CLEMSON, S.C. – The Duke track and field team set several personal- and season-bests on Friday at the first day of the Clemson Invitational.
Duke’s pole vault squad continued its strong start to the season. Madison Heath led the way with a second-place finish, clearing 13-10 (4.22). Laura Marty finished just behind her in third-place after also clearing the same height. It is a personal-best for Marty and she joins Heath in qualifying for the ACC Indoor Championships in February. Also in the top-ten was freshman Rivka Arbiv and junior Nati Sheppard, both of whom cleared 12-8.25 (3.87) to finish in a tie for seventh.
“We’re not back on our full approach and are gradually working on getting back there so it’s exciting to see them jump so high from the short distance,” said associate head coach Shawn Wilbourn. “I’m happy for Laura setting a personal-best and we made good progress towards clearing 4.32m (the NCAA standard).”
Also setting a personal-best was senior Maddy Price as the Hillsborough, Calif., native clocked a time of 7.62 in the 60m dash. That time was the fifth-fastest in school history. Running her season-best in the same event was junior Sydnei Murphy (7.61).
Murphy also competed in the long jump where she set a mark of 19-6 (5.94). In a field of 20 that included post-collegiate athletes, Murphy finished in eighth overall and fourth among college competitors.
Rounding out the meet for the Blue Devils was Ben Beatty who threw the shot put 52-9.25 (16.08).
“It was a really good early season meet,” Wilbourn said. “It helped us get better as we try to tune up for the championship part of our season which includes the ACC’s and NCAA’s.”
The Blue Devils will compete in six events on the second day of the Clemson Invite. The day will get started with the women’s weight throw and high jump, slated to begin at 11:00 a.m. Live results can be found here.