ANN ARBOR, MICH. – For the third consecutive week, the Duke track and field team broke a school record to go along with setting multiple personal-bests as the Blue Devils competed at the Power Five Invitational at the University of Michigan Indoor Track.
“We had a lot of highlights today,” said director of track and field Norm Ogilvie. “The headliner was Steven Solomon breaking the school record in the 600m with a high level national time. We had a lot of positives today and are excited to compete again tomorrow.”
In just his second meet as a Blue Devil, graduate student Steven Solomon made his mark on the Duke record books. The Melbourne, Australia native entered in the 600m run and set a bevy of records. He clocked a time of 1:17.49, setting a new school record as well as the being the fastest time run at Michigan’s Indoor Track. He took first place in the race and it is the fifth-fastest time in the country this season. Not far behind him was Matt Wisner who clocked in at 1:20.24 to take third place.
Duke started the day with three personal-bests in the pentathlon and heptathlon events. Jacob Sobota opened the meet with a time of 6.90 in the 60m dash, the fifth-fastest time in Duke history. Sobota also added a personal-best in the long jump, reaching 22-0.75 (6.89). Soon after, Erin Marsh cruised to a time of 8.62 in the 60m hurdles, putting her fourth all-time in school history and qualifying her for the ACC Championships in the event.
Sobota and Christian Friis finished the first four events of the heptathlon in fourth and fifth respectively, but are the second and third collegiate athletes. Former Blue Devils Curtis Beach and Daniel Golubovic sit in second and third with the 60m hurdles and pole vault still to come on Saturday.
Rounding out the day was Alex Miley finishing in first place in his heat in the 3,000m run. He finished the race in 8:29.88, setting a personal-best.
The Blue Devils also picked up personal-bests at the Camel City Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Paul Dellinger took the first individual title of his collegiate career, winning the 5,000m with a personal-best 14:50.25.
Reaching her best mark as a Blue Devil was Cassie Martin. Martin cleared 5-7.00 (1.70) to take first place in the high jump and qualify for the ACC Championships.
Joining his classmate in setting a personal-best was Michael Ungvarsky. The Cinnaminson, N.J., native ran the 3,000m run in 8:39.81.
“Overall it was really, really good,” said volunteer assistant coach Sean McNulty. “These guys are training very hard right now and they’re finishing the season on a high note. It was a great win for Paul to finish strong and believe in the training process and reap the rewards.”
Duke will compete in the second day of the Power Five Invitational starting on Saturday morning. The men’s heptathlon 60m hurdles get the day started at 9:30 a.m. Live results can be found here.