BLACKSBURG, Va. – Through day one of the Hokie Invite, several Blue Devils placed themselves among some of the greats in the school record book and totaled 15 top-five finishes on the evening.
“Overall, good first night in Blacksburg,” said director of track & field Norm Ogilvie. “I was especially impressed with Madeline Kopp on her performance today in the 300m and 600m. It’s very difficult to come back in such a short time span to run those two events and she did great. We will have an outstanding 4x400 relay this year with so many student-athletes running great in the 300m and 600m. We’re looking forward to tomorrow.”
After setting the Duke record in the women’s 60m dash last weekend at the Dick Taylor Carolina Cup, sophomore Sydnei Murphy continued to leave her mark in the record books. After advancing to the finals in the 60m dash with the fifth-fastest time in Duke history of 7.60, Murphy finished fourth in a fast final heat, clocking in at 7.56, the second-fastest time in Blue Devil history. Murphy has already passed the ACC standard for the 60m dash.
The Blue Devil women were outstanding in the 300m with two times notching spots on the Duke all-time list. India Lowe garnered first-place in a time of 38.53, the second-fastest time in school history while Kopp stopped the clock in the third-fastest time for a Blue Devil in 38.55, taking second-place. Maddy Price came in fourth in a time of 38.81, which was a new personal-best time.
Also in the 300m, Brett Bofinger notched fourth-place in a time of 34.96, setting a new personal-record and the No. 3 spot on Duke’s all-time list.
In the triple jump, Domonique Panton notched the fourth-best mark in Duke history, leaping 38-0.75 (11.60).
In women’s weight throw, Stefani Vukajlovic threw the implement 55-9.25 (17.00). Vukajlovic’s mark set a new personal-record and put her name in Duke’s record book as the second-best throw.
Graduate student Robert Rohner set a new personal-record in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.85.
In men’s pole vault (unseeded), Daniel Golubovic surpassed the ACC standard with a mark of 16-0.75 (4.90) and took first place for the Blue Devils.
Kopp continued to hit the track hard today and swept first and second in the 600m with Brittany Aveni. Kopp crossed the finish line in 1:30.63, setting a new school record, and Aveni stopped the clock at 1:33.48.
After claiming first in the 800m last weekend at the Carolina Cup, freshman Matt Wisner took fourth in the 1,000m in a time of 2:26.51.
The Blue Devils will be back in action tomorrow to wrap up the Hokie Invite in Blacksburg, Va.