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Blue Devils Close Hokie Invitational with Four Event Wins

Blue Devils Close Hokie Invitational with Four Event Wins


BLACKSBURG, Va.  – The Duke track and field team closed out the Hokie Invitational with another solid showing on Saturday as the Blue Devils won four events, set a top-five program mark and recorded 15 top-five placements.
 
TOP PERFORMANCES

  • Sophomore Max Forte picked up the Blue Devils’ first win of the day in the men’s heptathlon.
  • After positioning himself atop of the field on day one, Forte delivered solid showings in the final three events – 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1000m – to finish with 5,099 points to lock down the first-place finish.
  • Lauren Tolbert kept the fast start to her rookie season going as she dashed her way to a first-place finish of 54.21 seconds in the women’s 400m.  
  • A day after resetting the Duke 60m dash record, senior Halle Bieber won her second event of the weekend – this time in the 200m dash.
  • Bieber clocked 23.77 in the race – just .05 seconds off her No. 2 all-time program mark.
  • In the women’s 4x400m relay of Madison Mulder, Bieber, Chyler Turner and Tolbert finished in 3:39.22 to win the event, closing out an incredible weekend in Blacksburg.
  • Duke’s ‘B’ squad composed of Carly King, Julia Jackson, Megan McGinnis and Abby Geiser weren’t too far behind, clocking 3:39.31 to finish runner-up.
  • The women’s 200m race also saw the Blue Devils place two athletes in the top five and three in the top six.
  • McGinnis slotted herself fifth all-time at Duke after placing third via a finish of 24.01 seconds. Geiser (24.15) took fourth while Jackson finished in sixth after running 24.27 seconds.
  • Duke competitors Chinenye Agina and Addie Renner put on personal best performances of their own in the women’s high jump.
  • Agina cleared 1.78m (5-10 feet) to finish runner-up while Renner jumped 1.73m (5-8 feet) to finish 3rd.
  • Arianna Gragg tallied a second-place finish of 2:09.59 in the women’s 800m race.
  • For the full meet results, click here.

QUOTE

“Our first full team meet of the 2023 indoor season was a huge success. We had four school records, multiple top five all time performances and some big time marks for our freshmen. The depth of our women’s sprinters was on full display with both an A and B 4x400m relay team running sub 3:40 in January. That is something we have never done before. I’m really looking forward to watching this team progress over…

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