COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO – The Duke track and field team swept the high jump competition on Friday at the Air Force Invite.
On the men’s side, Rivers Ridout took first place with a lifetime best jump. Ridout was able to clear 7-0.25 (2.14), breaking the seven-foot mark for the first time in his career. That jump puts Ridout second all-time at Duke and it is tied for the fifth-highest mark in the ACC this season. It is the second first-place finish for Ridout this year.
Also taking first place for the Blue Devils was Cassie Martin. Martin cleared 5-6.00 (1.68), just .02m below her season-best, to earn the top spot. It is the first individual victory for Martin this season.
Also competing on Friday was the men’s DMR at the Roanoke Tune-up. A quartet Matt Wisner, Miles Mingo, Steven Solomon and Jordan Burton finished with a time of 9:45.87, just .17 seconds slower than the time the same squad ran at the Armory Invitational. Wisner (2:55.66), Mingo (48.68) and Solomon (1:50.69) were all able to improve on their times in the 1,200m, 400m, and 800m. Burton was able to complete the mile in 4:10.98 while hampered by a sprained ankle. Duke finished in second place in the meet, trailing just Virginia Tech. Duke’s season-best of 9:45.70 is third in the ACC this season.
Rounding out the Blue Devils in action on Friday was Ben Beatty and Jack Maher in the shot put at the UCS Invitational. Beatty took third place in the event, his highest finish since taking second at the Carolina Cup to open the season. Maher threw the shot put a season-best distance of 49-7.25 (15.12) to finish in sixth place.
Duke will close out competition this weekend at the UCS Invitational on Saturday. Live results can be found here.