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Blue Devils Primed for VT Challenge and UCS Invite
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/16/2017
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BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Duke men’s and women’s track & field squad will once again hit the road to compete at two different locations. Several Blue Devils will compete in the Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Va., Feb. 17-18, while select student-athletes will head to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the UCS Invitational Feb. 18.

The Blue Devils will compete against 13 teams, including ACC foes North Carolina, N.C. State and host school Virginia Tech, with the Hokie men currently tabbed at No. 17 nationally.

Here’s a closer look at the student-athletes who have exceeded the ACC qualification standard and headline the weekend for Duke in Blacksburg:

Jumps/Pole Vault

·         Pole Vault: Duke will field four of the top ACC women’s pole vaulters in junior Madison Heath, sophomore Nati Sheppard and freshmen Laura Marty and Chesney Ward. Heath continues to hold the top spot in the ACC, is ranked eighth nationally and is No. 2 on Duke’s all-time list after posting a mark of 14-0.00 (4.27). Marty is second in the conference after clearing the highest mark for a freshman in school history, 13-7.25 (4.15). Ward and Sheppard come in at Nos. four and tied-for-seventh in the ACC after posting 13-1.50 (4.00) and 12-11.50 (3.95), respectively. Ward holds the sixth-best clearance in school history followed by Sheppard in seventh.

On the men’s side, senior Connor Hall continues his stellar fourth year tied for eighth in the ACC after notching 16-2.75 (4.95), while freshmen Esteban Suarez and Caleb Sanford have kicked off their first season in a Duke uniform on a high note and are ranked Nos. 13 and 14 in the conference.

·         High Jump: Junior Colt Sessions cleared 6-9.75 (2.08) at the Armory Track Invite and currently ranks eighth in the ACC.

Mid-distance

·         800m: Freshman Matt Wisner posted the third-fastest time in Duke history earlier this season to jumpstart his rookie campaign. Wisner is No. 15 in the ACC after clocking in at 1:51.38 at the Clemson Bob Pollock Invitational.

Throws

·         Shot Put: Senior throw specialist Amarie Bremel posted the 12th-best mark in the conference after tossing the implement 44-7.00 (13.59) at the Dick Taylor Carolina Cup, the first meet of the season.

Competition in Blacksburg will kick off Friday evening at 5 p.m. and continue Saturday morning with field events starting at 11 a.m. Live stats can be found here.

Several Blue Devils distance specialists will also travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the UCS Invitational Saturday, Feb. 18.

Kim Hallowes, Brittany Aveni, Madeline Kopp and Liz Lansing will headline the women’s distance medley relay that currently ranks eighth in the ACC.

In the mile, Sarah Armstrong, Rachael Lau and Gabrielle Richichi are set to hit the track for Duke.

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