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Freshmen Lead Blue Devils At Penn Relays
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/26/2008
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Redshirt freshman John Austin
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Duke Track and Field team finished competition today in the historic Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Three freshmen, one sophomore and two relay teams paved the way for Duke. Results are available at

Women’s: On Thursday afternoon, freshman Amy Matulewicz threw a personal-best 147’-3” in the javelin. That qualified her for the NCAA Regionals for the first time this season and placed her second all-time at Duke. Matulewicz’s distance won the college javelin throw, earning her a prestigious Penn Relays Championship.

The 4x800m relay quad of freshman Devotia Moore, sophomore Emily Sherrard, sophomore Katie Doswell and junior Molly Lehman just missed out on another Penn Relays Championship for Duke when they place second. Their time of 8:53.68 earned the quartet a bid to the ECAC’s, the first such achievement for the Blue Devils in the 4x800m this year.

Men’s: Freshman Ryan McDermott placed 10th in the 3,000m steeplechase on Thursday night in Philadelphia with a time of 9:03.24. That mark earned him the fourth-fastest steeplechase run in school history and qualified him for the NCAA Regionals for the first time in his college career. McDermott was the high school national champion in the 2,000 and 3,000 meter steeplechases last year.

On Friday afternoon, senior Matt Danforth, sophomore Sam Bowler, sophomore Mario Moreno and senior Peter Lewellen ran in the college 4x400m relay. The group took 41st place with a clocking of 3:16.47. That qualified them for the IC4A’s for the second time this year.

Sophomore Mike Schallmo threw the discus 158’-10” on Friday afternoon at the Penn Relays. That distance was good for eighth place and qualified Schallmo for the IC4A’s for the fourth time this season.

The last event for the Duke men was redshirt freshman John Austin in the javelin. Austin hit 219’-0,” earning third place and his third-best mark of the season. He qualified for the NCAA Regionals and IC4A’s for fifth time in as many tries.

A Look Ahead: After the Penn Relays, the Duke Track & Field team will host its second of two meets this outdoor season when the Duke Twilight comes to Wallace Wade Stadium on Sunday, May, 4.