SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Duke track and field women's distance medley relay team broke the school record by over five seconds, combining for a time of 11:01.50 at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind., Friday, March 1. The team consisting of senior Cydney Ross, junior Gabby Levac, sophomore Elizabeth Kerpon and freshman Anima Banks finished fourth in the event in a very competitive field. More importantly, the time posted by the quartet was the sixth fastest time in the NCAA to date and qualifies them for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Levac got the women off to a great start with a solid 3:26.1 in the 1200 meters. She passed the baton off to Kerpon who clocked a 53.2 in the 400m leg to keep the other top teams within striking distance. Then, Ross built off her momentum to run a 2:03.4 in the 800m leg and Banks ran the final 1,600m in 4:38.6.
"The women ran amazing tonight, Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilvie commented. "Every leg ran great and set a personal record. The goal was to finish in the top four and that was exactly what they were able to do."
In the men's race, the team of senior James Kostelnik, sophomore Nate McClafferty and freshmen Michal Filipczak and Tommy Meister finished in 23rd place with a time of 9:41.40. The time places the quartet third on Duke's all-time list.
The Blue Devils will return to action in South Bend, Ind., tomorrow with several relay members competing in open events. Several field event athletes will also compete at the 2013 VT Final Qualifier in Blacksburg, Va. A full recap will be available at www.GoDuke.com.