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Brad Millar Advances to NCAA Championship

AUSTIN, Texas – The Blue Demons made history once again during this phenomenal run at the 2010 NCAA Championship West Preliminary,  as Brad Millar became the third member of the DePaul men’s and women’s track and field team to advance to the Championships on June 9-12.

Millar joins Alanna Kovacs and Tim Nedow as the third Blue Demon to qualify for the NCAA Championships this season.  Prior to today, no more than two DePaul student-athletes have made it to the finals.

Millar is set to make his second-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships after placing ninth in the hammer throw.  His final and best attempt measured 63.73m.  Last season as a junior, he placed fourth in the NCAA Mideast Region to earn the automatic bid.

Matthew Graham made a heroic effort in the 3,000m steeplechase, jumping out to the front of the pack in the opening laps.  Despite the harsh temperatures, Graham remained with the lead pack the entire race.  He finished eighth in his heat behind a time of 9:00.78.  He will not advance to the championship. 

Mary Cate Quiett’s fairytale season came to an end today, after finishing 20th in the 800m with a time of 2:08.20.  Yesterday, in the opening round, the junior lowered her DePaul record in the event to 2:05.92.  Not only was it the first occasion she eclipsed the 2:06 mark, it was the second-fastest time posted in the 800m at the West Preliminary that day.

Kovacs, who advanced to the NCAA Championships in the javelin during yesterday’s action, came into the discus throw with a season-best distance of 48.42m.  The sophomore, who was seeded at No. 44, fouled on all three attempts.

Tomorrow’s lineup includes Nedow in the discus at noon (CST), Melissa Fraser throwing the hammer at 3 p.m., and Joe Strawder in the triple jump at 6 p.m.

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