RALEIGH, N.C. – Duke track and field opened ACC Outdoor Championship action with a strong showing on Thursday as the Blue Devils garnered three medals and eight All-ACC honors, headlined by a win in the men’s pole vault by graduate student Tyler Hrbek.
At the conclusion of day one’s events, the Duke men sit in first with 31 points after five events while the women check in in sixth with 12 points through four scored events.
- For the second time in as many seasons, Duke locked down an ACC title in the men’s pole vault – this year’s win coming via graduate student Tyler Hrbek.
- After passing on the first two heights Hrbek took on the bar set at 5.03m, clearing it on his second attempt. The Northvale, N.J., product passed on the following height before taking on the next two, clearing them on his first and second attempts, respectively.
- Hrbek’s final clearance of 5.33m (17-5.75 feet) slotted himself atop the competition field and earned graduate student All-ACC First Team honors, improving his No. 3 all-time program mark in the process.
- The Blue Devils earned a pair of bronze medals in the men’s javelin and women’s long jump behind strong performances from Scott Campbell and Isabel Wakefield.
- Campbell opened the Thursday slate of field events for Duke and set the tone for the day as he posted the first podium finish of the weekend for the Blue Devils.
- The sophomore opened the competition with a bang, launching the javelin 69.61m (228-4 feet) on his first throw. The distance was good for third among the field and earned Campbell a nod to the all-conference first team.
- Over in the women’s long jump, Wakefield collected a third-place finish via a huge jump on her fifth attempt. The graduate student flew out to 6.26m (20-6.50 feet) on her second-to-last jump, earning herself first team All-ACC status.
- Duke also garnered All-ACC Second Team honors in the men’s javelin, women’s hammer, men’s long jump and men’s 10,000m.
- Graduate student Ezra Mellinger turned in a personal-best showing in the men’s long jump while making a revision to the program record books in the process.
- Mellinger delivered his best leap on his initial attempt, jumping 7.51m (24-7.75 feet) to place fifth and move into a tie for fourth all-time at Duke.
- The women’s hammer throw saw junior Moorea…
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