CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Duke Blue Devils competed in the Texas Roadhouse Carolina Classic on Friday and Saturday at the Eddie Smith Field House at the University of North Carolina. Five competitors in field and multi-events led the way for Duke.
Women’s: In the pentathlon on Friday, sophomore Karolina Haraldsdottir placed third out of 12 with a score of 3,126. She was just off the ECAC standard of 3,450. The pentathlon consists of the 60m hurdles, 800m, high jump, long jump and shot put.
Freshman Amy Fryt pole vaulted to the fifth-best mark in school history on Saturday morning at Chapel Hill. Her mark of 11’-7.75” placed her fourth was just short of the ECAC qualifying height of 11’-9.73.”
In other track and field news, former Duke pole vaulter and U.S. Olympian Jillian Schwartz won the pole vault with a career best 15’-2.25” at the Millrose Games on Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. Schwartz defeated the current U.S. record-holder and a former Olympic champion in her biggest victory in years, putting her on track to qualify for her second straight Olympics this summer. She still holds the Duke record in the pole vault at 14’-2.0.”
Men’s: On Friday night, sophomore Sid Palas equaled his personal best of 15’-5.0” in the pole vault, finishing third at the Carolina Classic. The IC4A standard is 15’-9.0.”
The best performance of the weekend for the Blue Devils was sophomore Mike Schallmo in the shot put on Saturday morning. His sixth-place toss of 52’-4.75” was not only his personal best, but the third longest mark in school history. Schallmo qualified for the IC4A’s for the second time in the shot put this season.
In the heptathlon for the Blue Devils on Friday and Saturday was freshman Matthew Hoyle. His score of 3,679 placed him eighth and was the third-best mark in the Duke records. The heptathlon consists of the 60m, 60m hurdles, 1000m, high jump, long jump, shot put and pole vault.
The Duke Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Team will next compete Feb. 8 and 9 in the Armory Collegiate Invitational at New York, N.Y., and in the Virginia Tech Invitational at Blacksburg, Va.