CLEMSON, S.C. – The Duke track and field team rounded out the final day of the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships in Clemson, S.C., at the Clemson Indoor Track on Saturday. Overall, the Blue Devils combined for 12 All-ACC accolades over the course of the three-day event.
The Duke women finished the meet tied for sixth out of 15 teams with 48 points, while the Blue Devil men took 10th, scoring 25 points. Both of those totals are increases from the 2017 championships. Florida State topped both leaderboards, with the women’s team scoring 91 points and the men’s team claiming the title with 111 points. Duke now has a 10-6-1 record for the women’s team and a 7-11 record for the men.
“We had a good day wrapping up the meet,” said director of track and field Norm Ogilvie. “We’re going back to Durham a happy team. It was a successful weekend. We met most of our goals and exceeded some as well.”
Following a 54.12 in yesterday’s preliminaries, senior Maddy Price claimed the silver medal and first team All-ACC in the women’s 400m to earn eight team points. Price ran a 53.27 to take second place, breaking the Duke record by .29 seconds. Price ranks 26th in the country in the 400m.
“Maddy ran the best 400 of her life,” said Ogilvie. “She got out in front of the top two seeds and got position, she really ran a great race.”
Price also ran the final leg of the second-place finishing 4x400m relay, along with India Lowe, MacKenzie Kerr and Brittany Aveni. The quartet clocked in at 3:33.64 which places them second all-time at Duke and earned them first team All-ACC honors. Both Kerr and Price ran their legs of the race in under 53 seconds. The Duke relay ranks 15th in the country.
“Our women’s 4x400 had a really good performance,” Ogilvie commented. “Running under 53 seconds on two of their legs. The only team to beat us was the host, Clemson. We’ll have to wait to see how other teams do, but we’re very close to qualifying for nationals.”
After a record-breaking 45.44 in the 400m on Friday, Steven Solomon ran 46.16 to finish in third place and claim first team All-ACC honors. Solomon’s time of 45.44 is both the Duke and ACC record and ranks fourth in the country.
“Steven ran an incredible race on Friday and that takes a lot out of the body,” Ogilvie said. “We wanted to be careful with him, with nationals and the Commonwealth Games coming up. He was still able to win his heat and get third place.”
In the triple jump, Domonique Panton soared to a record-breaking mark on her sixth and final leap. She cleared 41-8.75 (12.72) to extend her Duke record and finish in third place. Her final jump moved her up to third from eighth place. She takes the bronze medal and earns first team All-ACC honors. Sydnei Murphy finished in ninth place with a jump of 40-5.5 (12.33), placing her in second all-time at Duke.
“We ask our kids to compete hard and down to the wire and that’s best exemplified in the triple jump today,” Ogilvie said. “Domonique was in eighth and we needed points to catch Miami in sixth. She went from eighth to third place with a new school record on her final jump. That’s the type of stuff that makes us really happy as coaches.”
Matt Wisner, running his fourth race in eight days, chopped nearly two seconds off his preliminary time and ran 1:49.61 to finish in sixth place in the 800m. Wisner, who owned the 800m school record, becomes the first Blue Devil to run a sub 1:50 800 and earns second team All-ACC honors.
“Matt broke the school record and it’s a nice milestone to be the first to break 1:50,” added Ogilvie. “It was his fourth race in eight days and he was still able to drop by two seconds from yesterday to today.”
In her first ACC final, Kethlin Campbell ran a personal-best 23.74 in the 200m, just .03 behind her school record time. Campbell finished in sixth place and earned second team All-ACC honors.
“Some events are harder to score in and the 200m in the ACC is very hard to score in,” said Ogilvie. “For Kethlin to get it done as a freshman is very impressive.”
In the men’s pole vault, Esteban Suarez set a personal-best by clearing 16-3.75 (5.00) and finishing in fifth place. Suarez earns second team All-ACC honors for his performance.
Rounding out the events on the track was two personal-bests in the 3,000m. Olivia Gwynn raced to a time of 9:53.60 to set her personal-best while Nikhil Pulimood finished in 15th with a lifetime best time of 8:20.95.
The Blue Devils will finish the indoor campaign at the NCAA Indoor Championships starting on March 9 in College Station, Texas.