Clark Captures ACC Gold in Pole Vault

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The second day of the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships featured another strong showing from the Duke track and field teams, highlighted by a gold-medal performance in the women’s pole vault by junior Megan Clark. The Blue Devil men enter the final day in third place in the team standings with 25 points, while the women currently sit in fourth with 27.5 points.

Capturing the lone gold medal for Duke on the day, Clark cleared 14-0.00 (4.27) to secure the victory in the pole vault. The win marked the fourth first-place finish of the season for Clark and the first time a Blue Devil woman won the event at the indoor conference championship since 2001. Freshman Madison Heath also scored points for Duke in the event, finishing seventh with a vault of 13-0.25 (3.97).

Senior Ian Rock and freshman Tanner Johnson wrapped up the heptathlon with the final three events Saturday. Rock, tallying 5,452 points, earned silver in the competition thanks to strong performances in the pole vault and 1,000m, vaulting 16-2.75 (4.95) and clocking a time of 2:42.63 in the race. Johnson finished with a personal-best 5,349 points to take fourth, highlighted by the second-best performance among the competitors in the 1,000m with a time of 2:39.86.

The Blue Devils earned a pair of fourth-place finishes in two other field events from redshirt junior Teddi Maslowski andKarli Johonnot. After taking third in the pentathlon Friday, Maslowski earned fourth in the women’s long jump with a leap of 20-2.25 (6.15). Also competing in the event, sophomore Karly Gregory notched a personal best with a jump of 18-5.00 (5.61) to place 13th, the fourth-farthest mark in school history.

In the women’s high jump, Johonnot finished tied for fourth after clearing 5-8.75 (1.75), while junior Maddie Morrow took 12th with a leap of 5-5.00 (1.65). On the men’s side, freshman Colt Sessions was Duke’s top performer in the event with a personal-best clearance of 6-7.50 (2.02), placing ninth overall.

On the track, the 5,000m races were the only scored events of the day. After junior William Rooney won the first heat of the men’s race in a time of 14:37.63, senior Shaun Thompson clocked a time of 14:10.37 to place fifth overall.

In the preliminary races, Duke kicked off the day by qualifying one in both the men’s and women’s mile. Junior Madison Granger placed sixth in a time of 4:48.93 to qualify for tomorrow’s finals, followed by senior Nate McClafferty clocking the second-fastest preliminary time of 4:03.55. Following the mile races, Maslowski returned after her performance in the long jump to qualify for the women’s 60m hurdles finals, running a preliminary time of 8.42 to finish fifth.

Sophomore Madeline Kopp and senior Lauren Hansson each registered qualifying times in the women’s 400m. Kopp matched her school-record performance of 54.07 to finish third, while Hansson turned in the best time of her career to place sixth in a time of 54.42. Maddy Price, a freshman out of Hillsborough, Calif., just missed advancing to finals, taking ninth in a personal-best time of 54.73.

Next to advance to Saturday’s finals, junior Anima Banks placed second in the preliminary heats of the women’s 800m, crossing the finish line in 2:06.46 to notch the third-best time in Duke history. Senior Elizabeth Kerpon rounded out Friday’s qualifying races for the Blue Devils, clocking a time of 24.28 to finish ninth, just one spot away from moving on to finals in the event.

The ACC Indoor Championships will conclude Saturday with field events slated to begin at 10 a.m., followed by running events at noon. A live ESPN3 broadcast of the meet will be available here from noon until 4:30 p.m.




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