RALEIGH, N.C. – The Duke track & field program kicked off the 2017 outdoor season on a high note Friday at day one of the Raleigh Relays, highlighted by three event marks breaking into the Duke all-time list, 12 top-10 performances and seven personal-bests.
Senior Madeline Kopp, junior Maddy Price and sophomores Sydnei Murphy and MacKenzie Kerr represented Duke well in the sprint medley relay and clocked in at 3:55.07, the fourth-best time in Duke history.
The sprint squad continued to excel on the track in the 100m dash. Price claimed first place in 11.69, followed by Murphy in third (11.87) and Kopp right behind in fourth (11.89). Murphy’s 11.87 time etched her name on the Duke all-time list at No. 5, while Kerr and Domonique Panton each registered personal-best times in the event. Kerr smashed her previous time by 20 seconds, clocking in at 12.22, followed closely behind by Panton in 12.25.
In the men’s high jump (invitational), sophomore Rivers Ridout set the bar high from the get go, finishing second with a mark of 6-10.75 (2.10), the third-best mark in school history.
Freshman Tracy Jander competed in her first collegiate meet today and had a stellar performance in the high jump, notching first with a leap of 5-5.00 (1.65).
Also competing in the high jump was Jaida Lemmons and claimed 10th place with a clearance of 5-1.00 (1.55). Lemmons also hit the track for the 100m hurdles and set a personal-best time of 14.87.
In addition to the top marks and personal-best times, several Blue Devils posted top-10 finishes today in Raleigh.
Senior Connor Hall claimed first in the invitational competition of men’s pole vault after clearing 16-7.25 (5.06). Freshman Esteban Suarez also saw success in the invitational event, notching fourth in 15-1.50 (4.61).
In the college portion of men’s pole vault, rookie Caleb Sanford cleared 14-0.00 (4.27) to place fourth.
Senior Amarie Bremel and sophomore Jack Maher kicked off their outdoor campaign with two top-10 performances. Bremel competed in women’s discus and tossed the implement 157-7.00 (48.03) to claim seventh, while Maher hurled the shot put 50-2.00 (15.29) to place eighth.
The Blue Devils will close out competition at the Raleigh Relays tomorrow morning with men’s discus kicking off at 10:45 a.m. ESPN3 coverage of Saturday’s events will begin at noon.