DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke record books continue to be rewritten for the school’s track and field team, as an individual competitor and a relay team set program records on Saturday afternoon at both the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York, N.Y., and the Virginia Tech Elite Meet in Blacksburg, Va. The Duke men’s track and field team posted an impressive third-place finish after scoring 43 points in the two-day event in New York. The fifth-ranked Wisconsin team won the Armory Collegiate Invitational while No. 15 Mississippi State placed second as a team.
“It’s without question, through the first month of the season, our best start ever,” Duke’s Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilvie said. “We’re off to a great start, for both the men’s and women’s programs. Things are really coming together for us. We’re pretty fired up.”
Sophomore Michal Filipczak proved he was primed for a record-setting performance after running a converted 800-meter time of 1:50.51 at the Dick Taylor UNC Challenge two weeks earlier. Filipczak did not disappoint, setting a school record in the same event at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York with a time of 1:50.24. Filipczak placed sixth overall in the event.
Not to be outdone, the foursome of juniors Lauren Hansson, Alexis Roper, Elizabeth Kerpon and freshman Madeline Kopp bested Duke’s previous school record of 3:40.34 by finishing first in their heat and fifth overall in the 4x400 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational with a time of 3:39.97. Hansson led off with a 55.7 split before Kopp ran the second leg in 54.6. Roper received the baton before finishing the third leg in 55.7 and Kerpon closed the relay with an anchor leg time of 53.7.
Junior Nate McClafferty remains undefeated in the mile this season after winning the event at the Armory Collegiate Invitational with a time of 4:09.26. After going through the 800 in 2:08, the Wernersville, Pa., native closed in a 2:01 second 800, including a sub-60 final quarter, to win his third mile of the season.
In the field events, redshirt junior Michael Krone matched his season best mark of 6-10.75 (2.10) Saturday in New York, scoring in the championship high jump with an eighth-place finish.
Sophomore Megan Clark, the current school record holder in the pole vault, improved on her previous best mark of 14-0.00 (4.27) in Virginia Saturday afternoon, posting a clearance of 14-3.50 (4.36). The height ranked the Fort Benning, Ga., native first in the nation in the event at the time of her clearing the height. Clark’s performance comes one week after she received the first ACC Co-Performer of the Week award of her career for her 14-0.00 (4.27) effort at the Hilton Garden Innvitational in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Seniors Christian Britto and Spencer Pecha added their names to the contingent of Blue Devil harriers to qualify for the conference championship in the 5,000 after posting times of 14:36.69 and 14:51.01, respectively, in the event at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet. Britto won the event, while Pecha placed third overall.
Senior Erica Brand represented Duke in the field events at the Virginia Tech Elite meet, placing third in the shot put on Saturday with a personal-best mark of 49-7.75 (15.13). Brand led the Blue Devils in the event, whileredshirt senior Michelle Anumba placing fourth with a throw of 49-3.00 (15.01). Redshirt freshman Urina Harrell rounded out Duke's competitors, placing ninth with a mark of 46-6.75 (14.19).
The Blue Devils return to competition next weekend, traveling to Ames, Iowa, for the Iowa State Classic and New York, N.Y., for the prestigious Millrose Games.