NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Blue Devils concluded competition at the Armory Track Invitational Saturday afternoon. The women accumulated 57 points to garner fourth-place while the men totaled 41 to take seventh. Both the men and women competed against 47 teams over the weekend. Duke recorded 16 personal-best marks and 13 top-ten performances in New York.
“Very successful weekend in New York”, said head coach Norm Ogilvie. “Our staff and team are very happy with the wins we secured, especially for the women’s 4x200m relay setting the meet and school record.”
Madeline Kopp, India Lowe, Sydnei Murphy and Maddy Price raced their way to first-place in the women’s 4x200m relay, breaking two records in the process. The squad smashed the Duke school record, as they clocked in at 1:36.37 and also broke the Armory Track Invitational record that was previously set by Mississippi State.
Murphy also competed in the women’s 200m and posted a personal-best time of 24.37, etching her name in the No. 3 spot on Duke’s all-time list.
On the men’s side, Michal Filipczak, Matt Wisner, Dylan Murphy and Alec Kunzweiler tallied fourth-place in the men’s 4x800m relay in a time of 7:31.39. The men’s squad was the top-college performing time.
The women’s team saw their point totals soar after accumulating 27 points in the pole vault. Once again, Madison Heath continued to lead the Blue Devils and posted a first-place finish. Freshman Laura Marty and Chesney Ward both cleared a personal-best mark of 4.00m to come in second and third-place, respectively. Nati Sheppard rounded out Duke’s performance with fifth-place in 3.90m.
Again for the women, Kopp, Kim Hallowes and Brittany Aveni scored big on the women’s side in the 800m. Kopp garnered first and a PR in a time of 2:08.75 while Hallowes finished sixth in 2:11.68. Aveni stopped the clock in a personal-best 2:12.73 time.
Colt Sessions and Rivers Ridout dominated men’s high jump, taking first and fourth-place, respectively. Sessions cleared a personal-best 2.08m while Rivers posted a mark of 1.99m. For the women, Cassie Martin cleared 1.64m and claimed second.
Freshman Sarah Armstrong was the lone Blue Devil competing in the mile and stopped the clock in 4:58.08, a personal-best time and fifth-place finish.
Gabrielle Richichi and Chaz Hawkins added to the list of personal-best times in the women’s 3,000m and the men’s 200m dash. Richichi clocked in at 9:46.27, 14 seconds faster than her previous personal-record, while Hawkins crossed the finish line in 22.32.
The Blue Devils will be back in action next weekend as they travel to Lynchburg, Va., for the Liberty Invitational and Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational.