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Women‘s 4x400m Relay Claims Second Spot on All-Time
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/11/2017
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Blue Devils concluded competition at the Liberty Invitational in Lynchburg, Va., as well as at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday afternoon. Duke recorded 18 top-10 finishes, eight personal-records and five season-bests.

“We had some really great performances in Arkansas at the Tyson Invitational,” said head coach Norm Ogilvie. “The women’s 4x400 relay took second and the second-best time in school history. Laura Marty had a great day pole vaulting. It is a strong honor to be a great vaulter at a school with such an amazing pole vault tradition. Overall, solid weekend and we’re looking forward to the next.”

The women’s 4x400 relay was strongly represented in Arkansas with India Lowe, Madeline Kopp, MacKenzie Kerr and Maddy Price racing their way to second-place against some very tough, nationally ranked competition. The women’s relay clocked in at 3:36.30, the second-fastest in Duke history.

Freshman Laura Marty kept things on a high note as she garnered fifth in women’s pole vault. Marty’s mark of 13-7.25 (4.15) is the best-clearance by a freshman in school history, a personal-best and No. 4 on Duke’s all-time list.

Junior Madison Heath competed in the invitational portion of women’s pole vault at the Tyson and notched 10th-place in 13-3.50 (4.05), and sophomore Sydnei Murphy jumped into eighth with a leap of 39-8.75 (12.11) in women’s triple jump.

We had several Blue Devils competing on the east coast at the Liberty Invitational, including Liz Lansing, Sarah Armstrong and Rachael Lau in the mile. Lansing crossed the finish line second in a personal-best time of 4:58.87 with Armstrong close behind in 5:01.85 to claim sixth. Lau also clocked a personal-best time.

In the women’s 800, Brittany Aveni ran a personal-best 2:12.56 to claim fourth. On the men’s side, Dylan Murphy captured sixth to tie his season-best time of 1:53.38. Michal Filipczak collected a season-best performance of 1:58.12.

Duke showed a solid performance in men’s and women’s pole vault in Virginia today, highlighted by Nati Sheppard and Chesney Ward garnering second and third-place, respectively. Sheppard and Ward each cleared 12-5.50 (3.80) with Sheppard winning as she notched fewer fouls.

For the men, senior Connor Hall tied his season-best mark of 16-2.75 (4.95) to take fourth while rookie Esteban Suarez took ninth-place and tied his personal-best of 15-3.00 (4.65).

Men’s distance saw several top-ten performances and personal-best times. Alec Kunzweiler led himself to a fourth-place showing in the mile in a time of 4:16.04. Tom Sullivan and Josiah Hanko claimed sixth and seventh after clocking in at 4:19.37 and 4:20.11, respectively, with Hanko’s time registering as a personal-record.

Zachary Alhamra, Matt Luppino and AJ Eckmann competed in the men’s 3,000m with Alhamra collecting a personal-best time of 9:01.48. Luppino and Eckmann each clocked season-best times of 8:57.99 and 9:08.51.

Freshman Cassie Martin was the lone Blue Devil in women’s high jump and claimed fourth after clearing 5-3.75 (1.62).

Complete results from the Tyson and Liberty Invitational are attached.

The Blue Devils will be back on the track Feb. 17-18 for the final weekend before ACC Championships as they travel to Blacksburg, Va., for the Virginia Tech Challenge. The women’s distance medley relay will be the lone competitors at the UCS Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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