NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Duke track and field team had one of its strongest outings of the young season on Saturday, including breaking a school record and multiple personal-bests, as the Blue Devils competed at the Armory Invitational.
“It was a strong outing as a whole team,” said director of track and field Norm Ogilvie. “We got a lot of experience at a high level. Lining up against teams of such a high caliber helps our athletes run and compete harder.”
Just one week after senior Maddy Price broke the school record in the 200m Dash, freshman Kethlin Campbell took the mark even lower. Campbell ran a blazing 24.01 to take the top spot in the Duke record books. It is the third-fastest time in the ACC this season and in the top-50 nationally.
Also setting a personal-best was junior Jordan Burton. After setting a personal-best in the mile on Friday during his leg of the DMR, Burton lowered that time even further by clocking a time of 4:07.68 to qualify him for the ACC Championships. It’s the fourth-fastest time in the conference this season and he finished in first place in his heat. Joining Burton with a personal-best in the event was freshmen Alex Miley who ran 4:13.88 and Josh Romine who had a time of 4:15.97.
“Jordan grew up running at the Armory and so it was outstanding for him to cross the finish line in first place in there,” Ogilvie said.
In the 800m Run, Brittany Aveni set a personal-best for the third consecutive week. She dropped her time down to 2:08.27, putting her in second in the conference and qualifying her for the ACC Championships.
Competing in the weight throw, junior Iyin Battle tossed the implement 56-6.50 (17.23) to set a personal-best. That mark is the second-furthest toss in school history and is the fifth-best in the conference this season.
Duke dominated the standings in the women’s pole vault. Senior Madison Heath took second place and in fourth place was junior Nati Sheppard. Sheppard cleared 12-11.50 (3.95) which equaled her previous personal-best and qualified her for the ACC Championships. Three Blue Devils reached 12-5.50 (3.80), as Laura Marty, Rivka Arbiv and Chesney Ward all reached the height to tie for fifth place. Duke now has four pole vaulters in the top-10 in the ACC and five in the top-15.
Rounding out the field events was junior Rivers Ridout who topped 6-11.50 (2.12), equaling his previous best and placing him in second among collegiate competitors. He is now fourth in the ACC this season. Cassie Martin (5-5.00 [1.65]) and Tracy Jander (5-3.00 [1.60]) also cleared season-best heights in the high jump.
In the 3,000m, Duke had three runners reach season-bests. Nikhil Pulimood crossed the finish line in 8:28.86 and right behind him was Cole Hoff who clocked in at 8:29.82. Hoff’s time is a personal-best for the sophomore. For the women, Olivia Gwynn led the way with a time of 9:55.53, the best time of the season for the junior.
In the 800m, sophomore Matt Wisner and graduate student Steven Solomon both ran season-best times. Wisner came in at 1:52.05 and Solomon right behind him at 1:52.09. The pair finished in 17th and 18th respectively out of a field of 45 and puts them in seventh and eighth in the conference.
“It was a really good trip to New York and a lot of good things happened,” added Ogilvie.
Duke will travel to two meets next weekend. The Blue Devils will be competing in the Camel City Invite in Winston-Salem, N.C., as well as the Power Five Invite in Ann Arbor, Mich. Both meets will begin on Friday, Feb. 2.