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Blue Demons Open Indoor Track Season on Friday
Tonderai Tomu leads the DePaul track and field team into the Blue & Gold Invitational Friday at Notre Dame.

Tonderai Tomu leads the DePaul track and field team into the Blue & Gold Invitational Friday at Notre Dame.

Dec. 6, 2012

CHICAGO – It’s time for the DePaul track and field team to get out there and compete for real.

The Blue Demons open their indoor track season at 4 p.m. Friday at the Blue & Gold Invitational hosted by Notre Dame. Also competing at the Loftus Sports Center will be Marquette, Detroit and Bethel College.

The field events get underway at 4 p.m. with the high jump, pole vault and long jump. Track events begin at 5 p.m. with the 60-meter hurdles.

“You don’t know what to expect with the first meet of the indoor season,” said DePaul track and field coach Dave Dopek. “Team points are not being kept.

“In other sports like soccer, basketball, softball--- getting that first win in the season opener means a lot. There are no wins and losses at our first meet.

“It’s a chance to see what we’re made of and to perform. This will give our athletes a taste of competition and leave them with something to be hungry for when they come back in January.”

After this sneak preview of the upcoming season, the track athletes don’t compete again until the Jan. 12th Badger Classic at Madison, Wis.

“If we do better than expected, it will put pressure on us to maintain that excellence over the Christmas break and continue on that track in January,” Dopek said. “I’m looking for good performances from Tonderai Tomu, Mac Melto, Loreal Curtis, Lindsey Holden and Jazmyne Durrah.”


 

 

Dopek realizes it has been quite a while since most of his athletes have competed in a meet.

“We need to get out there and face some competition,” he said. “With the exception of the student-athletes who ran cross country, everyone else has not performed since May or June.

“We’ve been working on lots of things during the fall like being better teammates and being a self-motivated team. This is an opportunity before all the distractions of the Christmas holiday to focus on track and see how far we’ve come. It’s the stepping-stone we need to maintain our focus and push forward.

“This is early in our season and there is still so much training yet to do. Right now, let’s get out there and compete.

“We’re ready to go.”