One School Record, Five Top-Five Program Marks Set on Saturday
CLEMSON, S.C. – The Blue Devils made a few more revisions to the program record books on Saturday, unseating their 11th school record of the indoor season while also posting five top-five program marks to close out a strong weekend of competition at the Tiger Paw Invitational and Music City Challenge.
TIGER PAW INVITATIONAL – CLEMSON, S.C.
- Halle Bieber took down her second school record of the weekend and third overall this season – this one coming in the women’s 200m.
- The senior put on another dazzling display of running, clocking 23.66 seconds to leapfrog Kethlin Campbell’s 2018 mark (23.71) and insert herself into the top spot on the Duke charts.
- Sophomore Megan McGinnis delivered a stellar performance of her own as she finished in 23.93 seconds, improving her fifth-fastest time in program lore.
- Graduate student Chinenye Agina etched her name into the Duke record books behind a season-best performance in the women’s high jump.
- Agina cleared the first three heights on her initial attempt and went on to finish with a final height of 1.79m (5-10.50 feet), tied for fourth all-time at Duke.
- Back on the track, the 16th-ranked Duke women closed out the meet on a high note in the 4x400m relay.
- The quartet of Julia Jackson, Lauren Tolbert, Bieber and McGinnis put on a stellar performance en route to producing the second-fastest time in Duke history of 3:32.70 – a time that currently ranks 14th nationally.
- The complete meet results can be found here.
MUSIC CITY CHALLENGE – NASHVILLE, TENN.
- Down in Nashville, the stoutest performance for the Blue Devils came via Beck Wittstadt in the seeded men’s 800m race.
- Wittstadt turned in a time of 1:49.58, lowering his No. 3 all-time program mark in the process.
- Duke also received solid showings in the unseeded men’s 800m and seeded women’s 3,000m.
- Rory Cavan, James Lee, Jeremy Kain and Jackson Walker all finished in the top-20 of the race, led by Lee’s third-place time of 1:50.61.
- Cavan finished just outside the top-10, placing 11th with a finish of 1:51.69. Walker and Kain finished back-to-back in 16th and 17th place, respectively, behind times of 1:52.03 and 1:52.09.
- Dalia Frias clocked 9:20.28 to take seventh in the women’s 3,000m.
- Click here to see the full meet results.
“This was our final team tune up before we head into the championship stage of the indoor season. What’s really impressive is that this team continues to post top five program marks as well as school records. Halle Bieber broke two school records at the Tiger Paw meet in Clemson and almost broke a third while running the third leg of the 4x400m relay. That team ran the second-fastest time in school history and is now nationally ranked. Lauren Tolbert broke the school record in the 400m five minutes after Megan McGinnis set a new record in the preceding heat. James Lee, Chris Theodore and Karly Forker all had top five marks in Nashville. Our stars are shining at just the right time!” – Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Shawn Wilbourn
Duke features a split squad for the second straight week as the Blue Devils close out the indoor regular season at the JDL DML Invite in Winston-Salem, N.C., and the Virginia Tech Challenge in Blacksburg, Va. Both meets are slated for Feb. 17-18.
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