CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Duke’s track and field team posted strong performances in day one of the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va., Friday afternoon, both on the track and in the field.
Freshman Madeline Kopp continues to impress during her first season with Duke’s track and field team. The rookie improved on her own school record time at 400 meters on Friday, registering a time of 53.79 and placing fifth overall. The Rochester, N.Y., native’s previous personal-best of 54.08 stood as the school record leading up to Friday’s contest.
Junior Lauren Hansson also posted a personal-best effort in the same event, placing sixth overall in a time of 54.29. Hansson, who originally owned the fifth-fastest time in Duke history at the distance, moved into fourth on Duke’s all-time list with the performance on Friday.
Sophomore Robert Rohner leads the decathlon at the conclusion of the first five events, accumulating 3,757 points. Rohner, who holds a 42-point lead, won the first event of the day, the 100, with a time of 10.70. The Sumter, S.C., native also won the final event of the day, the 400, in a time of 49.68.
Joining Rohner in the decathlon is freshman Chaz Hawkins and junior Ian Rock. Hawkins, currently in seventh place, collected 3,540 points while Rock’s point total of 3,413 places him in 10th.
After the first day of the women’s heptathlon, redshirt sophomore Karli Johonnot sits in second place with a point total of 3,254. Johonnot took the high jump with a clearance of 5-9.25 (1.76) and the shot put with a mark of 38-11.75 (11.88).
Fellow redshirt sophomore Teddi Maslowski, currently in fourth place with 3,160 points, began her day of competition with a first-place finish in the 100m hurdles after finishing in a time of 13.96, nearly two-tenths of a second faster than the second-place finisher in the event. Maslowski also won the 200m dash to conclude her first day of competition, crossing the line in a time of 24.42, which matches her personal-best and the fifth-fastest time in Duke history.
Senior Miray Seward, competing in her second heptathlon this season, amassed 2,982 points and enters day two of competition in sixth place.
In the field, redshirt junior Michael Krone recorded his highest clearance of the season in the men’s high jump, leaping over the bar set at 6-10.75 (2.10) on his first attempt. Krone only missed once prior to his season-best mark, clipping the bar at 6-8.75 (2.05) before clearing the height on his second attempt.
In the women’s pole vault, sophomore Megan Clark placed first among collegiate competitors and third overall with a mark of 14-1.25 (4.30). Clark cleared heights of 13-1.25 (4.00), 13-5.25 (4.10) and 13-9.25 (4.20) before her final clearance at 14-5.25 (4.40).
Duke opens day two of competition at the Virginia Challenge with the decathlon at 1 p.m.