BLACKSBURG, Va. - Junior Michelle Anumba dominated the women's hammer throw field at the Virginia Tech Challenge Friday, Feb. 15, with a winning throw of 57-9.75 (17.62). The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native earned her best mark on her second throw of the night but her two other fair marks traveled farther than the rest of the field, solidifying her top position.
Junior Hannah Goranson also had a successful day finishing third in the 60 meter hurdle finals with a personal best time and new school record of 8.58. The Los Altos, Calif., native finished first in the preliminary round earlier in the evening with a time of 8.63, giving her a qualifying spot for finals. Multi-event athletes Miray Seward and Baily Murphy also competed in the event finishing tenth and 19th respectively.
"Hannah is a great hurdler and has been working a lot on her speed this season," said Associate Head Coach Shawn Wilbourn. "She is starting to combine speed with technique and seeing results. Her goal is to make the finals next week in a very deep field. Also we will probably rely on her to step into the 4x400 as well."
Earlier in the evening, Murphy led a large group of Blue Devil's in the long jump with a fourth place finish, jumping a personal record distance of 17-9.75 (5.43). Junior Destiny Roseman finished ninth with a mark of 17-3.50 (5.27) while juniors Seward and Courtney Kedra finished in 11th and 20th place in the event.
On the men's side, sophomore Ian Rock finished first in the men's pole vault clearing a personal best 16-00.75 (4.90). He was joined by freshman Robert Rohner who cleared 11-1.75 (3.40) to finish tenth overall.
Prior to the pole vault, multi-event athletes Rock and Rohner also competed in the long jump finishing in 11th and 12th place overall. Both men earned season-bests in the event with Rock's best leap measuring at 21-11.50 (6.69) and Rohner earning a mark of 21-8.00 (6.60).
On the track, senior Mike Moverman ran a personal best time in the mile run, crossing the line in 4:09.11 to finish eighth place and later in the evening senior Megan Deakins ran her first indoor race of her collegiate career, finishing fourth in the 3,000m with a time of 9:51.12.
The competition continues tomorrow, Feb. 16, in Blacksburg, Va. At the same time, a small group of Blue Devils will also compete in the Millrose games in New York, N.Y. A full recap will be available at the end of the competition on www.GoDuke.com.