DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke track and field team will split up for the first time this season, competing in two different meets on Friday and Saturday. The Blue Devils will be in action at the Power Five Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich., and others will head to Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Camel City Invitational.
“Duke track is coming off a really good outing with a full team,” said director of track and field Norm Ogilvie. “The group we’re taking up to Michigan will face really top-flight competition, some of the best track schools in the country. We’re excited to compete in a brand new facility, that should produce some great times and marks. We’ll be taking a second group over to Camel City. It’s a good chance to get some solid performances in.”
The Power Five Invitational will be the first chance for the multi-event athletes to compete in the pentathlon and heptathlon this season. Jaida Lemmons and Erin Marsh will get the meet started, competing in the pentathlon, which consists of the 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m run. For the men, Christian Friis and Jacob Sobota will enter the heptathlon which includes the 60m dash, long jump, shot put and high jump on Friday and then concludes with the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m run on Saturday.
Also competing in field events on Friday will be JR Smith who enters the long jump. Smith has a season-best mark of 22-8.50 (6.92) and finished in third in the Carolina Cup to open the year.
Opening the day on the track will be the 60m dash preliminary heats. Duke will have Smith and Tionne Barmer running. Barmer set a personal-best with a time of 7.02 at the Carolina Cup.
Nikhil Pulimood will compete in the 5,000m run for the first time this year. He raced in that distance once in 2017 and finished in third at the Liberty Invitational.
Running in the 600m run will be Steven Solomon, Matt Wisner and Miles Mingo. It will be a step down in distance for Solomon and Wisner, who both finished in the top-20 in the 800m run at last week’s Armory Invitational and the longest collegiate race for Mingo, who has Duke’s best two times in the 200m dash this season.
Barmer and Mingo will pull double duty on Friday, competing in the 200m dash and 400m dash respectively. Barmer has a season-best finish of eighth in the 200m this season while Mingo will be running in the 400m for the first time in his collegiate career.
Jordan Burton headlines the mile run. Burton is coming off a personal-best 4:07.68 to win his heat at the Armory Invite and the time puts him in eighth in the ACC. Also competing will be Josh Romine and Tom Sullivan.
Saturday’s field events will consist of the pole vault. For the women, Madison Heath (14-1.75 [4.31]) leads the way with the second-best mark in the ACC this season. Not far behind is Laura Marty (13-10 [4.22]) in fourth and Nati Sheppard (12-11.5 [3.95]) is tied for seventh. Also entering will be Rivka Arbiv and Chesney Ward. On the men’s side, Esteban Suarez (16-0.75 [4.90]) is tied for fifth in the conference and he will be joined by Caleb Sanford who competes for the first time this season.
Saturday on the track will begin with the finals of the 60m dash. The final event of the meet will be Wisner competing in the 800m run. He is the school record-holder in the event and is ninth in the ACC so far this season.
Duke will have seven runners and four field athletes competing at the Camel City Invitational on Friday. On the track, Matt Luppino, Ethan Ready and Adamson Bryant will compete in the mile run. Bryant and Ready will also run in the 3,000m run, with Michael Ungvarsky joining them. In the 5,000m run will be Paul Dellinger and Stephen Garrett. Garrett had the season-best time in the event for Duke last year. Finally, Kyle Francis will enter the 800m run. Francis finished in third in the event at the Carolina Cup earlier this season.
Also competing in Winston-Salem will be four high jumpers. Benjamin Ross and Bryant Lewis will enter on the men’s side, each competing for the second time this season. For the women, Tracy Jander and Cassie Martin will compete in the high jump. Martin is coming off a season-best jump at the Armory Invitational.
The Power of Five Invitational will get started with the pentathlon at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Live results can be found here. The first event for the Camel City Invitational will be the high jump at 1:00 p.m. Live results for the meet can be found here.