RALEIGH, N.C. – Junior Austin Gamble picked up his second career All-ACC honor with a second place finish in the men’s discus to highlight day one of the 2013 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, April 18. Senior Mike Moverman also picked up All-ACC honors in the men’s 10,000 meters finishing third with a time of 30:06.35. He was joined by junior Brian Atkinson who finished sixth in the field by crossing the line in 30:20.86.
“I am really proud of Brian and Mike,” commented Duke Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilvie. “It was a slow pace early on. Brian made a go at it early on because that is pretty much what he has to do because he doesn’t have the last mile turnover that some of these other guys have. This was Mike’s first 10K of his career so to run 30:04 in his first time out is outstanding. He can’t wait to get in a second one. It has been a good year for him, earning All-ACC in cross country, in the indoor 5,000 and tonight. Not too many guys do that in the long distance races.”
In the discus throw, Gamble, a Weston, Fla., native’s best throw of the day measured 181-3 (55.25). He was competing in his first ACC Championships since 2011 after taking the year off to focus on football. Sophomore Stephen Boals also earned points for the Blue Devils with his seventh place finish and personal best mark measuring 166-8 (58.79).
“Taking the year off, I had to work on my consistency and I think I finally hit that today,” commented Gamble. “All of my throws were 54 meters and up. I know I can throw further. I am happy with today’s outcome but I am looking forward to the rest of the season.”
In the qualifying events, junior Jessie Rubin advanced to the women’s 1,500 finals after finishing eighth overall with a personal record time of 4:28.01. Juniors Brianna Welch and Rebecca Craigie also competed in the event finishing in 22nd and 24th place respectively.
In the men’s 1,500 prelims, sophomore Nate McClafferty crossed the line in a personal record 3:47.41 to finish in fifth place overall and advance to Saturday’s finals. Junior Dominick Robinson and freshman Thomas Meister finished in 17th and 19th place respectively.
Earlier in the day, redshirt freshman Karli Johonnot finished in second place after four events in the women’s heptathlon with 3,080 total points. The Las Vegas, Nev., native finished first in the women’s high jump clearing a personal best 5-10.5 (1.79). Junior Miray Seward sits in fourth place with 2,996 total points and earned a first place finish in the women’s shot put with a personal best mark of 39-7.75 (12.08). Finally, sophomore Baily Murphy is in 6th place overall with 2,946 points, earning her first place finish of the day in the 200 crossing the line in 24.67. The time was good enough to place her third on Duke’s all-time list.
After five events in the men’s decathlon, freshman Robert Rohner finished third overall with 3,746 points. The Sumter, S.C., native performed well in the running events, finishing in first place in both the 100 and 400. Sophomore Ian Rock also prepared to compete in the ten event competition but pulled up in the 100, the first event of the day, with an injured hamstring and was forced to remove himself from the competition.
In other events, Senior Andrea Hopkins finished fifth in the women’s javelin throw with a mark of 146-3 (44.57). In the women’s discus, Erica Brand finished sixth, earning a mark of 156-8 (47.75). The Shawnee, Kan., native fouled four out of her six attempts.
“We had some real positive signs today especially in the women’s pentathlon," commented Ogilvie. "Karli Johonnot looked really good in the high jump and Robert Rohner is off to a really good start in his first decathlon. Also, Austin Gamble had a great performance in the discus earning the All-ACC honors. It was a good day overall.”
The championships will continue tomorrow at Paul H. Derr Track. The schedule has been revised and pushed up due to inclement weather conditions. Please see the attached link for the revised schedule. A full recap will be available at www.GoDuke.com.