DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke track and field teams wrapped up day two of the Duke Invitational Saturday evening at Wallace Wade Stadium. The meet, featuring over 1,500 athletes was the Blue Devils' first home meet of the year.
Michael Barbas began the day with a fourth-place finish in the shot put. Barbas recorded a personal best in the event with a throw of 16.67m (54-8.25), which was also an IC4A qualifying performance.
Continuing in the field events, Austin Gamble made his Blue Devil track debut, competing in both the shot put and the discus. Gamble came in 18th in the shot put with a throw of 13.18m (43-3), but set a new Duke school record in the discus with a throw of 53.45m (175-4) to take second. In addition to meeting the IC4A standard, his performance currently ranks 28th in the nation.
Three Blue Devils finished in the top 10 in the 800-meters, led by Indoor All-ACC performer Sean-Pat Oswald. Oswald ran a personal-best 1:50.62 to grab third. In fifth place, Cory Nanni clocked 1:50.90, followed by Chris Rowland in sixth with a time of 1:51.24. All three marks met the IC4A standard, while Matt Marriott recorded a personal best in the event with a 1:55.27 clocking.
Ryan McDermott began the defense of his 2009 ACC title in the 3,000m steeplechase with a second-place effort at Duke's home meet. McDermott place second with an IC4A qualifying 8:57.48.
The Duke men closed out the Invitational with the 4x800m relay, taking first place in an IC4A qualifying 7:34.45.
On the women's side, Duke placed six runners in the top 15 in the women's 800-meters. Devotia Moore claimed the top spot with a personal-best 2:06.34 clocking. Cydney Ross came in fifth in 2:08.73 and Esther Vermeer and Kate Van Buskirk ran to eight and ninth-place finishes, respectively. All four of Duke's top finishers met the ECAC qualifying standard. Emily Shearrard came in 12th with a personal-best 2:11.58 and Virginia Hine rounded out the Devils' runners in the top-15 with a 2:12.08 performance.
The Blue Devil women finished out the meet with a fifth-place showing in the 4x400m relay in a ECAC qualifying 3:50.92.
Next up, Duke heads to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the Tar Heel Classic on April 10 in preparation for the ACC Championships in Clemson, S.C., April 15-17.