CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Opening the 2019 indoor campaign with the Dick Taylor Carolina Cup, the Duke women’s squad earned a first-place team victory while the men’s team finished in second place on Saturday afternoon in the Eddie Smith Field House on the campus of North Carolina.
The Blue Devil women clinched the title with 57 points to gain three wins and move their 3-0 (2-0 ACC) on the young season, while the men tallied 47 points to earn their second-place finish, securing two wins to set its record at 2-1 (1-1 ACC). On the women’s side, North Carolina (42) placed second, with Wake Forest (35) finishing in third and East Carolina (23) placing fourth. For the men, North Carolina secured the top spot with 62 points, while Wake Forest (24) placed third and East Carolina (19) fourth.
The Blue Devils took first place in 10 different individual events. One of those first place finishes belonged to junior Cassie Martin, who clinched the top spot after clearing 5-7.0 (1.70) in the high jump jump-off. Two other Blue Devils scored for the women, with sophomore Erin Marsh and senior Jaida Lemmons finishing third and fourth, respectively, both clearing 5-3.0 (1.60).
Marsh also scored for the Duke women in the 60m hurdles, where she earned a first-place finish with a time of 8.52, a mark that ranks second all-time in Duke history. Sophomore Lauren Hoffman and freshman Nikki Merritt placed third and fourth, respectively, with Hoffman posting a time of 8.81 and Merritt clocking 8.90.
India Lowe enjoyed a solid day in the season-opening meet, scoring for the Blue Devils in two events. The senior placed second in the 60m dash, clocking a time of 7.53—a mark that ranks second all-time in school history for indoors, while freshman Kelcie Simmons finished just behind in third place with a time of 7.68. Lowe claimed the top spot in the women’s 200m dash with a time of 24.46, while fellow senior MacKenzie Kerr placed fourth, posting a time of 25.83 to also score for Duke.
The Blue Devils scored seven points in the women’s 400m dash, taking first and third place in the event. Junior Brittany Aveni earned the title with a time of 56.21, while sophomore Simi Gbadegesin clocked a time of 59.19 to secure her third-place finish.
The Duke men earned first-place wins in the 800m run, one mile run and the 3,000m run. In the men’s 800m run, transfer Charles Cooper took home the top spot with a time of 1:55.18, earning five points for the Blue Devils. In the first track competition of his career, sophomore Nick Cox placed third in the 800m, clocking a time of 1:57.07.
The Blue Devils took three of the four top spots in the one mile run, with junior Matt Wisner leading the way for the men with a time of 4:13.32 to clinch first place. Wisner won the mile off a slow tactical place, closing the last 400m in a blazing 58 seconds. Freshman Carter Dillon placed third with a time of 4:15.14, while sophomore Alex Miley finished in fourth place, recording a time of 4:17.74.
The Duke men secured each of the top four places in the 3,000m run, tallying all 11 available points in the event. Sophomore Josh Romine finished first in the race with a time of 8:23.08, with fellow sophomore CJ Ambrosio finishing right behind in second place with a time of 8:23.70. Sophomore Paul Dellinger clocked a time of 8:26.20, while junior Cole Hoff recorded a time of 8:26.68 to place fourth.
Senior Iyin Battle posted a record-breaking day for the Blue Devils, etching his name in school history. The senior marked a throw 59-5.75 (18.13) to earn a first-place win and move into first all-time in Duke history. Junior Ben Beatty also scored for the men in the weight throw, finishing third with a throw of 54-1.75 (16.50). Beatty also placed third in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 54-3.25(16.54).
In the pole vault, junior Esteban Suarez clinched the top spot, clearing 15-11 (4.85) to earn the title. On the women’s side, senior Nati Sheppard and junior Laura Marty tied for third place, both clearing 12-9.50 (3.90), while sophomore Rivka Arbiv placed fifth as she cleared 12-5.50 (3.80).
Rounding out the victories for the Blue Devils, senior Domonique Panton claimed the crown in the women’s triple jump. Panton marked a jump of 40-0.50 (12.20) to clinch the top spot, while freshman Natalie Simmons placed fourth with a jump of 35-1 (10.69).
The Blue Devils return to action next weekend, traveling to Blacksburg, Va., to compete in the Hokie Invite, with the two-day meet taking place from Jan. 18-19.