CLEMSON, S.C. – It was another successful day of competition for the Duke track and field team on Friday as the Blue Devils shattered three program records across the Tiger Paw Invitational and the BU Valentine Invitational.
For the second consecutive weekend, Duke saw both its men’s and women’s weight throw records unseated – this time via the performances of graduate student Christian Johnson and senior Moorea Mitchell. Amina Maatoug brought the record-breaking party over to Boston as the junior took down her own school record in the women’s mile run.
The Blue Devils notched three additional top-five program marks on the day – two in the men’s and women’s weight throw, respectively, and one in the women’s 400m.
TOP PERFORMANCES – TIGER PAW INVITATIONAL
- Christian Johnson continued his standout indoor season in the men’s weight throw, setting the tone for the day as he kicked off the Duke Friday slate by shattering his own school record for the third time this season.
- Saving his best throw for last, Johnson came through with a huge personal best of 21.92m (71-11.00 feet) – nearly a two-foot increase.
- Senior Moorea Mitchell also turned in a stellar showing in the women’s weight throw en route to unseating the school record in the event.
- Mitchell delivered her clutchest throw on attempt number five and launched her weight 20.50m (67-3.25 feet) – nearly three feet more than her previous best – to earn the third-place finish and slot herself atop the program charts.
- Competing alongside Johnson, Christian Toro produced a personal best in the men’s weight throw following another strong outing.
- Toro registered his furthest throw on his opening attempt, logging a toss of 20.30m (66-7.25 feet) to place sixth overall — the mark improving the graduate student’s No. 3 all-time program mark.
- The women’s weight throw invitational saw graduate student Zoe Waddell notch a PR for the second time in as many weeks. Waddell placed eighth via a throw of 19.86m (65-2.00 feet) – good for No. 2 in the Duke record book.
- Sophomore Julia Jackson earned a top-10 placement following a…