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Blue Demons Headed to National Catholic Championships
Eddie McDaniel hopes to follow up his win last week with a strong performance in Friday's National Catholic Championships.

Eddie McDaniel hopes to follow up his win last week with a strong performance in Friday's National Catholic Championships.

Sept. 13, 2012

CHICAGO – Reigning BIG EAST Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week Eddie McDaniel leads DePaul into the 33rd Annual National Catholic Championships Friday at the Notre Dame Cross Country Course.

McDaniel is coming off his first victory of the season at last week’s NIU Open in DeKalb.

Blue Demon assistant cross country coaches Leah Bohr and Andrew Craycraft are hoping for another strong performance from McDaniel and continued pack running from teammates Herald Alvarez, Max Clink, Andrew Diehn, Zak Koronkiewicz and Chris Miedema.

All five of them finished in the top 20 at the NIU Open.

On the women’s side, DePaul will feature Jacqueline Kasal who was the top Blue Demon finisher in DeKalb.

The women’s 5K race will start at 4:15 p.m. followed by the men’s 8K race at 5 p.m.

Heading the men’s 33-team field is the host Fighting Irish who are ranked No. 25 in the nation by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Other top contenders are expected to be Duquesne, which is ranked No. 7 in the USTFCCCA Mid-Atlantic Region and Marquette, ranked No. 9 in the Great Lakes Region.

The team to beat in the women’s 37-team field is Notre Dame, ranked No. 21 in the nation. Duquesne is No. 10 in the Mid-Atlantic Region and Xavier No. 14 in the Great Lakes Region.

Former DePaul standout Matthew Graham won the men’s race last year while the Fighting Irish claimed the team titles in the men’s and women’s divisions.