BLACKSBURG, Va. – The men’s and women’s track & field programs wrapped up competition in Blacksburg at the Virginia Tech Challenge and finished the weekend with 20 top-five finishes, six marks on Duke’s all-time list and 25 personal-best times.
"We competed well at two different sites this weekend, and set several seasonal and personal bests as our athletes did their final tune-ups before ACC's or spent the weekend in Durham resting up for next week,” said head coach Norm Ogilvie. “It was good to see several outright wins over the course of the weekend and really good to see the women's DMR run such a strong relay."
The sprint flock clocked impressive times in the 400m as India Lowe and Brett Bofinger recorded the No. 5 and No. 2, respectively, fastest times on Duke’s all-time list. Lowe garnered third in a time of 54.92 and Bofinger took the top spot in 48.57.
Also competing in the 400m on the men’s side was Sean Rafique who clocked a personal-best 50.90 sprint.
Freshman Marty posted her best clearance with a fifth-place finish in 13-8.25 (4.17), the fourth-best mark on the school’s all-time list. Ward also etched her name among the greats with the sixth-best clearance of 13-4.25 (4.07). Heath tied her best clearance of 14-0.00 (4.27).
For the men, senior Connor Hall notched a season-best 16-5.25 (5.01) finish.
A little closer to Durham at the UCS Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C., the women’s DMR of Kim Hallowes, Brittany Aveni, Madeline Kopp and Liz Lansing posted a third-place finish in a season-best 11:27.47.
Back on the campus of Virginia Tech, Domonique Panton and Amarie Bremel produced top performances in the triple jump and shot put. Panton competed as Duke’s lone female jumper and notched second in 39-3.75 (11.98), No. 3 on Duke’s all-time list. Like her teammate, Bremel secured the No. 4 farthest throw after tossing the implement 45-2.25 (13.77) to take second.
On the men’s side were Jack Maher, Daniel Golubovic and Chaz Hawkins. Maher took first with a season-best throw of 49-8.25 (15.14) followed by Golubovic and Hawkins with personal-bests of 42-4.75 (12.92) and 39-6.00 (12.04).
Josiah Hanko, Tom Sullivan and Dalton Randall took the track today and each posted a personal-best time in the mile. Hanko took second in a time of 4:13.12 followed by Sullivan in 4:16.44 and Randall in 4:18.11.
Ashton Huey was the Blue Devils’ sole competitor in men’s triple jump and recorded a season-best 37-8.50 (11.49) mark.
In the second-to-last event of the afternoon in Blacksburg, Matt Luppino garnered third in the men’s 3,000m after clocking a personal-best 8:40.94. Adamson Bryant also raced to a personal-record time of 8:51.13.
Returning to Winston-Salem were Sarah Armstrong, Gabrielle Richichi and Rachael Lau in the women’s mile. Armstrong and Richichi clocked in at 4:57.03 and 5:01.98, respectively, for personal-best times. Lau also posted a personal-best in 5:33.80.
The Blue Devils will be back in action for the ACC Championships Feb. 23-25 in South Bend, Ind., on the campus of Notre Dame.