BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Duke men’s and women’s track and field team concluded day one of competition at the Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Va., with solid performances both on the track and in the field. A number of personal records fell for members of the track and field teams, one week out from the conference championship meet.
Two multi-event athletes opened Friday’s competition in the track events with strong showings in the 60-meter hurdles. Redshirt sophomore Teddi Maslowski posted a personal-best time of 8.68 in the preliminary round of the event, which qualified the Burgettstown, Pa., native for the final, however Maslowski did not participate. For the men, redshirt senior Curtis Beach reached the finals of the 60m hurdles after placing fifth in a season-best time of 8.28. Beach also did not participate in the final.
Senior Marcus Wright matched a season-best time of 7.07 in the preliminary round of the 60m dash, qualifying him for the finals. Wright followed the effort with a personal-best mark of 7.00 in the finals, earning the Cheshire, Conn., native a fourth-place finish overall. Wright became the second Blue Devil to run seven-seconds or faster in the 60 this season.
Junior Brian Schoepfer earned his first victory of the season Friday evening, winning the mile in a personal-best time of 4:07.37. Schoepfer’s finishing time shattered his previous personal best of 4:12.03. Graduate student Mike Moverman, Duke’s record holder at 5,000m indoor, placed third in the event, clocking a time of 4:08.62, also setting a personal record.
Senior Ashley Berry set a personal-best 3,000m time Friday evening, placing second overall after clocking a time of 9:57.22. Berry’s time bettered her previous best of 9:57.62 run earlier this season.
The Duke women also saw personal records fall in the 200 after junior Lauren Hansson and freshman Madeline Kopp ran times of 24.41 and 24.53, respectively. Hansson placed third overall while Kopp earned a fourth-place finish.
The men’s 4x800m relay of sophomores Jon Michael Hilsheimer and Dylan Newman and juniors Brian Schoepfer and Kyle Moran closed Friday’s competition on the track with a first-place time of 7:42.30. Hilsheimer led off with a 1:56.4 leg before Newman took the baton as the second leg and finished in a time of 1:54.0. Schoepfer, following a personal-record in the mile earlier on Friday, ran a third-leg time of 1:56.0 before Moran anchored the relay in a time of 1:55.0.
In the field events, senior Michelle Anumba posted a distance of 55-6.25 (16.92) in the weight throw, earning a fourth-place finish in the event. For the men, sophomore Michael Foley recorded a mark of 51-5.50 (15.68), placing sixth overall. Foley has thrown over the 50-foot barrier in all four of his weight-throw appearances this season.
Duke returns to competition Saturday morning at 11 a.m. with the women’s high jump. Live results of the meet are available at the link above.