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Tutton Captures Women’s Pole Vault Title, Gasparini and Smith Earn Silver

Tutton Captures Women’s Pole Vault Title, Gasparini and Smith Earn Silver


ATLANTA, Ga.  – Freshman Gemma Tutton‘s ACC title in the women’s pole vault and silver medals by graduate student Marten Gasparini and senior Brianna Smith were the highlights of another stellar day of competition for Duke track and field at the ACC Outdoor Championships.
 
Along with the three medals, the Blue Devils totaled 10 All-ACC honors overall, pushing their weekend total to seven medalists and 17 all-conference accolades. Additionally, Duke saw seven more athletes secure their spots in the finals of their respective events.
 
With eight events scored, Duke heads into the final day of the conference meet in first place in both the men’s and women’s standings with 58.33 and 48 points, respectively.
 
TOP PERFORMANCES

  • The stoutest performance of the day was delivered by freshman Gemma Tutton, who made her ACC Outdoor Championship debut one to remember as she claimed the gold medal in the women’s pole vault behind a personal-best showing.
  • After passing on the first two heights, Tutton cleared the ensuing four bars – two on the first attempt and two on the third attempt. The rookie would finish with a final clearance of 4.37m (14-4 feet) to claim her spot atop the field, improving her No. 3 all-time program mark.
  • With the win, Tutton became the first Duke woman since Madison Heath in 2017, and just the fifth Blue Devil all-time, to capture the ACC Outdoor title. It also marks the first time in program history that Duke has swept the pole vault events at the ACC Outdoor Championships.
  • Senior Brianna Smith collected the silver medal and first-team accolades via a career-best showing in the women’s heptathlon. The second-place finish was the highest placement of her career in the event at the conference meet.
  • Smith finished the multis event with 5616 points to finish runner-up and slot herself fourth all-time in program lore. Her Friday performance featured top-five finishes in each of the final three events, including a pair of third-place showings in the javelin (33.18m (108-10 feet)) and 800m (2:16.48).
  • The Blue Devils locked up a pair of All-ACC accolades in the men’s javelin thanks to strong performances by graduate student Marten Gasparini and sophomore Matthew Prebola.
  • Gasparani set the tone for day, earning the silver medal and a nod to the All-ACC First Team behind his…

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