Larry Inanga, Jarrod Jahnke and Erin Moffett will represent DePaul this weekend in the NCAA Mid-East Regional. The two-day meet takes place on Friday and Saturday at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
NCAA Mid-East Region Information
CHICAGO - Three members of the DePaul track and field team head south for the NCAA Mid-East Regional at Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. Erin Moffett will compete for the women’s team while Larry Inanga and Jarrod Jahnke represent the men’s squad. All three student-athletes are making their second consecutive appearances after competing in Columbus, Ohio, a year ago.
Two of the three Blue Demons compete on Friday while Moffett runs the steeplechase on Saturday evening. Jahnke starts the action on Friday afternoon in the men’s hammer. Should Inanga qualify for the finals, he will run on Saturday as well. The top five finishers in each event move on to the NCAA Championships.
2004 NCAA Mid-East Regional Championships
Larry Inanga (400m dash)
Prelims: Friday - 5:45 p.m.
Finals: Saturday - 5:52 p.m.
Jarrod Jahnke (hammer throw)
Friday - 3 p.m. (trials and finals)
Erin Moffett (3000m steeplechase)
Finals: Saturday - 7 p.m.
Recapping the Conference USA Championships
The DePaul men’s track and field team finished 11th at the annual C-USA meet in Louisville, Ky. Jarrod Jahnke kept DePaul’s reign in the hammer throw in tact by defending his 2003 title with a winning distance of 59.59 meters. For the last five years, a DePaul thrower has won the hammer throw competition at the C-USA Championships. Former All-American and current assistant coach Carey Ryan won the event in 2000, 2001 and 2002 followed by Jahnke in 2003 and 2004. Larry Inanga took seventh place in the 400-meter dash with a finals time of 48.22.
The DePaul women’s track and field team finished in 12th place in the team standings. Erin Moffett and Leah Rygh claimed individual titles in the 3000-meter steeplechase and 1500 meters, respectively.
Running through a downpour, Moffett won the steeplechase with a time of 10:48.95. Rygh was victorious in the 1500 meters with a school record-time of 4:27.53. She broke her own school record set at last year's C-USA Championship.
Updating the Recordbook
On seven occasions this season, the DePaul women’s outdoor track and field recordbook needed an update. A total of three relay records fell while Erin Moffett claimed three new marks in two events.
Moffett broke a pair of DePaul outdoor records this season. She set new marks in the 3000 meters and 3000-meter steeplechase events. In the 3000 meters, she posted a record-time of 9:56.72 at the Notre Dame Spring Opener and set a new record in the steeplechase of 10:29.22 at the Penn Relays. Her record time at the Penn Relays broke her then-record mark of 10:31.92 set at the start of the outdoor season at the Raleigh Relays.
At the C-USA Championships, two school records were set by the Blue Demons. Leah Rygh broke her own school record in the 1500-meter run with a new time of 4:27.53 while the 4x100-meter relay team of Dee Moore, Marissa Petersen, Mary Hodges and Diana Runnels set a new school record of 47.42.
Two other relay records fell in 2004 in the 4x200-meter and sprint medley relays. Moore, Petersen, Hodges and Runnels also teamed up to set a new record in the 4x200-meter relay at the Drake Relays in 1:40.66. At the Raleigh Relays, the team of Dee Moore, Marissa Petersen, Diana Runnels and Leah Rygh set a new school record in the sprint medley relay with a time of 4:00.07.
3000m steeplechase - Sr. - Lake Zurich, Ill.
2004: Set new school records in the 3000 meters and 3000-meter steeplechase (twice)... posted qualifying times for the steeplechase at the Raleigh Relays, Penn Relays and Conference USA Championships... won the event at the C-USA Championships, placed second at the Raleigh Relays and finished seventh at the Penn Relays... second in the 3000 meters at the Notre Dame Spring Opener en route to a school record... placed third in the 5000 meters at the C-USA Championships... third in the 1500-meter run at the Chicagoland Championships... finished 11th in the 10,000 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays.
Moffett in 2004
4/10 - Chicagoland Championships - 4:44.92
4/3 - Notre Dame Spring Opener - 9:56.72
5/15 - Conference USA Championships - 17:21.07
3/27 - Raleigh Relays - 10:31.92
4/22 - Penn Relays - 10:29.22
5/14 - Conference USA Championships - 10:48.95
4/16 - Mt. SAC Relays - 34:39.25
Enoete “Larry” Inanga
400m dash - Sr. - Oyo, Nigeria
2004: Qualified for the Mid-East Regional at the Raleigh Relays to open the outdoor season... competed in the 200 and 400-meter events... placed seventh in the 400 at the Conference USA Championships... won the event at the Chicagoland Championships... finished fourth out of 168 competitors in the season-opening meet at the Raleigh Relays... took eight place at the Mt. SAC Relays... won the 200-meter dash at the Notre Dame Spring Opener and placed second at the Butler Twilight.
Inanga in 2004
4/3 - Notre Dame Spring Opener - 21.59
5/1 - Butler Twilight - 21.34
3/26 - Raleigh Relays - 47.23
4/10 - Chicagoland Championships - 47.71
4/17 - Mt. SAC Relays - 47.56
5/14 - Conference USA Championships (prelims) - 48.08
5/15 - Conference USA Championships (finals) - 48.22
hammer throw - Sr. - Lisle, Ill.
2004: Won the hammer throw championship at the Conference USA meet for the second straight year... a DePaul thrower has won the hammer competition for last five years at the league outdoor championships (Carey Ryan - 2000, ‘01, ‘02; Jahnke - 2003, ‘04)... won the hammer throw at the Chicagoland Championships and Notre Dame Spring Opener... placed second at the Butler Twilight, fourth at the Mt. SAC Relays and seventh at the Raleigh Relays... also competed in the shot put and discus throw... took fourth in the discus and seventh in the shot put at the Chicagoland Championships... placed 11th in the discus and 15th in the shot put at the C-USA Championships... 12th in both events at the Butler Twilight... won the weight throw competition at the C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Houston, Texas.
Jahnke in 2004
4/9 - Chicagoland Championships - 14.59m/47’10.5”
4/30 - Butler Twilight - 13.87m/45’6.25”
5/14 - Conference USA Championships - 14.71m/48’3.25”
4/10 - Chicagoland Championships - 44.78m/146’11”
5/1 - Butler Twilight - 42.84m/140’7”
5/15 - Conference USA Championships - 40.74m/133’8”
3/27 - Raleigh Relays - 56.25m/184’6”
4/3 - Notre Dame Spring Opener - 58.03m/190’4”
4/9 - Chicagoland Championships - 55.48m/182’
4/16 - Mt. SAC Relays - 56.18m/184’4”
5/1 - Butler Twilight - 55.98m/183’8”
5/13 - Conference USA Championships - 59.49m/195’2”