PHILADELPHIA – The 120th running of the Penn Relays opened Thursday in Philadelphia, Pa., with a strong showing from numerous members of Duke’s track and field team. Duke concluded Thursday with four top-10 finishes after day one.
The women’s distance medley relay team of sophomore Anima Banks, freshman Madeline Kopp, junior Abby Farley and freshman Haley Meier placed seventh in a time of 11:18.29. The finishing time was the fifth-fastest in school history. Banks led off the relay with a 1,200 time of 3:28.95, handing the baton to Kopp in fifth place. Kopp was one of five 400-meter legs to break 54 seconds, clocking a split of 53.42 before Farley received the baton. Farley found herself between the lead pack of four and the chase pack, running 800m in 2:09.56. Meier closed the relay with a mile time of 4:46.38.
Senior Christian Britto registered nearly a six-second personal-best in the 3,000m steeplechase Thursday evening, placing second in the Olympic Development section of the event with a time of 9:06.67. Britto, who previously owned a personal-best time of 9:12.30, narrowly missed winning the event, finishing less than half a second behind the first-place finisher.
In the women’s steeplechase, senior Ashley Berry earned a personal-best of her own, finishing tenth in a time of 10:38.85. Berry’s previous personal-best stood at 10:40.51, while her season-best mark of 10:42.26 came at the Raleigh Relays.
The women’s javelin saw freshman Christine Streisel place seventh after registering a mark of 153-2.00 (46.69). The distance is the fifth time this season the Tamaqua, Pa., native sent the javelin over 147-7.00 (45.00).
Sophomore Megan Clark found herself competing in gusting winds as she placed sixth in the college women’s pole vault championship after clearing 13-5.25 (4.10). Clark opened by easily clearing 11-11.75 (3.65) on her first attempt. As the competition continued, Clark posted clearances at 12-5.50 (3.80), 12-9.50 (3.90), 13-1.50 (4.00) and 13-5.25 (4.10). On her first attempt at 13-9.25 (4.20), Clark’s pole shattered. The Fort Benning, Ga., native was unable to clear the height on three subsequent attempts.
Redshirt sophomore Teddi Maslowski opened competition on the track for the Blue Devils after clocking a time of 1:01.49 in the 400-meter hurdles. Maslowski placed third in her section and 24th out of 52 competitors. The Burgettstown, Pa., native nearly matched her personal-best time of 1:01.38, which ranks second on Duke’s all-time list.
Later in the day, Maslowski returned to competition, placing 11th in the college women’s long jump with a mark of 18-10.75 (5.76). Maslowski, Duke’s current school record holder in the event, saw the 11th-place mark come on her second attempt.
The Blue Devils return to competition tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. with the redshirt sophomore Stephen Boals scheduled to compete in the discus.