CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The final day of competition at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va., was highlighted by two school records and numerous personal bests for Duke track and field team members. The two school records mark the 10th and 11th times this season that an outdoor women’s track and field school record was broken.
Senior Hannah Goranson set the tone for the Blue Devils, qualifying for the finals of the 100-meter hurdles by placing third in the preliminary round of the event in a time of 14.06. Goranson returned to competition one hour later in the final, reclaiming her school record at the distance with a time of 13.85. Goranson placed second in the final.
Duke’s 4x400, comprised of juniors Lauren Hansson, Elizabeth Kerpon and Abby Farley and freshman Madeline Kopp, set a school record of its own, placing second overall in a time of 3:36.18. Hansson carried the baton the first 400m leg in approximately 54.4 seconds before handing off to Kopp. The rookie handed the baton off to Farley in the lead, covering the distance in approximately 53.5. Farley maintained the lead for the Blue Devils, clocking a split of 54.91, before Kerpon anchored the relay in a time of 53.12, placing Duke second in the event in a school record time.
In addition to school records, personal records also fell. Redshirt sophomore heptathlete Teddi Maslowski concluded the seven-event competition with a personal-best point total of 5,335, narrowly missing the school record of 5,342, set earlier this year by teammate and fellow redshirt sophomore Karli Johonnot. Appropriately, Maslowski posted a personal-best time of 2:14.23 in the final event of the competition, the 800. Joining Maslowski in the heptathlon was senior Miray Seward, who placed eighth overall with a score of 4,552 points.
In the men’s decathlon, sophomore Robert Rohner led the Blue Devils with a third-place finish after collecting 7,043 points. Rohner, who led the competition after the first five events, saw a personal-best mark in the discus at 138-11 (42.35) and matched his personal-record in the pole vault at 13-7.25 (4.15).
Junior Nate McClafferty recorded another personal-best time this season in the 1,500, placing ninth in a time of 3:44.48. McClafferty, who averaged just over 60-seconds per lap, previously ran 3:45.77 earlier in the season at the Raleigh Relays.
Redshirt senior Michelle Anumba placed second overall in the women’s shot put, sending the implement 51-10 (15.80) on her first attempt of the afternoon. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native was unable to improve on her opening attempt.
Redshirt sophomore Stephen Boals nearly matched his personal-best shot put effort Saturday, as the Loomis, Calif., native posted a mark of 57-7.75 (17.57) en route to a second-place finish. Boals earned the distance on his fourth attempt of the competition.
The Blue Devils return to competition Friday, May 16, traveling to Georgia Tech for a two-day competition in Atlanta, Ga. Duke is also scheduled to participate in the one-day North Carolina Last Chance Meet in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, May 17.