RALEIGH, N.C. – The Duke track & field program wrapped up the final day of the Raleigh Relays in stellar fashion with one school record, three event marks breaking into the Duke all-time list and 11 top-10 performances.
“Really good opening weekend for our track & field program at the Raleigh Relays,” said head coach Norm Ogilvie. “We’ve been anxiously awaiting the debut of freshman Katelyn Gochenour and she certainly did not disappoint as she broke a decade old school record in the javelin. The men also did well in the javelin with Michael Marsack finishing as the top-collegiate athlete. The women’s sprint squad was outstanding this weekend in the 100m, sprint medley relay and in the 4x200m relay. Madeline Kopp competed in all three of those events at a high level after running at the NCAAs in the 800m a couple weeks. Her winning efforts over three different distances show her versatility. The men’s 4x400m relay finished with anchor Dylan Murphy’s career-best split of 47.80, and it was great to see Connor Hall finish as the top-collegiate performer in men’s pole vault yesterday. Overall, a very solid weekend for us.”
Freshman Katelyn Gochenour set the bar high in her first collegiate meet, breaking the school record in women’s javelin. Gochenour claimed first with a throw of 169-9 (51.75), surpassing Daina Pucurs 2007 Duke record mark.
Also competing in the women’s javelin competition was senior Christine Streisel, who claimed second place with a mark of 151-3 (46.10).
The men’s javelin throwers also saw great success in Raleigh today, highlighted by rookie Michael Marsack’s second-place finish in 214-10 (65.48), the fourth-best throw in Duke history. Marsack was the second top-collegiate mark for the Blue Devil men this weekend, following sophomore Rivers Ridout’s top-collegiate finish yesterday in the invitational portion of the men’s high jump. Nicholas Solfanelli registered a personal-best 205-4 (62.59) to gain fifth, followed by freshman Kiegan Lenihan's collegiate debut of 199-1 (60.69), securing ninth place.
Sophomore Stefani Vukajlovic replaced her previous second-best throw on Duke’s all-time list today in the hammer throw with a fourth-place 186-6 (56.85) finish. Vukajlovic bested her previous record of 184-8 (56.30).
After an impressive sprint medley relay yesterday, three members of that squad with the addition of Domonique Panton clocked in the fifth-fastest time in Duke history in the 4x200m relay today. Sydnei Murphy, Madeline Kopp, MacKenzie Kerr and Panton raced their way to a first-place finish in 1:36.79.
Panton went on to notch fourth place in women’s triple jump with a season-best leap of 40-0.00 (12.19).
Duke secured first, second and fourth in the invitational event of the women’s pole vault. Junior Madison Heath claimed first with a 13-1.50 (4.00) clearance, followed by Nati Sheppard’s second place 12-5.50 (3.80) showing. Freshman Chesney Ward rounded out a complete Blue Devil performance in fourth with a mark of 12-5.50 (3.80).
The Blue Devils will be back in action Saturday, April 1, to host the Battle of the Blues in Durham, N.C.