LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Duke track & field program competed in two separate meets today in California, where three Blue Devils rounded out the Mt. Sac Relays in Azusa and several other student-athletes participated in the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate in Long Beach.
Graduate students Daniel Golubovic and Robert Rohner and sophomore Jaida Lemmons represented Duke in the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively. Golubovic concluded his day as the fifth collegiate finisher, followed by Rohner in eighth and Lemmons seventh overall.
Golubovic was outstanding as he wrapped up the final five events today and finished with 7,500 points, the second-most points in Duke history, which currently ranks eighth in the nation and first in the ACC.
The Los Angeles, Calif., native set personal-best marks in four of his five events, including a second-place finish in discus with 146-1 (44.54), fifth in the pole vault with 15-5.00 (4.70), 168-6 (51.36) in the javelin throw and 4:40.76 in the 1,500m run. Golubovic concluded his strong performance in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.92.
Competing alongside Golubovic, Rohner tallied 7,423 points, ranking him third on the Duke all-time list in the decathlon. Like his teammate, Rohner set personal-bests in four events, including the 110m hurdles (15.67), a third-place finish in discus (144-8 [44.10]), pole vault (14-1.25 [4.30]) and fifth place in the javelin (181-7 [55.36]). The Sumter, S.C., native concluded his time in California with a 4:40.32 time in the 1,500m. Rohner currently ranks second in the conference in the decathlon and 11th in the country.
Lemmons tallied a personal-best 5,066 points to etch her name as the fourth-best point total in Duke history in the heptathlon, finishing seventh overall in the California Invitational portion of the Mt. Sac Relays. After a solid performance yesterday, Lemmons posted two personal-best marks in the 800m and in the javelin. Lemmons clocked in at 2:23.97 for her outdoor debut in the 800m and followed up with a personal-best toss of 132-4 (40.35) in the javelin. The Desota, Texas, native capped her overall performance in California with a 13th-place finish in the long jump with a leap of 17-10.75 (5.45).
Over at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate, Duke registered five marks that ranked on Duke’s all-time list.
Kopp and Lowe carried their momentum over to the 400m and 200m, respectively, and posted solid times in each. Kopp raced to a first-place finish as she clocked in at 53.46, nearly one second faster than the second-place finisher. Lowe secured the top-collegiate finishing spot in 24.54 to take third place.
The pole vault squad was outstanding today in Long Beach as all five competitors secured personal-best marks.
Madison Heath cleared 14-3.25 (4.35) to register a huge personal-best clearance and the second-best mark in Duke history, while freshman Laura Marty etched her name in the fourth-best clearance in school history with 13-9.25 (4.20), while also recording the top-freshman clearance in school history. Chesney Ward and Nati Sheppard each cleared 12-10.00 (3.91) for a personal-best mark.
Competing for the men was senior Connor Hall who increased his previous personal-best clearance significantly to his current mark of 17-0.75 (5.20), the third-best mark in Duke history.
The javelin crew showed strong performances today as well, highlighted by Nicholas Solfanelli’s personal-best mark of 208-11 (63.68) to take second place. Katelyn Gochenour and Christine Streisel swept one and two on the women’s side with marks of 153-11 (46.91) and 149-7 (45.60), respectively.
Senior Amarie Bremel rounded out Duke’s performances at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate with the second-best toss in Duke history in women’s discus. Bremel tossed the implement 165-1 (50.33).
The Blue Devils will be back in action tomorrow for the first day of the Beach Invitational.