DURHAM, N.C. – Members of the men’s and women’s Duke track and field team are set to compete at the 87th running of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas. The four-day meet, which begins Wednesday, March 26, and runs until Saturday, March 29, includes some of the top high school and collegiate programs in the country, with 232 collegiate teams expected to attend the competition.
The Blue Devils open the meet with five individuals entered in the multi-event competitions. Redshirt sophomores Karli Johonnot and Teddi Maslowski compete in their first heptathlon of the 2014 season while redshirt senior Curtis Beach, junior Ian Rock and sophomore Robert Rohner are looking to participate in their first decathlon this season. Johonnot and Maslowski open with the 100-meter hurdles on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.*, while Beach, Rock and Rohner step into the blocks for the 100m dash at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday. Maslowski returns to competition less than a week after breaking the school record in the long jump, while Beach looks to defend his 2013 Texas Relays decathlon title.
On Thursday, in addition to the conclusion of the heptathlon and the decathlon, field events commence for a number of Duke’s field competitors. Redshirt sophomore Thomas Lang looks to improve on his impressive 2014 javelin debut, competing in the event at 2 p.m. Lang won the javelin and recorded the second-farthest javelin throw in school history with a mark of 220-3.00 (67.13) at the Carolina Relays. Joining Lang in the throwing events on Thursday is sophomore Michael Foley, who is entered in the hammer throw, which is set for a 3:30 p.m. start. Freshman Christine Streisel, competing in the women’s javelin, is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. Senior Justin Amezquita rounds out the Duke contingent competing on Thursday, taking to the pole vault runway at 3:45 p.m. for the first time since his seventh-place finish at the conference championships March 1.
The Blue Devils take to the track on Friday with a 4x100 comprised of junior Alexis Roper, freshman Madeline Kopp and juniors Lauren Hansson and Elizabeth Kerpon. Last week, the Duke women’s 4x100 ran the second-fastest time in school history after clocking a time of 46.05. Three of the four relay members from last week’s 4x100 are set to compete for Duke on Friday. The Duke 4x400 also steps onto the track Friday, with all four members of the women’s 4x100 also competing in the 4x400. The 4x100 and 4x400 start at 9:35 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively.
Friday also sees Duke competitors participating in field events, including the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Athlete of the Week and ACC Performer of the Week Megan Clark, who leads the nation in the pole vault. Clark faces stout competition in Texas, with Texas pole vaulter Kaitlin Petrillose, the 2014 NCAA indoor pole vault champion, also qualified for the event. Clark begins the pole vault at 8:15 p.m.
In the jumps, senior Tanner Anderson and redshirt junior Michael Krone are set to compete in the high jump on Friday. Anderson comes off an outstanding indoor season that saw the Valdese, N.C., native place eighth in the event at the national championships.
In the throws, redshirt senior Austin Gamble, a Weston, Fla., native, hopes to continue his early season success after winning the discus at the Carolina Relays in Chapel Hill, N.C. Gamble enters the competition with a season-best discus mark of 173-2.00 (52.79). Redshirt sophomore Stephen Boals, also a first-place finisher at the Carolina Relays after winning the shot put, returns to the event in Austin. Boals posted a distance of 55-10.50 (17.03). The discus begins at 10 a.m., while the shot put starts at 1 p.m.
The meet concludes Saturday, with freshman Amarie Bremel stepping into the discus circle at 10 a.m. Bremel recorded two throws over the 40-meter mark last week at the Carolina Relays.
Roper, Kopp, Hansson and Kerpon close competition on the track for the Blue Devils, entering the 4x200m relay at 12:10 p.m.
Please see the link above for a full schedule of events.
*All times listed in Central Time