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Duke Set for Tiger Paw Invitational
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/07/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke track and field team travels to Clemson, S.C. for the Tiger Paw Invitational this weekend at the Clemson University Indoor Track. The meet will take place on Friday and Saturday.

After a weekend that had some event groups take a break from competition, the Blue Devils will send a full squad to the Tiger Paw Invitational. It will give them a chance to compete on the Clemson Indoor Track, the site of the ACC Indoor Championships.

Leading off on the track will be the 60m hurdles. Erin Marsh will be competing after she ran the fourth-fastest time in school history last weekend, clocking in at 8.62 and qualifying for the ACC Championships. Joining her will be Lauren Hoffman. For the men, Chris Jackson II will make his season debut in the event.

In the 5,000m run, Lindsay Billings will make her 2018 debut at the distance. Billings has a fifth place finish in the 3,000m run this season. On the men’s side, Stephen Garrett and Cole Hoff will take the start for Duke. Garett finished in ninth at the Camel City Invite in the event.

In the 60m dash, Kethlin Campbell and Domonique Panton will compete for the women and Tionne Barmer for the men. Campbell has the third-fastest time in school history, clocking in at 7.59 at the Carolina Cup. Panton and Barmer have both run season-bests this season, Panton reaching 7.63 at the Armory Invite and Barmer 7.02 at the Carolina Cup.

Seven Blue Devils will enter the mile run. Olivia Gwynn and Gabrielle Richichi return after finishing in fourth and fifth respectively at the Carolina Cup. Joining them will be Sheridan Wilbur. For the men, Alex Miley tries to improve on his third place finish at the Carolina Cup as will Tom Sullivan and Josh Romine who finished sixth and seventh at the same meet. Nikhil Pulimood will make his debut in the distance this season.

Finishing up Friday’s track events will be the 400m dash. Maddy Price, MacKenzie Kerr and Simi Gbadegesin will toe the start line for the women and Barmer and Miles Mingo will do the same for the men.

In the field events, Christian Friis and Jacob Sobota start the day with the long jump. Sobota is coming off a personal-best in the event, leaping 22-7.25 (6.89).

Duke’s women’s pole vault squad will look to continue its strong season as Madison Heath and Laura Marty have both taken first place finishes this season. Nati Sheppard has also qualified for the ACC Championships while Rivka Arbiv and Chesney Ward both have top-five finishes this year.

Campbell and Marsh will compete in the long jump. Campbell is fourth all-time at Duke, leaping 19-9.00 (6.02) to finish first at the Carolina Cup.

The final field event on Friday will be the shot put, with Ben Beatty and Jack Maher competing. The pair finished in second and fifth respectively at the Carolina Cup.

Starting off Saturday will be the women’s weight throw. Stefani Vukajlovic set a personal-best and the second-furthest toss in school history when she threw the implement 58-4.75 (17.80) at the Clemson Invite. For the men, Beatty and Maher will enter and both finished in the top-10 at the Carolina Cup.

In the jumps, Marsh will enter the high jump while Panton will compete in the triple jump. Panton had a personal-best and the third furthest triple jump in program history when she cleared 39-8.00 (12.09) at the Clemson Invite.

The final field event will be the men’s pole vault. Esteban Suarez leads the way with a first place finish at this year’s Carolina Cup. Also competing will be Friis, Sobota and Caleb Sanford.

On the track, the 800m run will lead off Saturday and seven Blue Devils will compete. Brittany Aveni has a season-best time of 2:08.27 to lead Duke. Joining her in the race will be Gwynn, Richichi and Leigha Torino. For the men, Matt Wisner qualified for the ACC Championships with a time of 1:51.67 at the Power Five Invite. Jordan Burton and Kyle Francis will also compete.

In the 200m dash, Duke will have five competitors. Campbell and Price headline after both have broken the school record this season. Campbell currently holds the record with a time of 24.01 while Price is second at 24.15. Hoffman and India Lowe will also take the start. For the men, Barmer is coming off a personal-best time of 22.40.

In the 3,000m run, Wilbur competes for the women with a third place finish at the Carolina Cup to her name this season. Pulimood is coming off a season-best time of 8:28.86 in the event and he will be joined by Miley, Paul Dellinger and Michael Ungvarsky.

The final event of the meet will be the 4x400m relay, with two women’s teams entered. The first women’s squad will consist of Price, Aveni, Campbell and Kerr while the second will include four of Lowe, Gbadegesin, Hoffman, Marsh and Torino.

The meet will begin on Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Live results can be found here.

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