MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Duke track and field has its outdoor season off to a rapid start as the Blue Devils completed their weekend sweep at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational on Saturday, placing first in both the men’s and women’s fields.
The Blue Devil women flexed their muscle throughout the three-day meet and totaled 247 points – 136.5 points more than the runner-up (JMU). On the men’s side, Tyler Hrbek and Robbie Otal helped lead Duke to the meet win via record-setting performances in the men’s pole vault and the men’s discus, respectively.
- Tyler Hrbek and Robbie Otal established a new facility record in their respective events via personal-best performances.
- Otal got the Blue Devils off to a blazing start in the first field event of the day, flinging the discus 58.83m (193 feet) on his first attempt to pick up the first win of the afternoon.
- After passing on the first 10 heights, Hrbek cleared the next three on his second attempt before finishing with a final clearance of 5.15m (16-10.75 feet). Not only did his mark establish a new facility record, but it also inserted himself into the No. 5 spot on the Duke charts.
- Beau Allen turned in his best career performance at the season-opening meet en route to a runner-up finish in the men’s high jump. Allen leapt a personal best of 2.17m (7-1.50 feet) which improved his No. 3 Duke mark.
- The women’s shot put saw a revision of the program record book behind a stellar showing by Lily Lockhart in her Duke debut. Lockhart’s third attempt was indeed the charm as she recorded a mark of 14.72m (48-3.50 feet) – the third-farthest throw in program lore.
- Jonathan Horn and Kinsie Huggins registered third-place finishes in their respective events.
- Also competing in the pole vault, Horn cleared 4.66m (15-3.50 feet) while Huggins registered a throw of 13.15m (43-1.75 feet).
- Duke posted the top-two finishers in the women’s high jump and women’s 400m hurdles.
- Chinenye Agina took first behind a clearance of 1.67m (5-5.75 feet), Addie Renner right behind as runner-up after leaping 1.64m (5-4.50 feet). On the track, Arianna Gragg and Haley Rizek went 1-2 in the hurdles clocking 1:00.41 and 1:01.04, respectively.
- The Blue Devil women commanded the final day of competition, with the squad also posting wins in the women’s…
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