DURHAM, N.C. - Duke hosted the annual twilight meet Sunday, the last meet before many of its athletes move into the IC4A/ECAC and NCAA championship. Many Blue Devil athletes saw success in one of the final competitions of the 2011 season.
Freshman Michelle Anumba returned to winning form, taking first place in the hammer throw with a toss of 172’5” and the shot put, going 50’4.5”. Michael Barbas had a strong outing winning the men’s shot with a throw of 56’10.75”. David Piccirilli, in his final competition in the Duke blue took fourth in the hammer with a 172’8” throw. Austin Gamble also captured fourth in the men’s discus with a 161’5” mark. On the women’s side, Erica Brand took second at the meet, throwing 150’7”.
Also returning to winning form was freshman Tanner Anderson. Anderson cleared seven feet for the first time this outdoor season with a leap of 7’0.5” beating out a field that included three seven foot jumpers. Teammate Michael Krone took third with his leap of 6’8.25”.
In the pole vault, Emily Mattoon launched herself into the record books with a 12’5.5” vault. She now sits as the fifth best pole vaulter to ever don a Duke uniform.
On the track, Matt Pridemore moved himself to NO.3 all time in the Duke record books with a 48.17 effort in the 400m. Also moving up in the all time ranks was sophomore LaCresha Styles, whose 12.20 100m time is the second fastest all time run at Duke. Teammate Deirdre Anglin-Stone ran Duke’s fourth fastest all-time 100 in 12.55.
Closing out the meet for the Blue Devils, Phil Fairleigh won the men’s 5k in 14.37.10.
Those who qualified will travel to Princeton next weekend for the IC4A/ECAC championships. The champions date back to before the foundation of the NCAA and grant athletes the opportunity to be crowned All-East.