Track & Field makes strong conference showing, sets DePaul records

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Last weekend the DePaul Track and Field team competed in the Big East Conference Indoor Championship and came away with many broken personal, and even a few school records in both track and shot put.

Senior Tim Nedow, who entered with the top shot in the college shot put list this year, broke his own record collegiate record of 20.35 meters (66 feet and 9.25 inches) and threw for over 20.51 meters (67 feet) for the first time in his career.

He also won the Most Outstanding Field Performer award and first place in shot put at the meet. Sophomore Matt Babicz followed him up by placing second.

“He threw an Olympic grade throw,” said DePaul Track and Field head coach Dave Dopek,” he deserves that because it was a singularly great event.”

The record breaking didn’t end there; senior Alanna Kovacs also broke a DePaul Indoor women’s shot put record with a throw of 14.72 meters (48 feet and 3.72 inches), which gave her fourth place.

“I was really happy with how I competed,” Kovacs said. “I wish I had hit the 15 meter mark, but I hit personal records which means I am doing really well for being in the peak of the indoor season.

“I have a lot of indoor records, which is really exciting to see my name on the record board. It’s cool to think that I am in DePaul history and to be with some of the people at the top who have come out of DePaul is awesome.”

The track team completed a well competed meet with the men’s 4×800 and the women’s 4×400 meter relay’s both breaking school records. The men’s 4×800 team finished with a time of 7:38.24 and the women’s 4×400 team finished with a time of 3:48.41.

In total, the men’s team placed 11th while the women’s team placed 14th. Regardless of the outcome, DePaul put up a very impressive showing at the meet.

Kovacs said that the meet was a “positive event for everyone.”

“There were people who surely stepped up this meet. It was just a good weekend for the team.” Dopek said.

Since the indoor season is drawing to a close, with the national indoor championships being held on March 9 and 10, the team must also prepare for outdoor events as well. However, Dopek believes that won’t be any hindrance.

“We are more built for outdoor. We have some great javelin throwers and great relay teams. The strength we showed indoor will be magnified when we go outdoors.” Dopek said.

Kovacs also called this season “the best we have ever had as a team,” and that’s hard to argue with the way this meet went.