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Blue Devils Show Strong Performance at Carolina Cup
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/13/2017
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Kicking off the 2017 indoor season with the Dick Taylor Carolina Cup, the Duke men’s team totaled 41 points to tie for first place with North Carolina while the women registered 40 points to earn second on Friday evening in the Eddie Smith Field House on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

The men’s squad moves to 2-0-1 and 1-0-1  against conference foes while the women are 2-1 and 1-1.

North Carolina took home the title on the women’s side with 72 points, while the Tar Heel men earned 41 points. East Carolina (men-36, women-24) and NC State (men-31, women-16) rounded out the team standing in third and fourth, respectively.

“Overall, it was a good effort by our squads and we learned a lot about ourselves,” said track & field director Norm Ogilvie. “We competed pretty tough. This was the first time the men have had any share of the Carolina Cup trophy the last four years and the women also had a good meet. This was our first week back and we know what we need to work on going into next weekend at the Hokie Invite. Our kids will always fight and today proved the rivalry between Carolina and us is always a good one.”

The meet got off on a high note after sweeping the top three spots in men’s pole vault, highlighted by senior Connor Hall clearing 15-1.00 (4.60) to take first. Freshman Esteban Suarez made his collegiate debut and took home second place, while fellow rookie Caleb Sanford rounded out the sweep with a 14-1.25 (4.30) mark.

Also in field events, sophomore Rivers Ridout and junior Colt Sessions took first and second in men’s high jump. Ridout posted a personal-record mark of 6-10.25 (2.09) and Sessions cleared 6-9.00 (2.06) to garner a new personal-best, sweeping one and two.

Sophomore Sydnei Murphy  placed first in the women’s long jump and in the women’s 60m dash. Murphy registered a mark of 20-3.00 (6.17) in the long jump and a time of 7.49 in the 60m, both personal-bests with the 60m dash time becoming a school record.

Freshman Matt Wisner took to the track for the first time this season and garnered first in the men’s 800, clocking in at 1:54.19. For the women, Madeline Kopp took first followed by Kim Hallowes taking third. Kopp finished in 2:11.99 and Hallowes clocked in at 2:13.53.

Cole Hoff and Stephen Garrett went one and two in the 3,000m run. Hoff clocked in at 8:43.21 while Garrett crossed the finish line in 8:47.54. On the women’s side, Gabrielle Richichi posted a third-place finish in a personal-best time of 10:00.69 while Sheridan Wilbur brought home fourth in 10:15.50.

The Blue Devils took first and third in women’s pole vault with junior Madison Heath and sophomore Nati Sheppard registering 13-7.25 (4.15) and 11-9.75 (3.60) marks, respectively.

In the 200m, Brett Bofinger garnered third for the men while India Lowe posted a first-place finish, clocking in at 22.57 and 24.70, respectively, with Lowe's time registering a personal-best.

In men’s long jump, Chaz Hawkins and Robert Rohner went two and three, respectively. Hawkins tallied a personal-best 23-1.75 (7.05) mark while Rohner registered 22-6.50 (6.87).

Iyin Battle placed third in men’s weight throw after throwing the implement 54-1.00 (16.48), a personal-best mark. Stefani Vukajlovic registered a 47-2.50 (14.39) mark, placing sixth on the women’s side.

Sarah Armstrong garnered third-place in the mile in a time of 5:07.23.

Jaida Lemmons and Domonique Panton rounded out women’s long jump for Duke. Lemmons posted a top-ten finish after her 17-9.50 (5.42) mark, garnering ninth-place while Panton notched 15th with 15-6.00 (4.72).

Panton posted a fourth-place finish in the women’s triple jump after clearing 37-10.50 (11.54).

Rounding out field events in men’s shot put was Jack Maher, who finished fifth after tossing the implement 49-3.75 (15.03). Battle and Daniel Golubovc also competed and earned seventh and 10th-place, respectively.

Chase Peterson and Sean Rafique competed in the men’s 400m for Duke. Peterson brought home seventh in a time of 51.46 while Rafique clocked in at 51.56 and earned ninth-place in the process. For the women, Brittany Aveni clocked in at 58.86 and posted a fifth-place finish while Jasmine Hill garnered ninth in a time of 1:02.92.

Alec Kunzweiler, Tom Sullivan, Matt Luppino and Brian Benesch represented Duke in the mile, highlighted by Kunzweiler’s fourth-place finish in a time of 4:25.05. Sullivan clocked in at 4:27.94 and earned sixth, while Luppino took eighth in a time of 4:44.20. Benesch followed closely behind Luppino and took ninth in 4:45.82.

In the women’s 60m hurdles, Lemmons was the sole Blue Devil on the track and clocked in at 9.07, finishing seventh. Tionne Barmer represented Duke for the men and posted a fourth-place finish in a time of 8.72.

Maddy Price and Lowe competed in the 60m dash and went six and seven, respectively. Lowe clocked in at 7.66 while Price finished in a time of 7.70.

Following Wisner’s stellar performance in the 800 was Kyle Francis and Michal Filipczak, finishing seventh and eighth, respectively. Francis clocked in at 2:00.44 while Filipczak crossed the finish line in 2:03.57.

Zachary Alhamra finished eighth in the 3,000m in a time of 9:18.66.

Rounding out Duke’s time at the Carolina Cup was the 4x400 relays. The women posted a second-place finish in a time of 3:59.95 while the men crossed the finish line in 3:24.80 and claimed fourth. Mackenzie Kerr, Hill, Hallowes and Brittany Aveni represented the women’s squad while Filipczak, Francis, Peterson and Wisner competed for the men.

The Blue Devils will be back in action Friday, Jan. 20 as they travel to Blacksburg, Va., for the Hokie Invite.