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TF: School Record & first-place finish mark final day

Posted March 29

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The Duke track and field team set a school record in the 4x200 and earned a first-place finish in the 4x1,500 on the final day of competition at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas and the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C.

The Blue Devils opened day four of the Texas Relays by breaking a 12-year-old school record in the 4x200. The relay, comprised of juniors Alexis Roper, Lauren Hansson, Elizabeth Kerpon and freshman Madeline Kopp, ran a time of 1:35.55, besting the previous school record of 1:40.18. Duke placed fifth overall and second in the first heat of the event. The relay averaged under 24 seconds for each of the four legs.

Duke proved successful in the field events at Texas as well, as freshman Amarie Bremel placed sixth in the discus with a mark of 155-5.00 (47.38). Bremel became just the third Duke thrower in school history to eclipse the 150-foot mark, joining teammate Erica Brand, who holds the school record, and former Duke discus thrower Alexa Revord.

In Raleigh, the 4x1,500 meter relay team of junior Henry Farley, freshman Stephen Shine, and juniors Brian Schoepfer and Nate McClafferty placed first in the event with a time of 15:44.77, marking the sixth-straight year Duke won the 4x1,500 at the Raleigh Relays.

The Blue Devil foursome faced adversity early in the event, as Farley, acting as the leadoff leg, fell to the track 800 meters into the race. Composing himself after the fall, Farley moved back through the field of 13 to handoff the baton to Shine in seventh place. Shine, competing in the first 4x1,500m relay of his collegiate career, showed no signs of nerves, splitting a personal-best time of 3:52 and handing the baton to Schoepfer in second place. Schoepfer, who competed in the open 1,500 just over 12 hours earlier, held Duke’s position in second place before McClafferty received the baton as the anchor leg. McClafferty, having exhibited a strong kick one night earlier in the open 1,500, bided his time before taking the lead with 150 meters remaining en route to the first-place finish.

Redshirt senior Michelle Anumba, after advancing to the second round of the hammer throw in Raleigh, placed ninth following an effort of 162-8.00 (49.58). Anumba’s mark is the third best of the season for the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native, who placed third at the Carolina Relays with a distance of 166-7.00 (50.78) one week earlier. Anumba, the school record holder in the event, is one of three throwers in Duke history to send the hammer over 160 feet.

The Blue Devils stay in state next weekend, traveling to High Point, N.C., for the VertKlasse Meeting. The contest begins Friday, April 4.

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