RALEIGH, N.C. – Duke track and field kept the momentum going on day two of the 2023 ACC Outdoor Championships as the Blue Devils collected four more medals – one silver and three bronze, earned six All-ACC honors and qualified 10 more individuals to their respective event finals.
With nine events scored, both the Duke men’s (37 points) and women’s (43 points) teams sit in third place heading into the final day of competition.
Due to predicted inclement weather in the area later in the day, the Saturday ACC Championship schedule has been modified. Field events are now slated to get going at noon, with running events set to begin at 3 p.m.
- Senior Dana Baker headlined the Friday performances for Duke with a runner-up finish in the first field event of the day – the women’s javelin.
- Baker notched her best throw on her sixth and final attempt, launching the javelin out to 54.22m (177-11 feet) – just four centimeters off the school record – to set a new personal best while improving her No. 2 all-time program mark in the process. She collected her second overall all-conference honor and first nod to the first team.
- Graduate student Ilhame Tamrouti was next in line as she earned a spot on the podium along with All-ACC First Team status on her best toss of the season.
- Tamrouti came through with her furthest toss on the fourth attempt and slotted herself fourth all-time at Duke after turning in a throw of 49.82m (163-5 feet).
- The Blue Devils posted third-place finishes and earned first-team all-conference honors in the men’s decathlon and women’s heptathlon, respectively, behind personal-best showings by sophomore Max Forte and junior Brianna Smith.
- Forte totaled 7,186 points with his best performances coming in the long jump (first), shot put (third) and 1500m run (third). Smith finished the multis event with 5,596 points, which featured wins in the high jump and long jump.
- Duke also picked up a pair of All-ACC Second Team accolades in the women’s javelin and 3,000m steeplechase.
- Senior Emily Cole ran her race in 9:55.48 to place fourth overall while graduate student Kirstin West lobbed the javelin a personal-best 47.83m (156-11 feet), good for sixth among the field.
- Senior Halle Bieber and sophomore Abby Geiser each delivered the best performance of their…
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