LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Blue Devils rounded out their time in California today at the final day of the Beach Invitational, hosted by Long Beach State.
“[The four day stretch] was very solid,” said associate head coach Shawn Wilbourn. “We came out here expecting to do well and we knew we could rely on the weather and the wind. We kind of knew exactly what we were going to get when we came out here. Our kids performed and really stepped up.”
Senior Connor Hall cleared new heights Thursday at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate as he posted a mark of 17-0.75 (5.20). Today, Hall once again soared to the aforementioned height, the third-best clearance in Duke history.
Competing on the women’s side was pole vault squad Laura Marty, Chesney Ward, Madison Heath and Nati Sheppard. Marty, Ward and Heath tied for 10th place with a height of 13-3.50 (4.05) as Ward registered a personal-best. Sheppard notched 14th with a 12-9.50 (3.90) mark.
Sophomore MacKenzie Kerr clocked an outstanding personal-best time in the 400m today with a time of 54.14, nearly seven tenths of a second quicker than her previous best time. With the sixth-place finishing time, Kerr etched her name as the fifth-fastest time on Duke’s all-time list.
Additionally, Kopp notched third in her outdoor debut of the women’s 800m in a time of 2:06.74, which was also the second-best time among competing collegiate athletes today.
Sophomore Sydnei Murphy was the lone Blue Devil in women’s long jump and placed fourth overall and second collegiately with a leap of 20-1.50 (6.13).
Competing in women’s discus was senior Amarie Bremel and she finished the day in 15th place after tossing the implement 158-3 (48.23).
The Blue Devils will be back in action Friday April 21 and Saturday April 22 as they are set to host the Duke Invitational in Morris Williams Stadium.