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Chaz Hawkins
Men’s & Women’s DMR Secure Points for Duke
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/23/2017
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Duke track & field program kicked off day one of competition at the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships in South Bend, Ind. with the pentathlon, heptathlon, men’s & women’s weight throw and the men’s & women’s distance medley relay.

With three events scored in the women’s competition, the Blue Devils sit tied for 11th with 2 points. On the men’s side, Duke is also currently in 11th after two events.

"Both the men's and women's DMR scored points today at the ACC Championship," said head coach Norm Ogilvie. "All four men ran faster today than they have in their respective legs this season, and were nine seconds faster than their previous best time at the Armory Invitational in New York. Matt Wisner led off with 2:58.10 in the 1,200m, followed by Brett Bofinger in 47.40. Michal [Filipczak] ran a 1:50.70 followed by [Alec] Kunzweiler in the finanl leg with 4:09.90. The women ran a season-leading time at the JDL and today the final three legs were all better times. Kim Hallowes led off in 3:33.80 and MacKenzie Kerr ran a 53.90 split in the 400m, followed by Brittany Aveni in the 200m with 2:10.40. Liz Lansing ran the final leg in 4:45.20."

Senior Chaz Hawkins set the pace for the Blue Devils in the heptathlon and finished today in fourth place with 2,975 points followed by graduate student Daniel Golubovic in sixth place with 2,877 through four events. Graduate student Robert Rohner withdrew from the competition due to an injury.

Hawkins jumped off to an early lead by landing first in the 60m dash for the second consecutive year with a posted time of 6.94 to go along with third place in the long jump with a leap of 22-10.00 (6.96). Golubovic notched third in the shot put after tossing the implement 41-8.75 (12.72) as well as in the high jump with a personal-best 6-5.00 (1.96) mark.

Hawkins and Golubovic will compete in the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run to round out the heptathlon.

The Duke women tallied their first points of the day in the women’s distance medley relay, taking seventh with a time of 11:21.71. Sophomore Kim Hallowes handled the opening 1,200-meter leg before handing off to fellow classmate MacKenzie Kerr who covered the next 400 meters. Freshman Brittany Aveni raced for the Blue Devils on the third leg, and then handed off to sophomore Liz Lansing who anchored the race over the final 1,600 meters.

Racing on the men’s side, the Blue Devils placed eighth overall with a time of 9:46.31 to gain one point. Freshman Matt Wisner kicked off the race followed by junior Brett Bofinger’s 400 leg. Senior Michal Filipczak sprinted the next 800 meters before fellow classmate Alec Kunzweiler capped the relay.

In the pentathlon, Jaida Lemmons posted a season-best 5-2.25 (1.58) in the high jump and garnered fifth in both the 60m hurdles and the long jump. Lemmons finished in ninth place by accumulating a personal-best 3,508 points.

In the weight throw events, sophomore Iyin Battle registered the second-best distance in Duke history, tossing the implement 55-4.25 (16.87) to place 12th in the men’s division. Competing for the women, fellow classmate Stefani Vukajlovic took ninth with a throw of 55-10.50 (17.03).

Day two of the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships will resume Friday afternoon at noon with ESPN3 coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m.