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Duke Wins Relay Wheel
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/30/2011
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Philadelphia, Pa.- Duke’s goal to bring back its second ever Penn Relay’s Carnival Wheel was successful as the women’s 4x800m team crossed the finish line at the packed Franklin Field in first place. 

The team of Esther Vermeer, Devotia Moore, Cydney Ross and Kate Van Buskirk, finished in a time of 8:25.95, breaking the school record by 7 seconds and capturing the coveted Penn Relay’s title. Moore posted the fastest split with a time 2:04.62 with Van Buskirk finishing strong for the Blue Devils in 2:05.70. The four also set a school record in the women’s DMR Thursday with a time of 11:02.01 and taking fourth at the meet. 

Also winning their event at the same distance was the men’s team. Their time of 7:25.20 set a new school record and won the college division of the men’s 4x800. Sophomore Curtis Beach anchored his teammates Sean-Pat Oswald, Stephen Clark and Cory Nanni with the fastest time of 1:48.08. Beach also anchored the sprint medley team, alongside Marcus Wright, Ben Raskin and Matt Pridemore, to a time of 3:24.06 and fifth place finish.

Other highlights include freshman Erica Brand setting a new personal record in the discus throw with a toss of 159’6” and ACC champion Andrea Hopkins took second in the javelin throw with her throw of 153’.  On the men’s side in the throws, John Austin and Austin Gamble new school records in their respective events. Austin sent the javelin flying 233’11” to a second place finish in the championship section and Gamble took fourth in the discus with an 181’5” effort. Michael Barbas finished in fourth with a throw of 55'2.75" in the men's shot put. Freshman Michael Krone tied the outdoor school record and finished third in the college men's high jump with a leap of 6'11.5".

Many Duke student-athletes will rest up this week and focus on their studies before making a last push to chase after qualifying marks for the IC4A championships and NCAA first round at the Duke Twilight.