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T&F: School Records Continue to Fall for Duke Track & Field

Posted February 1

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— Two school records fell for Duke’s track and field program Saturday, as team members competed in the Hilton Garden Innvitational in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the Penn State National Invitational in State College, Pa. The record-setting performances highlight a 2014 season that has already seen numerous members of Duke’s track and field team break into the top five of the school’s all-time list.

"Really good results on a few fronts," Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilvie said. "Yesterday we had two winners in the throws, as well. Things are off to a really good start this season. We've probably never had this many athletes, this early, looking like good bets for the NCAA championships, so we're really excited."

Sophomore Megan Clark continues to impress in 2014 after posting a school-record clearance of 14-0.00 (4.27), at the Hilton Garden Innvitational Saturday, securing a first-place finish at the event. Clark’s mark sits ahead of former Olympian Jillian Schwartz, who remains on the all-time list since 2001. The Fort Benning, Ga., native cleared the height one week after a clearance of 13-9.25 (4.20) at the Tar Heel Open. Clark’s performance Saturday marks the second time this season the school record in the pole vault toppled, with the previous instance occurring in the first meet of the season when senior Justin Amezquita broke his own record (17-5.75 (5.33)). On Saturday in Winston-Salem, Amezquita posted a vault of 15-7.00 (4.75), placing him seventh overall.

Junior Elizabeth Kerpon followed Clark’s lead on Saturday, setting her own school record at 200 meters after finishing in sixth-place in a time of 24.32 at the Penn State National Invitational. Kerpon improved on her previous school record of 24.74. Kerpon contributed one day earlier in Duke’s distance medley relay that placed fifth and ranks third on Duke’s all-time list.

In her first open mile as a Duke Blue Devil, graduate student Audrey Huth posted a time of 4:42.93 to win the Penn State National Invitational mile and rank fourth on Duke’s all-time list. The win is the second of the season for Huth, after she placed first at the Dick Taylor UNC Challenge in Chapel Hill in the 3,000.

Graduate student Juliet Bottorff moved into the top five on Duke’s all-time list at 3,000m Saturday following a fifth-place finish in the highly competitive Camel City Elite race, part of the Hilton Garden Innvitational. Bottorff posted a personal-best time of 9:18.88, improving on her previous best by nearly 10 seconds. The Newark, Del., native now appears on Duke’s all-time lists in four events, including the indoor 3,000, the outdoor 3,000, the outdoor 5,000 and 10,000m.

Redshirt junior Michael Krone, competing in his third meet of the season, cleared 6-6.75 (2.00) for a fourth-place finish at the Hilton Garden Innvitational Saturday morning. The Berwyn, Pa., native cleared 6-6.75 (2.00) on his first attempt, before passing at 6-8.75 (2.05). Krone was unable to clear 6-10.75 (2.10), a height that matches his season-best mark.

The Blue Devils return to action Feb. 7, with approximately 20 Duke track and field members competing at the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York, N.Y., and an additional 50 traveling to the Virginia Tech Elite Meet in Blacksburg, Va.

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ORST 52
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HC 48
 
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REIN 72
 
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TROY 65
 
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UCI 55
 
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APP 59
 
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KAN 12
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MIN 35
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