CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va./ PRINCETON, N.J. – New school records were set in the men’s and women’s discus throw at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va., Friday, May 10. Junior Erica Brand broke her own record that she set in 2012 with her best throw measuring 177-9 (54.17), which was good enough to win the event.
“Going into today I knew that I was in regionals but I wanted to get a better mark so that I could compete in the top heat,” said Brand. “It was a pretty low key meet so I tried to not put too much pressure on myself and tried to stayed relaxed and to get a good throw.”
Redshirt junior Austin Gamble broke his own record for the fourth time this season and second time in as many weeks with his best throw measuring 190-6 (58.07) to finish third overall. Redshirt freshman Stephen Boals placed fourth in the event with a mark of 172-04 (52.54).
“The main goal was to keep on improving technically and with distance and I was able to do that,” commented Gamble. “My whole series was pretty good and more consistent. The overall day was a good indication of the path that I am on going into regionals. ”
In the multi-events, freshman Robert Rohner wrapped up the day in second place with 3,843 total points, earning personal record marks in the first four events. The Sumter, S.C., native started the day by winning the 100 meter dash in 10.75. Then, he jumped 22-4.42 (6.81) in the long jump, earned a mark of 41-4.5 (12.61) in the shot put and cleared 6-0.75 (1.85) in the men’s high jump. Rohner closed out the day by completing the 400 in 49.37.
At the end of day one in the women’s heptathlon, redshirt freshman Karli Johonnot and Miray Seward sat in third and fourth respectively. Both women earned their personal-bests in day one point totals with Johonnot collecting 3,101 points and Seward accumulating 3,066 points. Seward started the competition with a personal –record mark of 14.51 in the women’s 100 hurdles.
Several Blue Devils traveled to Princeton, N.J., to compete in the IC4A/ECAC Championships. The top performance of the evening came from senior Ashley Brasovan, who earned All-East honors in the women’s 10,000 by finishing fourth in 36:00.98.
The Virginia Challenge will continue tomorrow in Charlottesville, Va. A full recap will be available at www.GoDuke.com.