BLACKSBURG, Va. - Junior Miray Seward finished second in the women's pentathlon at the 2013 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships Thursday, February 21 in Blacksburg, Va. The Dunwoody, Ga., native set personal records in four out of five events to earn All-ACC honors and finish with a personal-best score of 3,784.
Seward's sole first place finish came in the shot put where she threw a personal best mark of 40-10.5 (12.46). Her other personal best marks came in the high jump where she cleared 5-5.0 (1.65), the long jump where she leaped 17-9.0 (5.41) and the 800 meters where she crossed the line in 2:27.91.
"As I started to warm up for the day I felt pretty good," commented Seward. "I was hoping for a hurdles pr but didn't get it. Then, for high jump when we were warming up I felt really good. I haven't felt that good high jumping since high school so that was really exciting. In the shot put, I couldn't tell how far I was throwing it because we were in a different spot than normal but it turned out I was throwing it to the 12 meter mark for my warm-ups and I was really excited to get the 12.46 on my last throw. I continued to do well with the getting a pr in the long jump too and then I pretty much had to run as fast as I could in the 800 to stay in second. I was able to break 2:30 which I've been trying to do for a while so a 2:27 was even better than I was hoping for."
Sophomore Baily Murphy finished fifth in her first conference championship pentathlon to pick up important points for the Blue Devils team score. The Belvidere, Ill., native set personal records in the 60m hurdles, the shot put and 800m run to give her a point total of 3,547 and earn her way onto Duke's all-time list.
Sophomore Ian Rock and freshman Robert Rohner also began competition in a very close men's heptathlon competition where after four events, the top five competitor's scores are within 100 points of one another. Rohner, who sits in fourth overall with 2,769 points finished first in the men's 60m dash, running a season-best time of 6.98, and the shot put where he earned a mark of 41-2.50 (12.56).
Rock finished the day in fifth place with 2,715 points with his best performances coming in the long jump where finished third with a leap of 21-8.25 (6.61) and the high jump clearing 6-1.5 (1.87) for fourth place. The Davis, Calif., native also earned a personal record in the 60m dash by completing the sprint in 7.31.
The heptathlon will wrap up tomorrow, Friday, at 11 a.m., with the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run. The field events will also begin tomorrow, starting off with the men's high jump at 12:30 p.m. while the track events begin at 2 p.m. A full recap will be available on www.GoDuke.com.