DURHAM, N.C. – With the regular season completed, the Duke men’s and women’s track & field programs will turn their focus to the ACC Indoor Championships, hosted by Notre Dame at the Loftus Sports Center.
SETTING THE SCENE
- The Blue Devils will travel to South Bend, Ind., to compete at the 2017 ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships Feb. 23-25 at the Loftus Sports Center.
- At the 2016 championship meet, the Duke women finished fifth in the team standings followed by the men in 12th.
- Friday and Saturday’s portions of the meet with feature four-hour coverage on ACC Network Extra. The meet will be live Friday from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m., while Saturday will air from 12:30-4 p.m. Calling the action will be former Olympic decathlon gold medalist Dan O’Brien (analyst) and ESPN announcer Shawn Kenney (PxP).
QUEST FOR ANOTHER CROWN
- Graduate student Robert Rohner will look to capture the ACC indoor men’s heptathlon title for the second consecutive season. The Sumter, S.C., native secured gold and All-ACC accolades last year after accumulating 5,477 points.
AMONG THE BEST IN THE ACC AND THE NATION
- Jumpers/Pole Vault
- o Pole Vault: Duke will field the two top ACC women’s pole vaulters in junior Madison Heath and freshman Laura Marty. Heath continues to hold the top spot in the ACC and is ranked ninth nationally after posting a mark of 14-0.00 (4.27) while Marty is second in the conference and 23rd in the nation after clearing 13-8.25 (4.17). Heath owns the second-best clearance on Duke’s all-time list, followed by Marty in fourth. On the men’s side, senior Connor Hall continues his stellar fourth year in seventh place in the ACC after notching 16-5.25 (5.01) at the Virginia Tech Challenge.
- o High Jump: Sophomore Rivers Ridout cleared 6-10.25 (2.09) earlier this year to garner the fifth best clearance in school history and also ranks seventh in the ACC. Junior Colt Sessions follows close behind at No. 8 in the conference after posting a jump of 6-9.75 (2.08).
- o Long Jump: Sophomore Sydnei Murphy continues to excel on and off the track and will represent Duke in the long jump this weekend. Murphy posted the second-best jump in school history with a leap of 20-3.00 (6.17), the fourth-best leap in the ACC.
- o 60m: On the track, Murphy set the school record in the 60m dash in the first meet of the season in a time of 7.49 and currently ranks 11th in the ACC.
- o 200m: Sophomore India Lowe enters this weekend No. 13 in the conference with a posted time of 24.47 which ranks fifth on Duke’s all-time list.
- o400m: Junior Maddy Price clocked in at 54.69 and is ranked 11th in the ACC.
- o4x400m: Lowe, Kopp, Price and MacKenzie Kerr will team up in the women’s 4x400 after posting the second-best time in the ACC of 3:36.30 and currently ranks 25th in the country. On the men’s side, Brett Bofinger, Michal Filipczak, Dylan Murphy and Kyle Francis look to continue their success after clocking in at 3:21.59, the 14th-best time in the conference.
- oDMR: Kim Hallowes, Brittany Aveni, Liz Lansing and Kerr will take the track ranked second in the ACC and 25th in the country in a time of 11:20.19. Alec Kunzweiler, Wisner, Bofinger and Filipczak will compete for the men and enter ACC’s ranked ninth in a time of 9:55.37.
- oWeight Throw: Stefani Vukajlovic and Iyin Battle are slated to represent Duke and are ranked 12th and 13th, respectively. Vukajlovic posted a mark of 56-3.25 (17.15), the second-best toss in Duke history, while Battle threw the implement 54-1.00 (16.48) which ranks third on Duke’s all-time list.
- oShot Put: Amarie Bremel and Jack Maher will compete for the Blue Devils and enter the weekend 12th and 16th, respectively. Bremel owns the fourth-best Duke mark in 45-2.25 (13.77) and Maher posted a 49-8.25 (15.14) toss.
A full list of Blue Devils scheduled to compete can be found below:
Pentathlon: Jaida Lemmons
Heptathlon: Robert Rohner, Chaz Hawkins, Daniel Golubovic
Women’s Weight Throw: Stefani Vukajlovic
Men’s Weight Throw: Iyin Battle
Women’s Shot Put: Amarie Bremel
Men’s Shot Put: Jack Maher
Women’s High Jump: Cassie Martin
Men’s High Jump: Rivers Ridout, Colt Sessions
Women’s Long Jump: Sydnei Murphy
Men’s Long Jump: JR Smith
Women’s Triple Jump: Jaida Lemmons, Domonique Panton, Sydnei Murphy
Women’s Pole Vault: Madison Heath, Laura Marty, Chesney Ward, Nati Sheppard
Men’s Pole Vault: Connor Hall, Daniel Golubovic, Esteban Suarez
Women’s 60m: Sydnei Murphy, Domonique Panton
Men’s 60m: Tionne Barmer
Women’s 200m: India Lowe
Men’s 200m: Tionne Barmer
Women’s 400m: Maddy Price, MacKenzie Kerr
Men’s 400m: Brett Bofinger
Women’s 800m: Madeline Kopp, Kim Hallowes, Brittany Aveni
Men’s 800m: Matt Wisner, Kyle Francis, Dylan Murphy
Women’s Mile: Sarah Armstrong, Liz Lansing
Men’s Mile: Josiah Hanko, Alec Kunzweiler
Women’s 3,000m: Gabrielle Richichi
Men’s 3,000m: Nikhil Pulimood, Stephen Garrett
Men’s 5,000m: Stephen Garrett, Cole Hoff
Women’s 4x400m: India Lowe, Madeline Kopp, MacKenzie Kerr, Maddy Price
Men’s 4x400m: Brett Bofinger, Michal Filipczak, Dylan Murphy, Kyle Francis
Women’s DMR: Sarah Armstrong, Brittany Aveni, Kim Hallowes, MacKenzie Kerr
Men’s DMR: Matt Wisner, Brett Bofinger, Michal Filipczak, Alec Kunzweiler