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Blue Devils Notch Nine Top-Five Program Marks at Hurricane Collegiate Invite

Blue Devils Notch Nine Top-Five Program Marks at Hurricane Collegiate Invite


CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Inclement weather conditions in Florida couldn’t deter the Duke track and field team as the Blue Devils registered nine top-five program marks, including one school record, Saturday at the Hurricane Collegiate Classic.
 
TOP PERFORMANCES

  • Stellar showings in the men’s hammer throw set the tone for the day as the Duke quartet of Christian Johnson, Aimar Palma Simo, Myles Schreck and Christian Toro helped Duke claim three of the event’s top-five placements and four of the top seven en route to getting their names etched in school lore.
  • Palma Simo delivered the stoutest performance of the day for the Blue Devils’ throws unit as he slotted his name atop the Duke charts while claiming the first event win of the day. On his second attempt Palma Simo launched the hammer 70.03m (229-9 feet) – No. 5 nationally, shattering the previous program best by a whopping 27 feet.
  • Johnson and Toro were next in line as the pair finished second and fifth, respectively, after notching their best throws on the fourth attempt – slotting themselves No. 2 and No. 3 all-time at Duke.
  • Johnson’s try checked in at 67.23m (220-7 feet), good for No. 11 in the NCAA, while Toro notched a mark of 62.33m (204-6 feet). Schreck rounded out the group with a seventh-place finish while improving his No. 5 spot on the Duke charts via a throw of 60.63m (198-11 feet) on his initial attempt.
  • The men’s 200m saw Ezra Mellinger rise one spot in the program record books after turning in a personal-best performance in the race. Mellinger clocked 20.78 seconds to secure the win for Duke and move up to No. 3 in program lore.
  • The Blue Devils kicked off the afternoon session in style as the women’s 4x100m relay sprinted its way to victory. Duke’s foursome of Maddy Doane, Abby Geiser, Halle Bieber and Tina Martin turned in a time of 44.16 seconds to slot themselves ahead of the pack while moving into fourth all-time in school lore in the process.
  • Martin produced another top-five placement shortly afterwards in the women’s 100m, making another revision to the program record books. She earned a fourth-place finish via a dash of 11.53 seconds and slotted herself No. 4 in the Duke history books.
  • Gemma Tutton made her Duke debut one to remember as she reeled in a pole vault victory in the first collegiate meet of her…

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