CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Duke track and field goes one-two in the women’s pole vault at the 2013 Virginia Challenge Saturday May 11. Freshman Megan Clark cleared a personal-best 13-7.25 (4.15) for the win while senior Emily Mattoon set her own personal record by clearing 13-5.25 (4.10).
In other field events, redshirt freshman Stephen Boals claimed first in the men’s shot put with his best throw of the day measuring 56-2.5 (17.13).
On the track, in the men’s 10,000, senior Mike Moverman and junior Brian Atkinson both broke thirty minutes for the first time in their careers with Moverman finishing in third with a time of 29:39.49 and Atkinson finishing seventh in 29:56.70. Most importantly, Moverman’s time qualified him for the NCAA East First Round.
Three personal records fell in the men’s 1,500 meter run with redshirt senior James Kostelnik crossing the line in 3:45.68, which was good enough for 13th place, sophomore Brian Schoepfer finished in 21st place with a time of 3:48.54 and freshman Tommy Meister finished in 34th place by crossing the line in 3:51.35. Sophomore Nate McClafferty also had a strong race, finishing 19th overall with a time of 3:47.93.
In the women’s 400, sophomore Elizabeth Kerpon finished third in the field clocking a time 54.24 while sophomore Lauren Hansson set a new personal record with a time of 55.13 to finish fourth overall and rank third on Duke’s all-time list. Sophomore Alexis Roper also set a personal record with a time of 56.34 to finish eighth overall.
In the multi-events, redshirt freshman Karli Johonnot finished third overall with a personal-best point total of 5,033. The Las Vegas, Nev., native earned a season-best time of 2:22.94 in the women’s 800. Junior Miray Seward completed the two-day competition in fifth place overall with personal-best point total of 4,766. The Dunwoody, Ga., native earned personal-best marks in two out of the final three events with a javelin mark of 87-7 (26.70) and finishing the 800 in 2:33.56.
In the men’s decathlon, freshman Robert Rohner finished fourth overall with 6,839 points, placing him fourth on Duke’s all-time list. Rohner earned a personal-best time of 16.85 in the men’s 110 high hurdles.
“It was certainly a good day,” commented Director of track and field Norm Ogilvie. “Robert had an excellent decathlon for the freshman. In the men’s 1,500, we put four men to the line and came away with three personal records and in the men’s 10,000, both runners set personal records.”
The Blue Devils will return to action May 23-25 at the NCAA East First Round in Greensboro, N.C. More information will be available at www.GoDuke.com.