DURHAM – After enjoying some time off for the holidays, Duke track and field resumes indoor competition this weekend as the Blue Devils head up to Chapel Hill for the Dick Taylor Carolina Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Eddie Smith Field House.
MEET INFORMATION/WHAT TO KNOW
- Saturday marks the first meet of 2023 for the Blue Devils. Duke opened the indoor season back on December 3 at the Visit Winston-Salem College Kick-off and Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener.
- Field events are slated to begin at 10 a.m., with track events to follow at 12:30 p.m.
- Along with Duke and North Carolina, the field includes NC Central, UNCW, East Carolina, Wake Forest, High Point and Old Dominion, among other schools.
- Duke will feature 34 athletes competing at the meet across six different events.
- For more information on the Dick Taylor Carolina Challenge, click here.
LAST TIME OUT
- Duke track and field opened its 2023 indoor season in style by winning eight events, setting 10 top-five program marks and registering 36 top-five placements across the Visit Winston-Salem College Kick-off and Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener.
- Competing amid a loaded women’s 3,000m field, Amina Maatoug clocked 8:55.62 to place seventh, breaking Shannon Rowbury’s 15-year-old school (9:02.73) by nearly seven seconds.
- Halle Bieber ran her 60m dash in 7.48 seconds, which is No. 2 all-time in school lore.
- Arianna Gragg, Megan McGinnis and Lauren Tolbert rewrote the Duke record books, after turning in phenomenal races in the 600m event – Tolbert took first with a time of 1:28.74c, McGinnis was second after finishing in 1:29.86c, while Gragg clocked 1:30.51c to place third.
- The respective times rank second, third and fifth all-time in Duke lore. The trio’s times were also meet records, with Tolbert and McGinnis’ finishes marking JDL Fast Track facility records as well.
- Jide Akinjisola and Myles Schreck kickstarted their Duke careers with strong performances in the men’s weight throw.
- Akinjisola’s toss of 60-9.25 feet (18.52m) was good for third place in the event and No. 3 all-time at Duke, while Schreck took fourth on a throw of…