AUSTIN, TEXAS – Duke opened the 87th running of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays with the first day of the multi-events competition Wednesday in Austin, Texas. Two members of the Duke women’s track and field team competed in the heptathlon, while three members of the men’s program appeared in the decathlon.
Redshirt sophomores Teddi Maslowski and Karli Johonnot, representing Duke in the women’s heptathlon, currently sit in fourth and 12th place, respectively, after day one of competition. Johonnot accumulated 3,311 points while Maslowski closed day one with 3,100 points. Johonnot remains 131 points behind first place while Maslowski trails by 342 points with three events remaining.
Johonnot and Maslowski opened the seven-event contest with the 100-meter hurdles. Maslowski finished fourth in the event after running a personal-best time of 14.02, while Johonnot, also running a personal-best time, placed 18th after crossing the line in a time of 14.88.
In the second event of the heptathlon, the high jump, Johonnot once again excelled, winning the event with an effort of 5-10.00 (1.78). Johonnot remained perfect at heights of 5-3.00 (1.60), 5-4.25 (1.63), 5-5.25 (1.66) and 5-6.50 (1.69) before missing once at 5-7.75 (1.72). After clearing the height on her second attempt, Johonnot posted marks of 5-8.75 (1.75) and 5-10 (1.78), both on first attempts, to win the event. Maslowski cleared the opening height of 4-7.75 (1.42), 4-9.00 (1.45), 4-10.25 (1.48) and 4-11.50 (1.51), all on first attempts, before missing at 5-0.50 (1.54) on three consecutive attempts.
Johonnot followed her strong performance in the high jump with a fourth-place showing in the shot put. Johonnot recorded a distance of 39-3.00 (11.96) on her first and third attempts en route to her fourth-place finish. Maslowski, after fouling on her first two attempts, registered a distance of 33-10.75 (10.33) on her third and final attempt, placing 17th in the event.
Maslowski closed day one of the heptathlon on a high note, placing first in the 200m dash after clocking a personal-best time of 24.42. Johonnot concluded day one with a 12th-place finish in the event, running a time of 25.49.
The trio of redshirt senior Curtis Beach, junior Ian Rock and sophomore Robert Rohner also opened competition with the first five events of the decathlon. Beach returns to the Texas Relays as the reigning decathlon champion.
After five events, Beach amassed 3,821 points, placing him sixth overall and 248 points behind first place. Rohner, who sits 282 points behind first place, accumulated 3,787 points and sits in eighth. Rock, Duke’s third and final decathlete, scored 3,584 points, 485 points behind first place, and remains in 16th following one day of competition.
In the first event of the day, Rohner demolished his previous personal best 100m time of 10.75 by finishing in a time of 10.45. Rohner not only won the event by over a tenth of a second, he also placed himself third on Duke’s all-time list. Beach opened the defense of his title with a sixth-place finish and a time of 10.88 while Rock rounded out the Duke contingent with a 13th-place finish and a personal-best time of 11.09, nearly three-tenths of a second faster than his previous personal record.
Beach took the second event of the decathlon, the long jump, after leaping out to 23-10.00 (7.26) on his second attempt. Rock, also on his second attempt, recorded a mark of 22-0.25 (6.71), good enough for 13th place, and Rohner posted a distance of 21-4.25 (6.51) on his third and final attempt.
Beach once again led the Duke competitors in the third event of the competition, the shot put, following an effort of 40-0.50 (12.20), placing him 14th. Rohner could not improve on his first attempt of the event, 39-5.00 (12.01), which earned him a 16th place finish. Rock saw his best distance of the day come on his third and final attempt, sending the shot 36-4.25 (11.08), placing him 22nd.
In the penultimate event of the day, the high jump, Rock placed 12th with a clearance of 6-0.50 (1.84), while Rohner and Beach placed 14th and 17th. Rohner cleared 5-11.25 (1.81) on his first attempt, while Beach, also registering a mark of 5-11.25 (1.81), cleared the height on his third attempt.
Rohner ran a time of 49.09 in the 400m dash, the final event of day one. The time placed Rohner second overall. Beach finished one place behind Rohner, in third, with a finishing time of 50.28, while Rock earned a sixth-place finish with a time of 50.65.
The women resume action tomorrow at 11:40 a.m.* with the long jump. The men return to action with the 110m hurdles scheduled for 10 a.m. Numerous Duke track and field members also being competition Thursday in the field events.
*All times in Central Time