DURHAM, N.C. – On the final day of the Duke Invitational, the Blue Devils sweep the 800 meters, the shot put and the pole vault April 6 in Durham, N.C. Senior Cydney Ross and freshman Michal Filipczak were both able to outkick the field in the 800m race while Stephen Boals and Michelle Anumba earned the top finishes of the day in the shot put. To finish the day with success, freshman Megan Clark and sophomore Ian Rock earned first plae in the pole vault.
“I think this meet gives us great momentum heading into the ACC Championships,” commented Duke Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilivie. “The team showed really nice balance between all event areas including the sprints, distance, middle distance and throws events. We also earned probably a half dozen regional qualifying marks which is pretty great.”
In the women’s 800m, Ross led for the duration of the race and was able to hold off Lianne Farber’s (UNC) surge in the homestretch for the victory. Freshman Anima Banks finished third in the event crossing the line in 2:08.15 while sophomore Abby Farley finished in ninth place with a time of 2:11.06.
In the men’s race, Filipczak came from behind in the final two hundred meters and broke 1:50 for the first time in his career by crossing the line in 1:49.74. The time was good enough to place him fifth on Duke’s all-time list. Sophomore Kyle Moran also ran a personal record finishing in 1:52.67, finishing in eighth place.
Later in the afternoon, the women’s 4x100m relay team, consisting of senior LaCresha Styles and sophomores Lauren Hansson, Baily Murphy and Elizabeth Kerpon broke their own school record set two weeks ago by finishing third overall in 45.97.
Kerpon and Hansson also both set new personal records and finished second and third on Duke’s all-time list in the women’s 200m. Kerpon finished eighth overall with a time of 24.22 while Hansson crossed the line in 12th place with a time of 24.75. Sophomore Alexis Roper also competed in the event finishing in 19th place overall.
Duke saw four personal records fall in the men’s and women’s 3,000m steeplechase. Sophomore Shaun Thompson won the men’s division with a personal best time of 8:58.04. The Baldwinsville, N.Y., native already held third place on Duke’s all-time list but improved his mark in that position with this race. Junior Dominick Robinson finished second in the event, crossing the line in 9:01.00 to place him fifth on Duke’s all-time list. Junior Christian Britto also set a personal record by clocking a time of 9:22.41 to finish eighth overall.
In the women’s 3,000m steeplechase, Senior Esther Vermeer set a new personal record edging out the competition to finish second in 10:30.37. The time also placed her fifth on Duke’s all-time list in the event.
Junior Hannah Goranson advanced to the women’s 100m hurdles where she finished third with a season-best time of 14.21.
In the final event on the track, Duke claimed the top finish of the men’s 4x800m relay with a time of 7:37.58. The team consisted of Filipczak, Moran, and sophomores Henry Farley and Nate McClafferty.
In the throws, the Blue Devils swept the shot put with Boals winning the men’s division and Anumba capturing the women’s title. Anumba earned her best mark of 2013 on her first attempt with a mark of 54-11.50 (16.75), outdistancing second place by a full meter.
Boals earned his longest throw of 54-11.80 (16.75) on his sixth and final attempt to win the men’s shot put. He also set a huge personal record in the men’s discus to finish third with a throw of 170-10 (52.08). Senior Austin Gamble placed second in the event with a mark of 181-02 (55.23).
In the pole vault, Clark and sophomore Rock swept the event to conclude the day. Clark clearing 13-1.5 (4.00) to claim the top women’s spot while teammate Emily Mattoon cleared 12-7.5 (3.85) to finish second. Rock captured the top men’s spot, clearing 15-7 (4.75) while junior Justin Amezquita took second with a clearance of 15-1 (4.60).
“It was also a great event for our program and a great showcase of our team at home and in front of our alums who have made it a tradition to come back every year. It makes the event have a great family atmosphere. It was also really fun to see three different classes battle it out in the men’s 4x400.”
In total, the Blue Devils collected twelve first place finishes on the weekend, the highest in program history.
Duke will stay close to home next weekend, competing at the Joe Hilton Invitational Saturday, April 13 in Chapel Hill, N.C. More information will be available at www.GoDuke.com.