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Matt Wisner
Blue Devils Conclude Time at NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/08/2019
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Sophomore Erin Marsh and junior Matt Wisner represented the Duke track & field program at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships Friday evening in Birmingham, Ala., as both Blue Devils garnered second team All-America accolades with their performances.

Marsh competed in the pentathlon and placed 16th with 3,883 points while Wisner’s time of 1:49.88 in the 800m prelims notched him 11th overall.

Marsh was the first competing Blue Devil in Alabama and kicked off the pentathlon this afternoon with a fourth-place finish in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.42, which is .02 seconds off her personal-best. In the high jump, the Buford, Ga., native tied her personal-best with 1.75m to take ninth, which is the third-best height in program history for indoors. Her clearance is also her best high jump performance in the pentathlon. Marsh placed 12th in the shot put competition with a personal-best mark of 11.33m before her 5.48m leap in long jump to place 16th. In the last event of the pentathlon, Marsh clocked in at 2:35.92 in the 800m to secure second-team All-America honors for the first time in her Duke career with 3,883 points.

Erin Marsh had a spectacular start to her day,” head coach Norm Ogilvie said. “After three events, she had her highest score ever. After having eight personal-bests in a row, it’s deflating when one doesn’t go well. This was her first NCAA meet ever as a sophomore and it was tough to keep her focus. She gave it a really gutsy effort. I’m very proud of her. In future NCAA competitions, she’ll get it done and it’s great to have this experience early in her career.”

Wisner took the track in the prelims of the 800m and clocked in at 1:49.88 to finish in 11th. At the 400m mark, Wisner’s time was 52.9 seconds, the fastest 400m he’s run in any previous 800m. Wisner passed three competitors in the final lap and placed fourth in his heat. The Carlisle, Pa., native garnered second team All-America accolades for the first time in his Duke career with his performance.

“Matt ran faster than he ever did before at the 400m,” Ogilvie said. “I told him he would have to do that in this field, but I think he was shocked at how fast the split was. He kept his composure and just missed the final. If he had been one position further up, he would’ve made the final which would have been a tremendous accomplishment for him. He had the best season of his career and we’re looking forward to the outdoor season. We’re looking at putting him in the 1,500m, where he will be even more dangerous with his kick.”

With the indoor portion of the season in the books, the Blue Devils will open the outdoor season at the High Point Invitational March 22-23 in High Point, N.C.

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Erin Marsh | 16th, 3883 pts.

60m Hurdles

High Jump

Shot Put

Long Jump

800m

4th, 8.42

9th, 1.75m | tied PR

12th, 11.33m

16th, 5.48m

16th, 2:35.92

 

Matt Wisner

800m – Prelims

11th, 1:49.88

 

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