With the indoor season winding down, the Blue Devils seemed to the ACC championships as a primer earlier than taking to nationals and switching gears to outside competitors.
And with some acquainted faces posting standout performances for Duke, the Blue Devils have proven they’ve many athletes to look out for within the coming weeks.
Duke wrapped up motion in Clemson, S.C., with the ACC Indoor Championship Thursday by way of Saturday at the Clemson Indoor Track. In a field of 15 groups, the Blue Devil women’s workforce tied for sixth with 48 factors, and the men’s group ended up in 10th with 25 factors. Although Florida State dominated the competitors—with 91 factors for its women’s workforce and 111 for the men—Duke nonetheless had some spectacular particular person performances from senior Maddy Price and graduate scholar Steven Solomon.
“We had a good day wrapping up the meet,” Duke director of track and field Norm Ogilvie advised GoDuke.com. “We’re going back to Durham a happy team. It was a successful weekend. We met most of our goals and exceeded some as well.”
Starting with the multi-events on day one, the Blue Devil women put in a robust displaying to start out the competitors.
In the pentathlon, junior Jaida Lemmons and freshman Erin Marsh each set top-10 all-time faculty greatest scores. Although each Duke athletes remained tied by means of the preliminary 60-meter hurdle and excessive bounce, Lemmons pulled previous Marsh because of a season-best throw of 36 ft, 11.5 inches with the shot put adopted by an 18-foot, 5-inch lengthy bounce. Although the Blue Devils excelled within the preliminary 4 occasions, struggles within the last 800-meter run left Lemmons with fifth place within the occasion and Marsh at seventh.
Unfortunately for Duke, the Blue Devils struggled within the distance medley relays. The quartet of junior Gabrielle Richichi, freshman Lauren Hoffman, freshman Leigha Torino and junior Olivia Gwynn posted a season-best time of 11:41.59 however led to 11th place. The men’s squad of sophomore Matt Wisner, freshman Miles Mingo, senior Kyle Francis and senior Jordan Burton didn’t fare a lot better, closing their competitors in ninth of 13 groups.
Although the Blue Devils began day one off a bit sluggish, Duke upped the tempo heading into day two.
Solomon highlighted the second day, operating the 400-meter preliminaries with a first-place time of 45.44 seconds—greater than a full second forward of the subsequent finisher. The Sydney, Australia, native’s run crushed the earlier Duke indoor document and the Australian nationwide report and set the quickest time within the ACC, rating fourth general within the NCAA this season.
He slowed down virtually a second within the finals the subsequent day, ending in third place in 46.16 seconds, however it was nonetheless ok for first-team All-ACC honors.
“Steven ran an incredible race on Friday, and that takes a lot out of the body,” Ogilvie stated. “We wanted to be careful with him, with nationals and the Commonwealth Games coming up.”
Freshman Kethlin Campbell joined the ranks of top-10 Blue Devils with a time of 23.71 seconds within the 200 meters—making her the second Duke runner to complete in quicker than 24 seconds this season.
In the heptathlon, freshman Jacob Sobota notched a rating of 5,516 factors because of a monster pole vault of upper than 16 ft to safe second place, and sophomore Christian Friis closed his heptathlon with a sixth-place rating of 5,198. Rounding out the day’s finals was the women’s pole vault, with senior Madison Heath ending in third, whereas sophomore Laura Marty and freshman Rivka Arbiv took fourth and sixth, respectively.
In the ultimate day of competitors, Price shined in each of her occasions to shut the weekend.
Price began the day with a 53.27-second run within the 400 meters, claiming second and pushing previous the Duke all-time report by zero.29 seconds. The Hillsborough, Calif., native went on to anchor the Four-x-400 meter relay. Along with juniors India Lowe and MacKenzie Kerr and sophomore Brittany Aveni, the Duke quartet notched second place, behind solely Clemson.
In the field, junior Domonique Panton jumped from eighth to 3rd because of a 41-foot, eight.75-inch leap in her last leap of the triple bounce. Junior Sydnei Murphy took eighth within the lengthy leap and ninth within the triple leap.
“We ask our kids to compete hard and down to the wire, and that’s best exemplified in the triple jump,” Ogilvie stated. “Domonique was in eighth, and we needed points to catch Miami in sixth. She went from eighth to third place with a new school record on her final jump. That’s the type of stuff that makes us really happy as coaches.”
The Blue Devils with qualifying scores will go on to shut the indoor track season for the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas, March 9 and March 10. Meanwhile, the remainder of the group will start getting ready for the outside season, beginning with a March 24 meet at Wake Forest.