WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Duke redshirt senior Cydney Ross broke a facility record and earned a slot on Duke’s all-time in list with a time of 2:49.00 in the 1,000 meters on Saturday, December 1, at the JDL Fast Track College Kick-Off. Ross led the Blue Devils who picked up five first place finishes on the day.
“Cydney ran a great race,” Duke director of track and field Norm Ogilvie commented. “Her time on a flat track in December is really good and makes us excited about her future.”
The current graduate student led a pack of four Duke runners, including two who were competing unattached, in the win, including junior Breanna Welch who finished fourth in a time of 2:56.46.
Other top finishes on the day came from junior Justin Amezquita and sophomore Stephanie Skove in the pole vault, sophomore Elizabeth Kerpon in the 300 meter dash and the men’s 4x800 meter relay team which included Henry Farley, Dylan Newman, Kyle Moran and Nyall Islam.
Amezquita cleared 15-11 (4.85) in the pole vault for the victory while Skove cleared 11-11.75 (3.65). Senior Emily Mattoon also cleared the same height as Skove but missed more of her attempts and finished in second place on the day.
In the 300 meter dash, Kerpon crossed the line in 39.66 and was closely followed by fellow Blue Devil Lauren Hansson who finished third in 40.22.
The men’s 4x800 meter relay team earned a facility record with a time of 7:52.54. The quartet dominated the race, lapping the second place team.
Some freshman highlights included high jumper Carl Heinz, who cleared 6-8 (2.03) to finish third in his first collegiate competition, and multievent athlete Robert Rohner performed well in his first competition as Blue Devil, earning solid marks in the shot put, long jump and 60 meter dash.
This meet is the only competition slated for the track and field team during the fall semester and allowed both the coaches and athletes to assess where they are in their training.
“We were just trying to see where people are in their training and give opportunity for kids to compete before Christmas. Overall, it was a really good day for Duke on both the men’s and women’s side. ”