PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Duke track & field program split time between the final day of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa., and at the Virginia Grand Pix in Charlottesville, Va. The Blue Devils highlighted competition with two school records and eight personal-bests.
“We had some good things happen each day at the Penn Relays,” said head coach Norm Ogilvie. “Each day is different because the crowds build each day, so on Saturday the crowd is big and very loud, but it is very motivational for our athletes. This year we also had some really great weather to go along with that.”
At the final day of the Penn Relays, sophomore Jeremy McDuffie continued to excel as a member of the track & field squad with his school record tying performance at the Penn Relays in the triple jump. McDuffie notched fourth place with a leap of 51-11.75 (15.84) to match Jade Ellis' mark set in 2009.
Members of the women's mid-distance squad tallied a fourth-place finish today in the College Women's 4x800m Relay Championship at the Penn Relays. Brittany Aveni, Kim Hallowes, Liz Lansing and Madeline Kopp clocked in the second-best time in Duke history in 8:32.26.
At the Virginia Grand Prix, senior Connor Hall set the bar high with a school record clearance of 17-3.00 (5.26) to take first place.
A little closer to Durham, several Blue Devils competed alongside Hall at the Virginia Grand Prix.
Sophomore Stefani Vukajlovic started competition off for Duke with women's hammer throw and secured fourth place with a mark of 192-3 (58.60). Competing for the men was Iyin Battle who registered the fourth-best mark in Duke history at 179-11 (54.84).
The women's pole vault squad of Laura Marty, Madison Heath, Nati Sheppard and Chesney Ward once again led the competition. Marty took second with a clearance of 13-6.50 (4.13), followed by Heath in third with a height of 13-2.50 (4.03). Sheppard cleared 12-10.75 (3.92) to take fourth and Ward rounded out the overall performance in eighth with a mark of 12-2.75 (3.73).
Ben Beatty, Jack Maher and Jaida Lemmons represented Duke in the shot put competition, highlighted by Beatty's sixth-place finish with a mark of 53-8.25 (16.63). Maher placed eighth with a toss of 49-3.50 (15.02) and Lemmons registered a personal-best after tossing the implement 36-6.50 (11.06).
Amarie Bremel was the lone Blue Devil in the women's discus competition and placed second as the top-collegiate finisher with a toss of 156-5 (47.69).
The javelin crew stood out today in Charlottesville as Katelyn Gochenour and Christine Streisel took first and second, respectively. Gochenour tossed the implement 158-2 (48.22) and Streisel registered a 156-4 (47.66) mark.
Competing on the men's side was rookie Kiegan Lenihan. Lenihan tallied a personal-best toss of 203-2 (61.92) to take third.
Sophomore Rivers Ridout competed in men's high jump and placed second with a height of 6-9.75 (2.08).
JR Smith and Lemmons each registered personal-best marks in the long jump. Smith took seventh with a leap of 23-2.75 (7.08) followed by Lemmons's 19-7.50 (5.98) mark to take third place.
The Blue Devils will be back in action May 12-14 at the ACC Outdoor Championship in Atlanta, Ga.