Princeton, N.J. - Both the men's and women's Blue Devil track and field teams are leading the competition at the end of Day one of the IC4A/ECAC Championships in Princeton N.J.. Duke women lead the field with 31 overall points after four completed events Friday evening, while the men lead with total of 21 points after three completed events.
"It was a good evening for us and a great start to the weekend," Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilvie commented. "Erica Brand had a fantastic night with the win and our distance runners really dominated the competition. The women's squad has set itself up really well to earn a repeat team title."
The Blue Devil women started the afternoon strong and never looked back. Brand took home the Blue Devil's first win of the meet in the women's discus. The Shawnee, Kan., native threw an impressive 168-08 (51.41) on her first throw of the competition and blew the rest of the field away by nearly ten feet. She also owned the three biggest throws of the event.
On the track, Duke placed three runners in the top five of the women's 5,000 meters, all earning All-East honors. Senior Carly Seymour led the charge with a second place finish in a time of 16:31.23. Senior Megan Deakins followed close behind her in third place with a time of 16:32.04 while sophomore Madeline Morgan finished in a time of 16:33.90 which was good enough for fifth place.
"The women showed great team racing during the women's 5K. Excellent job by them."
To close out the women's first day of competition junior Kayla Hale earned All-East and finished sixth in the women's 10,000 by crossing the line in a time of 35:51.74.
The men also produced some impressive results with sophomore Domenick DeMatteo and senior Andrew Brodeur earning All-East and finishing in second and fourth place in the men's 5,000. DeMatteo took the lead on the final lap but was unable to fend off the kick from Everett Hackett of George Mason. He completed the distance in 14:06.37 while Brodeur finished in 14:15.23.
In the men's 3K steeplechase, freshman Shaun Thompson finished strong in sixth place with a time of 9:01.59 which also earned him All-East. However, the race was not as smooth for junior Dominick Robinson who fell on the first barrier and completed the event in 9:23.43 and in 25th place.
To close out the night, sophomore Brian Atkinson finished the 10,000 in 30:14.05, an 11 second personal record, and good enough for third place and the overall men's team lead.
"Brian ran a great race, probably the best race he has run at Duke."
Action will continue tomorrow at William Weaver Track & Field Stadium beginning at 9 a.m. with the conclusion of the multi-events. A full recap will be available on www.GoDuke.com.