PHILADELPHIA – The second day of competition at the 120th running of the Penn Relays saw two Duke relays qualify for the finals Friday afternoon in Philadelphia, Pa. Both the men’s and women’s 4x200 meter relay teams saw top-20 performances that advanced the foursomes into the finals, scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
On the track, Duke’s 4x200m relay of redshirt freshman DeVon Edwards, senior Marcus Wright, sophomore Robert Rohner and freshman Chaz Hawkins placed third in its heat and 10th overall with a time of 1:25.07. The Blue Devils improved on their season-best in the event, which stood at 1:27.34, run at the Raleigh Relays. With the top-10 finish, the Duke relay qualified for the IC4A final, scheduled for 2:40 p.m. Saturday.
The Duke women’s 4x200, made up of redshirt sophomore Teddi Maslowski, freshman Madeline Kopp and juniors Lauren Hansson and Callie Francis followed suit, also qualifying for the finals after placing 19th out of 58 schools in a time of 1:37.26. The relay’s finishing time is the second fastest in Duke history. The Duke quartet qualified for the college women’s 4x200 ECAC final, scheduled for 2:20 p.m. Saturday.
Maslowski, Hansson and Kopp teamed with junior Abby Farley to place sixth in the College Women’s Sprint Medley Championship of America after clocking a time of 3:50.41. Maslowski and Hansson each ran a 200 leg to open the relay before Kopp clocked a 400m split of 54.1. Farley closed in an 800m time of 2:07.47. The relay’s time ranks second on Duke’s all-time list.
The Blue Devils opened competition Friday with the college men’s high jump, with the trio of sophomore Carl Heinz, senior Tanner Anderson and redshirt junior Michael Krone placing fifth, sixth and 11th, respectively.
Heinz, competing at the first Penn Relays of his collegiate career, posted a mark of 6-9.75 (2.08), which came on his third attempt at the height. Prior to the fifth-place finishing height, Heinz cleared 6-8.25 (2.04) on a first attempt and 6-6.75 (2.00) on his second attempt. Heinz’s final clearance nearly matched his personal-best height of 6-10.25 (2.09).
Anderson, last year’s Penn Relays champion in the same event, made three third-attempt clearances on the day at heights of 6-6.75 (2.00), 6-8.25 (2.04) and 6-9.75 (2.08), while Krone, attending his third Penn Relays for Duke, cleared the opening height of 6-6.75 (2.00) on his second attempt.
Duke begins the final day of competition at the Penn Relays with ACC Champion Thomas Lang competing in the javelin at 11:15 a.m.