DURHAM, N.C. – With a mark of 190-3 (58.00), redshirt junior Austin Gamble broke his own school record in the men’s discus throw at the 2013 Duke Twilight Sunday, May 5, in Durham, N.C. The Weston, Fla., native won the event with his first throw of the competition and was one of five Duke champions in the one-day competition.
“Austin Gamble once again getting it done early, which is something that all coaches love,” commented Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilivie. “Having you throw big right away and put the competition away. He is obviously peaking great in early May. Hopefully he will continue to do so in Greensboro [at NCAA First Round] and at Eugene [NCAA Championships].”
In other throws events, Andrea Hopkins claimed first in the women’s javelin with a solid throw of 151-02 (46.07) which she earned on her second attempt of the day.
Several Blue Devils set personal records in events including redshirt junior Curtis Beach who ran the 110 meter hurdles in 14.42, redshirt sophomore Stephen Boals who finished third in the men’s discus with a mark of 176-04 (53.74), sophomore Chloe Maleski finished fifth in the women’s 1,500 with a time of 4:37.04, and freshmen Tommy Meister crossed the line in the men’s 800 in fourth place with a time of 1:52.29.
In the women’s 100, sophomores Elizabeth Kerpon, Lauren Hansson and Baily Murphy finished in second, fourth and fifth place respectively. This was the first time for all three women to run the open 100 meters in college and Kerpon and Hansson ran fast enough to earn slots on Duke’s all-time list clocking times of 12.11 and 12.28 while Murphy barely missed by crossing the line in 12.30. Senior LaCresha Styles also competed in the event, finishing seventh in 12.49.
In the men’s 1,500, redshirt senior James Kostelnik nearly ran a personal record with a mark of 3:47.64 to finish fifth overall while sophomore Shaun Thompson finished eight, smashing his personal record with a time of 3:50.87.
In the final race of the evening senior Megan Deakins ran the mixed 10,000 in 34:57 an attempt to qualify for the NCAA First Round. The race is potentially the final collegiate race to be run in Wallace Wade Stadium as the track is planning to be removed from the facility later in 2013. It was only fitting that unusually cold, misty night was similar to the conditions of the first meet that was held on March 28, 1931.
During the meet, Duke recognized its senior class for its contributions. The graduating class included Austin Carpenter (throws), Drew Hickey (mid-distance), James Kostelnik (distance), Matt Marriott (mid-distance), Dominick Robinson (distance/steeple), Suejin Ahn (distance), Katelyn Bastert (distance), Juliet Bottorff (distance), Megan Deakins (distance), Kayla Hale (distance), Andrea Hopkins (throws), Emily Mattoon (pole vault), Madeline Morgan (distance), Leslie Morrison (distance), Cydney Ross (mid-distance), Adrianne Soo (distance), Styles (sprints), Sophia Treakle (sprints/hurdles), Esther Vermeer (distance).
“This obviously was an important meet for our program, rounding out our stay at Wallace Wade Stadium. I think our team competed really well tonight. Certainly our senior recognition ceremony got things underway and then our kids came out and competed really hard. It has always been tough to compete at Twilight because of coming off of finals, which leaves many of the athletes emotionally tired after taking exams but they competed well and we are proud of all of them.”
The Blue Devils will split next weekend, May 10-11, with some athletes traveling to the IC4A/ECAC Championships in Princeton, N.J. and others making their way to the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, Va. More information about both events will be available at www.goduke.com.