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Blue Devils Close Out Duke Invitational
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/09/2011
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Senior Ryan McDermott
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DURHAM, N.C.- Day two of the Duke Invitational has come to a close with seniors Mike Schallmo and Ryan McDermott capturing two more event championships.

Two-time ACC champion Ryan McDermott was able to secure his first Duke Invitational championship in the men’s 3k. He took early lead and never looked back as he cruised to an 8:55.89 victory.

After a strong Friday in the shot put, Schallmo came back on Saturday to win the discus. He set a new school record and personal best with a toss of 181’3” just over nine feet farther than the second place finisher. Throwing with Schallmo was sophomore Austin Gamble. The two-sport athlete returns to the track after the completion of spring football to throw 172’11” and take third place.

In the women’s 800m, senior Kate Van Buskirk was followed closely behind junior Cydney Ross to finish second and third. Van Buskirk crossed the line with a time of 2:06.42 with Ross on her heels with a personal best time of 2:06.52.

Also setting a new personal best was junior Brittany Whitehead with a time of 56.37 in the 400m. Whitehead, along with Deirdre Anglin-Stone, LaCresha Styles and Nicole Ragucci, also set a new school record in the 4x100m run with a time of 48.03.

In the distance, Kristina Krasich won the women’s 2k steeplechase with a time of 6:52.81 while Mary Carleton Johnson took second in the women’s 3k steeple at 10:26.12 and Emily Schwitzer came in close third with a 10:26.15.

In the Sally Meyerhoff Memorial 3k, junior Suejin Ahn honored the former Duke All-American’s honor by finishing second in 9:36.63 while wearing a leopard print stripe across her singlet. Meyerhoff, who was known for her energy, life and love of all things leopard print, passed in early March in a biking accident. There will be a memorial and run held for Meyerhoff Sunday April 10th at 9:30am on the Fitness Loop of the Al Buhler trail.

The Blue Devils will have one more tune up before they host the ACC championships from April 21st-23rd.