CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Day one of the combined events at the Dick Taylor UNC Challenge in Chapel Hill, N.C., proved record-breaking for the Duke track and field team. School records continued to fall as the Blue Devils competed against Western Carolina, North Carolina, East Carolina and North Carolina Wilmington for the Carolina Cup in the Eddie Smith Field House.
Redshirt sophomore Karli Johonnot returned to indoor competition after missing the 2013 indoor season due to injury by winning the pentathlon in convincing fashion Thursday night. The Las Vegas, Nev., native accrued 4,038 points en route to her win, a school record by 74 points. Teammate and redshirt sophomore Teddi Maslowski secured a second-place finish, collecting 3,852. Senior Miray Seward concluded competition in fifth place with an unconverted score of 3,471 points and junior Baily Murphy rounded out the Duke contingent with a sixth-place finish, scoring an unconverted 3,351 points. Duke’s Associate Head Track and Field Coach Shawn Wilbourn attributes the foursome’s work ethic and effort in practice to the multi-event athletes’ early success.
“We’ve been practicing well. I have a great group and they train well together. They push each other,” Wilbourn said.
Johonnot set the tone for the Blue Devils after recording a school record in the women’s high jump with a clearance of 5-11.50, (1.82). Johonnot broke the previous record of 5-11.25 (1.81), which stood since 2005. Johonnot improved on her previous personal-best of 5-10.50 (1.79) by clearing the event-winning height on her third attempt. Seward placed second for Duke, and third overall in the event, clearing a height of 5-3.25 (1.61). Maslowski, making her first appearance in the combined events since suffering a season-ending injury last year, tied with Seward, but accrued three more misses than her teammate. Murphy placed sixth in the event with a clearance of 5-1.00 (1.55).
Maslowski opened the day by winning the 60-meter hurdles after clocking an 8.85. Seward took second in the event, running a 9.01. Johonnot earned a fourth-place finish after running a time of 9.16 and Murphy placed sixth in a time of 9.38.
After two events, Johonnot led the pentathlon, accumulating 1,880 points, while Maslowski sat in third with 1,688 points. Seward and Murphy held fourth and sixth place, respectively, with point totals of 1,655 and 1,510.
One event after her record-setting performance, Johonnot saw another personal best fall. Johonnot won her second event of the evening in the shot put with a mark of 41-3.00 (12.57), improving on her previous best effort of 35-8.5 (10.88). Seward earned a second-place finish with a distance of 36-7.75 (11.17), while Murphy placed fifth overall with a throw of 32-7.50 (9.94). Maslowski threw for 31-8.50 (9.66), placing her seventh in the event.
With two events remaining, Johonnot earned a second-place finish in the long jump, posting a mark of 17-11.5 (5.47) and once again improving on a personal-best by half an inch. Maslowski won the event after recording a jump of 18-6.5 (5.65), another personal best for the Burgettstown, Pa., native.
Johonnot guaranteed her first-place finish after placing fourth in the 800m run, the final event of the evening. The former ACC Indoor Champion in the pentathlon concluded her day of competition by covering 800m in a time of 2:25.80. Maslowski won the final event in a time of 2:20.64, while Murphy placed sixth in a time of 2:30.46. Seward ended her day with a time of 2:40.47.
After day one of competition, redshirt senior Curtis Beach leads the men’s heptathlon, scoring 2,991 points over four events. Sophomore Robert Rohner, the original leader after two events, remains in second with 2,955 points, while junior Ian Rock scored 2,766 on Thursday.
“We have the guys sitting in a good position as far as the dual meet here with Carolina,” Wilbourn said. “We’ll try to get them through tomorrow and finish out.”
The men’s heptathlon opened with Rohner running a personal-best time of 6.94 in the 60m dash, tying for fifth on Duke’s all-time list at the distance. Beach placed third in the same event, finishing in a time of 7.24. Rock earned a fifth-place finish with a time of 7.39, closing out the Duke competitors in the event.
Beach asserted himself in the second event of the heptathlon, posting a mark of 23-7.25 (7.19) in the long jump and placing the Albuquerque, N.M., native in first by well over a foot. Rohner, placing second, saw a huge personal-record after jumping 22-4.50 (6.82), an improvement of eight and a half inches from his previous personal best. Rock placed fourth in the long jump after jumping 21-8.25 (6.61).
After two events, Rohner led with 1675 points, while Beach followed closely in second with 1658. Rock remained in fifth with 1472 points.
Rohner won his second event of the day after posting a 41-10.50 (12.76) mark in the shot put, once again eclipsing a previous personal-best of 41-2.50 (12.56). Beach followed closely behind, recording a throw of 40-6.25 (12.35) to place second. Rock earned a fifth-place finish with a 35-6.75 (10.84) effort.
Rock continued the Duke win-streak, capturing the high jump, the fourth and final event of the evening, with a clearance of 6-4.75 (1.95). Beach placed third overall, clearing 6-2.25 (1.89). Rohner earned another personal-best mark after posting a 5-10.75 (1.80), his fourth personal best performance of the day.
Duke leads by a score of 21-6 over North Carolina after the completion of the first women’s event, providing a boost for the Blue Devils heading into the second day of competition.
“We started off the weekend in the multis with a huge point advantage going into tomorrow,” Wilbourn said.
The men’s heptathlon continues tomorrow at 3 p.m., opening with the 60-meter hurdles. The first field event of the day begins at 5 p.m. with the men’s weight throw, while the track events begin at 6 p.m. with the men’s 60-meter hurdles. For full results, visit here.