BLACKSBURG, Va. – The men’s and women’s track and field program entered its final competition before heading to South Bend, Ind., for the ACC Championships next weekend. The Blue Devils posted 11 top-five finishes and nine personal-best times through day one at the Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Va.
Freshman Matt Wisner has been unstoppable through the regular season of his rookie campaign and enters ACCs unbeaten in the men’s 800m. Wisner was Duke’s sole competitor in this event and crossed the finish line first in a time of 1:53.99 after holding the lead through all four laps.
Off the track, sophomore Jaida Lemmons etched her on Duke’s all-time list in the long jump after placing second. She leaped 18-8.50 (5.70), the fifth-best mark in school history.
Lemmons also recorded a personal-best time in the 60m hurdles after stopping the clock in 8.94 to grab ninth place.
Panton garnered third in 7.81 in the prelims before placing fourth in the finals in a time of 7.83. Bofinger clocked in at 7.11 in both the prelims and finals, while Barmer tied his personal-best time of 7.12 in the prelims. Barmer finished sixth in 7.13.
Also competing in the 60m was graduate-student Daniel Golubovic and he clocked a personal-best time of 7.33.
Sophomore JR Smith and Golubovic leaped to new heights as they registered personal-best marks in the long jump. Smith took fifth in 22-10.75 (6.98) and Golubovic garnered seventh with a distance of 21-11.75 (6.70)
In women’s weight throw, sophomore Stefani Vukajlovic was the lone Blue Devil and notched second place after throwing the implement 55-5.50 (16.90). On the men’s side, sophomores Iyin Battle and Jack Maher took third and sixth, respectively. Battle registered a mark of 53-3.75 (16.25) followed by Maher in 48-0.50 (14.64).
Freshman AJ Eckmann waited for his time to shine in the second-to-last event of the day. Eckmann placed first in the men’s 5,000m after clocking in at 16:09.90, nearly 20 seconds faster than his previous personal-best.
It was the Blue Devil rookies who set the bar high in men’s pole vault as Caleb Sanford and Esteban Suarez went two and three, respectively. Sanford registered a personal-best clearance of 15-7.00 (4.75) and Suarez notched 15-1.00 (4.60).
In the final event of the evening, junior Jasmine Hill recorded a personal-best time of 26.13 in the 200m to garner eighth.
For the men, Barmer and Sean Rafique posted two personal-best finishes in 22.63 and 23.47, respectively.
The Blue Devils will close out competition in Blacksburg tomorrow and select Duke female student-athletes will headline the UCS Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.