AUSTIN, Texas/ STANFORD, Calif./RALEIGH, N.C. – Senior Austin Gamble broke his own school record in the men’s discus throw with a personal best mark of 182-04 (55.58) at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Friday, March 29. Several other Blue Devils set personal records in Texas, California and North Carolina in the action-packed day across the country.
Gamble had two solid throws in the first rounds of competition to qualify him for the finals. He threw his record breaking mark on his fifth attempt after fouling in both his third and fourth rounds. The mark was good enough for him to finish second in the field and likely qualify him for the NCAA First Round.
Senior pole vaulter, Emily Mattoon also had a record setting day by clearing 13-1.75 (4.01), placing her third overall and fourth on Duke’s all-time list. The San Diego, Calif., native cleared the height on her third and final attempt. She was joined by freshman Megan Clark who finished tied for 11th with a top clearance of 12-2 (3.71).
The women’s 4x400 meter relay team consisting of senior Cydney Ross and sophomores Baily Murphy, Elizabeth Kerpon and Lauren Hansson crossed the line in 3:43.39 to finish in 19th place overall and fifth on the all-time list.
At the Stanford Invitational, senior Esther Vermeer started off the night in thewest by competing in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase. She finished 16th in her section with a time of 10:38.70.
Junior Gabby Levac earned her way onto Duke’s all-time list in the 5,000m running a time of 16:13.67 to finish fifth overall. Senior Megan Deakins also competed in the event and finished in 19th place.
In the final event at the Stanford Invitational, senior Ashley Brasovan clocked a time of 35:41.32 in the 10,000m to finish 26th in her section.
The Raleigh Relays also commenced today with several Blue Devils making the short trip to the NC State hosted event. Highlighting the day for Duke was the two-three finish of sophomore Nate McClafferty and senior Dominick Robinson in the men’s 1,500m. McClafferty clocked a time of 3:52.10 while Robinson set a new personal record by finishing right behind him in 3:52.28.
In the women’s 1,500m, freshman Anima Banks ran the fastest time for the Blue Devils by completing the distance in 4:23.26 and ninth place overall. Later in the evening, junior Jessie Rubin finished second in her section in the women’s 5,000m, crossing the line in 16:36.11.
The Duke men’s sprint medley relay team finished fourth in the field with an overall time of 3:24.41. The quartet also placed fourth on Duke's all-time list and consisted of senior Marcus Wright, junior Ben Raskin, sophomore Kyle Moran and freshman Robert Rohner. On the women’s side, sophomore Alexis Roper ran a collegiate personal best 57.60 in the women’s 400m to finish 43rd in the field.
The Blue Devil’s action packed week of competition will come to a close Saturday. A full recap will be available at the end of each competition day on www.GoDuke.com.