HIGH POINT, North Carolina – Four top-five program scores and a first-place finish at the Bob Davidson Invitational marked a strong day of competition in the first outdoor meet of the season for Duke’s track and field program.
Graduate student Eric Duffy picked up where he left off at the end of the indoor season and kicked off his outdoor season with a victory in the men’s pole vault. Duffy cleared a height of 5.30 m (17–4.50 ft) to finish first among 11 members, ranking second all-time in program history. Classmate Michael Fairbanks also carried on his success from the indoor season as he took third place in the event behind a height of 5.05 m (16–6.75 ft).
Moorea Mitchell kicked off Friday’s action with the women’s hammer throw and opened its spring campaign with a bang. On her last throw, the second recorded a new personal best and bettered her all-time program mark No. 4 with a throw of 54.20m (177-10ft) – good for second place among the peloton.
Duke’s sophomore trio Scott Campbelljunior Luke Jackson and graduate student Chris Shanahan finished in the top five in the men’s javelin, each recording personal bests in the process. Jackson finished second and moved up to fourth all-time at Duke on a throw of 70.14m (230-1ft), while Campbell took fourth via his mark of 68.79m (225- 8 feet), which ranks fifth in the program’s tradition. . Shanahan secured fifth place with a throw of 65.85m (216ft).
Second year Jamila Otieno ended the evening in style for the Blue Devils. Otieno made her collegiate javelin debut and placed third overall with a 39.22 m (128-8 ft) throw.
The Blue Devils close out the Bob Davidson Invitational on Saturday with a busy day of competition that begins at noon. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN+.
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