CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Kicking off the 2018 indoor season with the Dick Taylor Carolina Cup, the Duke men’s team totaled 37 points while the women’s team registered 40, as both teams earned second place on Saturday afternoon in the Eddie Smith Field House on the campus of North Carolina.
North Carolina took home the title in both the men’s (49 points) and the women’s (60 points) standings.
Both Duke squads move their records to 2-1 overall and 1-1 against conference foes. N.C. State (men-35, women-26) and East Carolina (men-32, women-25) rounded out the standings in third and fourth, respectively.
“We did a lot of good things out there,” said director of track & field Norm Ogilvie. “We did very well in a number of events. In the field events, I thought we did extremely well. The women’s long jump we were very strong in. There were a lot of good things coming out of it. I thought we competed hard.”
The Blue Devils took first place in five different individual events. One of those first place finishes belonged to freshman Kethlin Campbell who jumped 6.02m. That mark is the fourth-best in school history and is the best in the ACC so far this season. Right behind her was junior Sydnei Murphy who reached 6.00m to take home second place. Both Campbell and Murphy qualified for the ACC Championships with their jumps.
Duke took home the title in both men’s and women’s pole vault. Sophomore Esteban Suarez set a personal-best in the event when he cleared 16-0.75 (4.90) to finish in first-place. Taking third place in his first collegiate pole vault competition was freshman Jacob Sobota, clearing 15-9 (4.80). For the women, senior Madison Heath had a personal-best of her own, topping 14-1.75 (4.31). Both Suarez and Heath booked their places at the ACC Indoor Championships.
Junior Rivers Ridout and senior Colt Sessions grabbed the top two spots in the men’s high jump. Ridout topped 6-10.25 (2.09) to take home the victory while Sessions cleared 6-8.00 (2.03) to sweep the top two spots for Duke. Both are ACC Championship qualifying marks.
Rounding out the victories for the Blue Devils was sophomore Brittany Aveni who raced in the 400m dash for the first time in her collegiate career. She crossed the finish line in 55.42 to set a personal-best, the third-best ACC time so far.
Duke had three runners qualify for the 60m dash finals. Campbell had a personal-best of 7.59 to lead the Blue Devil runners, the third-best time in program history and the 13th-best in the ACC so far this season. Junior Domonique Panton set a personal-best of her own, clocking a time of 7.68 as did senior Maddy Price to qualify for the final. Campbell took fifth in the final and Price and Panton taking seventh and eighth respectively.
For the men, senior Tionne Barmer had a personal-best 7.02 to qualify for the 60m finals.
Junior India Lowe took third-place in the 200m dash, finishing in 24.61, the fourth-best time by an ACC runner. On the men’s side, freshman Miles Mingo took fifth place in his first collegiate race with a time of 22.32, the tenth-best time in the ACC.
Freshman Leigha Torino made her collegiate track debut by clocking a time of 2:14.23 in the 800m run, good for third-place. Juniors Olivia Gwynn (4:54.64) and Gabrielle Richichi (4:58.95) finished in fourth and fifth respectively in the mile run.
The men took home second and third place in the 800m run. Sophomore Matt Wisner came in second with a time of 1:53.39 and senior Kyle Francis took third as he clocked a 1:55.26. For the mile, junior Jordan Burton (4:11.46) crossed the finish line in second and freshman Alex Miley (4:11.84) was right on his heels in third.
Panton had a personal-best mark in the triple jump as she reached 39-7.25 (12.07) to take second place.
Senior JR Smith finished in third place in the long jump after he cleared 22-8.5 (6.92) and fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 40-11.75 (12.48).
Rounding out the field events was a pair of top three finishes in the throwing events. Sophomore Ben Beatty took second place in the shot put with a toss of 52-11 (16.13). Junior Iyin Battle finished in third in the weight throw when he threw the implement 55-3.5 (16.85).
“Overall I was very pleased,” Ogilvie said.
The Blue Devils will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 19 as they travel to Clemson, S.C. for day one of the Clemson Invitational.