CLEMSON, S.C. – The Duke track and field team saw two runners break school records and five reached personal-bests on the second day of the Clemson Invitational.
“We are off to a solid start,” said associate head coach B.J. Linnenbrink. “Personal-bests this early are the result of fantastic fall training. As we progress through the season, we hope for many more outstanding performances.”
Senior Maddy Price and freshman Kethlin Campbell smashed the school record in the 200m dash. Price, who missed the school record by just .01 seconds in 2016, set a personal-best and the program record on Saturday when she clocked a time of 24.15. Just one heat later, Campbell also beat the previous record by running a time of 24.24 to place her second on the program’s all-time list. Both times qualify the pair for the ACC Indoor Championships, with Price’s time ranking third in the ACC and Campbell’s fifth so far this season.
Leading off the day on the track, sophomore Brittany Aveni raced to the fourth-fastest time in the country in the 600m run. Aveni finished the race in 1:30.12 to set a personal-best and place her second all-time at Duke. She finished in second place overall in the race and trailed just current Duke volunteer assistant coach and former All-American Maddie Kopp.
Two throwers set personal-bests in the weight throw. Stefani Vukajlovic tossed the implement 17.80, the best throw of her career and the second-furthest in school history. It also qualified her for the ACC Championships as she finished in fifth in the competition. Also setting a personal-best in the weight throw was sophomore Ben Beatty. His toss reached 15.03.
In the high jump, senior Colt Sessions improved on last week’s high jump as he cleared 6-8.75 (2.05), moving him up to seventh in the ACC this season.
Junior Domonique Panton also increased her season-best in the triple jump as she cleared 12.09, tying her for fifth in the ACC this season.
“These personal-bests are the best confidence boost,” Linnenbrink said. “In that they give you the ability to continue pushing yourself in training and competitions which hopefully results in big performances at the most important meets.”
The Blue Devils will return to action next Friday, Jan. 26 when they travel to New York for the Armory Invitational.