Luke Jackson Secures Spot at NCAA Outdoor Championships

Luke Jackson Secures Spot at NCAA Outdoor Championships

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Duke track and field opened action at the NCAA East Regional on Thursday with senior Luke Jackson headlining the day’s performances as he punched his ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second consecutive season via a record-breaking performance in the men’s javelin.
Additionally, graduate student Nick Dahl and sophomore Beck Wittstadt each delivered strong performances to advance to the Friday quarterfinal round of their respective events.

  • Jackson rewrote the Duke record books Wednesday morning, registering a personal best and the fourth-farthest throw in the men’s javelin competition field en route to locking down his spot in Austin.
  • The senior came through with a monster throw on his second attempt and launched the javelin 74.35m (243-11 feet) to jump up two spots on the Duke charts, shattering the eight-year-old program record by nearly two meters.
  • Dahl advanced to the next round of the men’s 1500m following a strong run in the first-round race. The Philadelphia, Pa., native posted the third-fastest time in his heat of 3:46.85 to earn the automatic qualifier.
  • Wittstadt turned in a solid race of his own in the first round of the men’s 800m. The sophomore ran in 1:49.74 to qualify on time and move on to the next round.

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