HIGH POINT, N.C. - In the final day of the HPU Vertklasse Meeting in High Point, N.C., the women’s 4x100 meter relay team served as the highlight for Duke track and field by breaking the school record and crossing the line in 46.25 to finish first overall. The team, who had never run together until today, consisted of senior LaCresha Styles and sophomores Lauren Hansson, Baily Murphy and Elizabeth Kerpon earned the first of six top finishes for the Blue Devils Saturday, March 23.
“It was a real good way to start the outdoor season, commented Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilvie. "The kids performed well. We caught a break in the weather and had a strong start for all event areas, especially our women’s sprinters and throws group.”
In the women’s shot put, Juniors Michelle Anumba and Erica Brand provided a one-two finish with Anumba winning event with a mark of 52-4 (15.95). Brand, who also finished first in the discus throw Friday claimed the second place slot with a mark of 44-9 (13.65).
Other key performances in the throwing events included reshirt sophomore Kyler Shumway who threw a personal best 49-8.25 (15.14) in the men’s shot put to finish fifth. Senior Austin Carpenter also earned a fifth place finish in the men’s javelin throw with a mark of 172-7.0 (52.61). In the women’s javelin, Andrea Hopkins finished third with a best throw of 144-8 (44.10).
Junior Jessie Rubin earned the third first place finish of the day in the women’s 1,500m run. The Rockville, Md., native earned the top spot after having a strong kick, earning a time of 4:36.96. Junior Brianna Welch finished close behind in fourth place with a time of 4:39.39 while Ashley Berry finished in sixth earning a time of 4:40.92.
To close out the meet, the Blue Devils made a statement in the men’s 5,000m by sweeping the top four places. Junior Phil Fairleigh led the pack with a time of 14:32.68. Junior Spencer Pecha finished second in a time of 14:44.70 while freshman William Hague and junior Christian Britto finished third and fourth respectively. Fairleigh, Pecha and Hague all earned personal bests in the event.
Junior Tanner Anderson leapt the highest in the men’s high jump field, clearing 7-1 (2.16) for the victory. Freshman Carl Heinz finished third by clearing 6-7 (2.01). In the women’s division, Karli Johonnot competed for the first time in over a year as a Blue Devil and finished third with a clearance of 5-7 (1.70) while freshman Maddie Morrow finished fourth overall, clearing 5-3 (1.60).
“Our field events events did really well. It was nice to see Tanner Anderson come back to his winning ways.”
Freshman Megan Clark earned a spot onto Duke women’s pole vault all-time list in her first outdoor meet as a Blue Devil with a clearance of 13-2.25 (4.02). The Fort Benning, Ga., native earned a personal best mark and sits behind Duke-greats Jillian Schwartz and Amy Fryt on the all-time list.
“What a tremendous start for Meghan Clark. She is only bested by two All-Americans at Duke so that is pretty good company to be with.”
In other running events, senior James Kostelnik led the Blue Devils in the men’s mile with a third place finish and time of 4:10.13. Sophomore Brian Schoepfer finish fourth in 4:39.39 while senior Mike Moverman and sophomores Nate McClafferty and Kyle Moran finished in ninth, 12th and 14th place respectively.
In the men’s 800m run, freshman Michal Filipczak ran a personal best time of 1:51.77 to finish third overall while sophomore Henry Farley also smashed his personal best with a time of 1:52.78, crossing the line in fifth place.
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The Blue Devils will return to action next week by going to three different events, the Texas Relays, Stanford Invitational and Raleigh Relays. More information will be available on www.GoDuke.com.