminary in Eugene, Ore. Nedow is the BIG EAST Champion in both the indoor and outdoor shot put and currently holds the DePaul indoor shot put record with a distance of 19.18m. Last year at the NCAA Preliminary he placed 35th in the discus with a throw of 48.51m and threw a distance of 17.90m in the shot put to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Melissa Fraser
Javelin
Personal-Best Time: 51.95m
Season-Best Time: 51.95m
Hammer
Personal-Best Time: 56.82m- DePaul Record
Season-Best Time: 56.82m
Fraser competes in the javelin and the hammer throw at the NCAA West Preliminary in Eugene, Ore. At the 2011 BIG EAST Conference Championships, Fraser finished in second in the hammer throw and for the third time in her career, she finished in first in the javelin. She has also competed at the NCAA Regionals during every season of her collegiate career. Last year at the NCAA Preliminary she placed 48th in the hammer throw with a distance of 49.35m and placed 32 in the javelin with a throw of 42.82m.

Alanna Kovacs
Javelin
Personal-Best Time: 54.88m- DePaul Record
Season-Best Time: 54.88m
Kovacs competes in the javelin at the NCAA West Preliminary in Eugene, Ore. Kovacs is currently ranked second in the country in the javelin with a toss of 54.88m, the toss came at the DePaul Division I Invitational and is a DePaul Record. She has also competed at the NCAA Regionals during every season of her collegiate career. Last year at the NCAA Preliminary she placed eighth in the javelin with a toss of 50.09m and advanced to the NCAA Championships.