CLEMSON, S.C. – The Duke track and field team saw two school records fall and five athletes earn All-ACC honors on day two of the 2018 ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships.
With seven events scored, the women are in fifth with 23 points. In men’s competition, Duke is tied for eighth with 12 points after six events.
Running the 400 meters for the first time as a Blue Devil, Steven Solomon broke a slew of records. Solomon blazed to a time of 45.44, more than a second ahead of the second place time. That broke not only the Duke record, but also is the fastest time run in the ACC and the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships and ranks fourth in the NCAA this season. Solomon, a Sydney, Australia native, also broke the Australian national record for an indoor 400m. He will compete for the ACC title in Saturday’s final.
“Solomon obviously ran awesome today,” said director of track and field Norm Ogilvie. “It was a history making performance, setting the conference record and beating times of some legends. He was completely by himself because we entered him as a no time performer. It was not perfect running conditions, being ahead the whole time, and it was a pretty impressive performance. He has a chance to win a NCAA championships and then he will compete in the Commonwealth games in Australia.”
Also breaking a Duke record was Kethlin Campbell. Campbell, who already broke the school 200m once this year, took her time even lower, racing to a finish of 23.71. Campbell is only the second Duke runner to finish in under 24 seconds after Maddy Price had a time of 23.73 earlier this season. Campbell finished in sixth place and qualifies for Saturday’s final.
Duke started the day with a pair of heptathlon competitors earning All-ACC honors. Jacob Sobota came into day two of the heptathlon competition sitting in third place. Sobota opened the day with a sixth-place finish in the 60m hurdles, finishing in 8.52. But a strong performance in the pole vault (16-0.75 [4.90]) vaulted him back into second place. He would not relinquish that spot after the 1,000m and went home with the silver medal and All-ACC first team honors. Sobota finished with a personal-best 5,516 points, placing him second all-time at Duke.
Also earning All-ACC in the heptathlon was Christian Friis. Friis started the day strong, finishing in first in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.24. He followed that with a mark of 13-1.50 (4.00) in the pole vault and his sixth place finish in the 1,000m (2:48.87) left him in sixth place in the final standings. With that sixth place finish, Friis was named All-ACC second team. He racked up 5,198, a personal-best and good for fourth in Duke history.
“A tremendous performance from Jacob,” Ogilvie said. “It’s second only behind Curtis Beach at Duke, which is tremendous for a freshman at his first ACCs. Christian also did great at his first ACCs, to get second-team All-ACC and have the heptathletes score 11 points is great.”
Three Blue Devils took home All-ACC honors in the women’s pole vault. Leading the way was Madison Heath, who finished in third place, clearing 13-11.25 (4.25). Heath earns the bronze medal and was named All-ACC first team for the second consecutive year.
“The biggest point producer was the women’s pole vault getting 14 points,” Ogilvie said. “That’s very good for our women’s team title hopes.”
Laura Marty and Rivka Arbiv were both named All-ACC second team for the first time. Both cleared 13-11.25 (4.25), with Marty finishing in fourth place and Arbiv taking sixth. The pair are tied for third all-time at Duke after their performances.
In the 400m, Price qualified for Saturday’s final after she finished in first place in her heat with a time of 54.12. MacKenzie Kerr also took first place in her heat, running a personal-best time of 54.88. That places her fifth all-time at Duke.
Qualifying for his first indoor final was Matt Wisner in the 800m. Wisner ran a season-best 1:51.45 to take the eighth and final qualifying spot. He will compete again on Saturday in the final.
In the 200m, Price barely missed out on reaching the final, finishing ninth with a time of 23.81. Also setting a personal-best was India Lowe. Lowe raced to a time of 24.07, the third fastest-time in Duke history.
Starting off the day was the 5,000m and Michaela Reinhart marked her indoor debut with a personal-best time of 17:04.88.
Brittany Aveni just missed out on finishing in the top-10 of the 800m. The Geneva, Ohio native finished with a time of 2:10.43.
In the field events, Campbell and Sydnei Murphy both qualified for the long jump finals. Campbell finished in seventh place, leaping 19-7.5 (5.98). Murphy finished one place behind her with a mark of 19-6 (5.94).
Stefani Vukajlovic reached a personal-best in the weight throw, tossing the implement 59-2.75 (18.05). That is the second-furthest toss in school history. In the men’s weight throw, Iyin Battle reached the finals and finished in eighth place. He finished with a throw of 56-6.5 (17.23).
Rounding out the day was the women’s high jump. Tracy Jander tied for ninth place after clearing a personal-best 5-4.5 (1.64).
“We have lots of potential points still to come on Saturday,” Ogilvie added. “We’re doing well and happy with our first two days.
The final day of the ACC Championships will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. ESPN3 will have a live broadcast beginning at noon and running through the conclusion of the meet. Live results from the meet can be found here.