WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Although weather affected the majority of the Duke track and field team’s ability to compete on Saturday, two Blue Devils did set personal-bests at Wake Forest’s Outdoor Opener, including breaking a school record.
“The highlight of the day was Stefani (Vukajlovic) in the women’s hammer getting the school record and Iyin (Battle) setting a personal-best,” said director of track and field Norm Ogilvie. “That was about all we could do before the weather went south.”
In the first event of the day, Stefani Vukajlovic led off by breaking her own school record in the hammer throw. In her second throw of the day, Vukajlovic reached 194-4 (59.23), which missed her personal-best by just .40 meters. On her fifth throw, the Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina native was able to crush that mark, launching the hammer 197-7 (60.24) to set a new Duke record as well as the Bosnian-Herzegovinian record. Vukajlovic finished in first place at the meet and is now third in the ACC this season.
For the men, Iyin Battle set a personal-best in the hammer throw. On his sixth and final throw of the day, Battle threw the implement 186-7 (56.87) to finish atop the standings. The mark was good for second all-time at Duke and is fifth in the conference this season.
Making their 2018 debut were the Duke javelin throwers. Defending ACC champion Nicholas Solfanelli threw the javelin 203-2 (61.93) to finish in second place. Right behind him in third place was Michael Marsack who had a throw of 191-1 (58.26). In fifth and sixth place respectively were Kiegan Lenihan and Travis Closs.
In the men’s high jump, Bryant Lewis took the first individual victory of his collegiate career. The freshman from Holtsville, N.Y., cleared 6-3.25 (1.91) to finish atop the standings.
Rounding out the field events was Jack Maher taking second place in the men’s shot put after he had a throw of 48-9 (14.86).
Duke had four finishes in the top 10 of the men’s 3,000m, which was the only track event of the day for the Blue Devils. Michael Ungvarsky led the way, coming in fifth place with a time of 8:40.03. Right behind him in sixth place was Matt Luppino who clocked a time of 8:40.89. Finishing in eighth and ninth, respectively, to round out the Duke runners was Ethan Ready (9:01.89) and Adamson Bryant (9:02.94).
Full results from the meet can be found here.
Duke will be back in action on Wednesday when the Blue Devils travel to Austin, Texas for the Texas Relays.