BOSTON, Mass. - Duke’s indoor track squad had several strong performances in Boston at the Terrier Classic on Friday and Saturday. At Boston University’s Track and Tennis Center, 10 individual Blue Devils and three relay teams qualified for the postseason and one Duke record was broken.
Women’s: Most of the women’s events took place on Friday afternoon and evening, and senior captain Allison Stankavage started off Duke’s success at the meet in the 500m. Stankavage ran the event in a time of 1:15.65 and placed fourth, qualifying her for the ECAC’s in March.
Juniors Molly Lehman and Maddie McKeever both earned ECAC bids in the mile run on Friday afternoon in Boston. Lehman clocked in at 4:51.04 in second place and McKeever crossed the finish line in 4:57.37 for a seventh place finish. It was the second event that Lehman has qualified for the ECAC’s this season.
The 1,000m featured sophomore Emily Sherrard for the Blue Devils. Sherrard came in under the ECAC standard with a time of 2:56.19 and took third place.
Freshman Emily Schwitzer made her collegiate indoor track debut on Friday night at Boston University and came up big with an ECAC-qualifying mark in the 3,000m. Schwitzer ran the event in 9:51.73 and placed 15th.
On Saturday morning, two Duke 4x800m relay teams qualified for the ECAC’s in Boston. Coming in first place in a time of 9:11.01 was junior Jessica Davlin, sophomore Christen Harsha, McKeever and sophomore Katie Doswell. Right behind them in third place with a clocking of 9:17.08 was Lehman, freshman Devotia Moore, Sherrard and junior captain Anna Farias-Eisner.
Men’s: The men’s only event on Friday was a good one, as the distance medley relay team of senior captain John Brockardt, senior captain Matt Danforth, senior Peter Lewellen and freshman Cory Nanni won the event in a time of 10:01.40. It marked the second straight year the Duke won the DMR at the Terrier Classic and qualified the quartet for the IC4A’s in March.
Danforth and Lewellen upped the ante on Saturday afternoon in the 500m. Lewellen placed 11th with an IC4A-qualifying time of 1:04.84 and Danforth was right on his heels with a 12th place finish in 1:04.99, also qualifying for the IC4A’s. It was Lewellen’s second time qualifying for the IC4A’s in the 500m this season.
In the 800, Brockardt placed sixth in a time of 1:54.09. That earned him an IC4A bid, making it the second event he has done that in this year.
Nanni continued his strong weekend with his run in the 1,000m. He qualified for the IC4A’s by clocking in a 2:27.84 and placing fifth.
Wrapping up the dominant weekend for the Blue Devils was senior captain Chris Spooner in the 3,000m. Spooner kicked off his indoor season by taking ninth place in an IC4A qualifying time of 8:11.48. He put the exclamation point on his performance and the weekend by breaking a four-year old Duke record in the event by three seconds.
The Duke Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Team will next compete Feb. 1 and 2 in the Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C.