DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke track and field program named its captains for the 2018-19 campaign selecting 11 athletes—six women and five men—which was announced by Director of track and field Norm Ogilvie.
“We look forward to this outstanding group of young leaders to inspire the Duke track and field team in 2019,” said Ogilvie. “We have a great mix of captains across the event areas.”
On the women’s side, Olivia Gwynn, MacKenzie Kerr, Liz Lansing, Jaida Lemmons, Laura Marty and Domonique Panton were each named captains. Gwynn, a distance runner who also serves as the co-captain of the women’s cross country team, posted the team’s best time of the season at the ACC Indoor Championships a season ago in the 3,000m run, clocking a time of 9:53.60, while also competing with the distance medley relay squad at the conference championship which finished 11th.
Kerr, a senior sprinter, earned First Team All-ACC honors last season as a member of the 4x400m relay team that finished second at the ACC Indoor Championships, which was the second such honor of her career. She was also a member of 4x400 relay team that recorded the two fastest times in Duke history with a 3:32.21 at the NCAA East Regional and 3:32.26 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where she earned Second Team All-America honors in the relay.
Lansing, also a co-captain for the women’s cross country squad, posted a personal-best performance at the ACC Outdoor Championships last season, clocking a time of 2:11.00. Lemmons was a star in the heptathlon for the Blue Devils in 2018. Her third-place finish in the heptathlon at the ACC Outdoor Championships last season is the third-best finish in program history and earned her All-ACC First Team Laurels for the second-consecutive season.
Marty, a junior pole vaulter who owns the fourth-best mark in school history, wrapped her sophomore season with a second-straight trip to the NCAA Championships and earning her second All-America honor with the highest finish of her career in 2018 with a mark of 13-7.25 (4.15) to record All-America Second Team laurels. Panton also saw success during the 2018 campaign, which was highlighted by her record-breaking triple jump at the ACC Indoor Championships, clearing 41-8.75 (12.72) to extend her Duke record and earn a bronze medal along with First Team All-ACC honors.
On the men’s side, Miles Mingo, Nikhil Pulimood, Rivers Ridout, Michael Ungvarsky and Matt Wisner will serve as captains. Mingo, a sophomore sprinter, helped the sprint medley relay team earn its highest finish in a Championship of America race, finishing fourth in the Sprint Medley Relay Championship of America Invitational with a time of 3:16.52 to break the oldest Duke record in school history by nearly six seconds, which was set in 1971.
Pulimood, a senior distance runner who also serves as the captain of the men’s cross country team, enjoyed a solid year a season ago which was highlighted by a lifetime best performance in the 3,000m at the ACC Indoor Championships, clocking a time of 8:20.95. Ridout, a senior jumper, jumped 7-0.50 (2.15) outdoors, and 7-0.25 (2.14) indoors—the No. 2 indoor mark in school history. Ungvarsky, also a member of the cross country team, qualified for the ACC Outdoor Championships in the 3,000m steeplechase last season, clocking a time of 9:29.26.
Wisner, a junior middle distance runner, owns the Duke all-time record in the indoor 800m. He notched personal-bests in both the 800m and the 1,500m last season, including the fourth-fastest outdoor 800m in Duke history at the Duke Invitational with a time of 1:48.04. Wisner advanced to the second round of the NCAA East Regional 800m, and was All-ACC both indoors and outdoors in the 800m.
The 2019 track and field season will kick off for Duke at the Carolina Cup on Saturday, Jan. 12 in Chapel Hill, N.C.