ANN ARBOR, MICH. – The Duke track and field team closed out the Power Five Invitational with an individual victory and three personal-bests on Saturday afternoon.
“The highlight of the day was Laura Marty winning the women’s pole vault,” said director of track and field Norm Ogilvie. “Matt Wisner got an ACC automatic qualifying mark in the 800m. He had a good weekend, third in the 600m and sixth in the 800m.
Jacob Sobota and Christian Friis both set personal-bests in the heptathlon. Sobota finished in second with 5,204 points, putting him in second in the ACC so far this season and 23rd in the country. Friis took fourth overall and third among collegiate competitors. Friis’ 5,072 points are good for fourth in the ACC.
“A really nice debut for both of them and I think they learned a lot in these two days,” added Ogilvie. “The first for both of them and they really learned. Overall a lot of positive stuff.”
JR Smith set a personal-best in the long jump in his fifth of the day. The Aurora, Colo., native had a jump of 22-11.75 (7.00), putting him in 16th in the ACC so far this year.
In the 800m, Matt Wisner took sixth place, clocking a time of 1:51.67. That is a season-best for the sophomore and qualifies him for the ACC Championships as well as placing him seventh in the ACC so far this season.
“Our full team goes to Clemson for the Tiger Paw Invite,” Ogilvie said. “It’s the biggest meet before the ACC Championships. We’re excited to get there and compete.”
Duke will head to Clemson, S.C. for the Tiger Paw invitational on Friday, Feb. 9.