Blue Devils win men’s high jump and long jump on day two
HIGHPOINT, North Carolina – Juniors Handsome Allen and Ezra Mellinger each won their respective events and Duke’s track and field team set several career and season records on Saturday afternoon on the final day of the Vertklasse Meeting.
After clearing the first six heights, Allen took the next three heights and cleared each bar on his first attempt. The junior jumped 2.15m (7-0.50ft) – a mark none of the other nine competitors could reach – to take his second event victory of the outdoor season, setting a new record career while ranking third all-time on the program list.
Mellinger competed in her first outdoor long jump event of the season and finished atop the 40-member field. The Ronks, Pennsylvania native’s final jump was his best as he soared to a slightly wind-assisted 7.30m (23-11.50ft) to place first overall.
For the second consecutive meeting at the Stade du Vert, junior Little Payton delivered a stellar performance in the women’s discus throw. After recording a throw of 41.12m (134-11ft) in the season opener at High Point, Little improved on that mark and threw the disc 42.55m (139-7ft) ) to finish in third place. The Hampstead, North Carolina native’s throw set a new personal best while ranking fifth in program lore. She also competed in the women’s hammer and recorded the best throw of the season at 45.04m (147-9ft).
Classmate Davis Howell also achieved a personal best in Group A of the men’s high jump by clearing a height of 1.95m (6ft 4.75ft) to finish fifth among the field. On the women’s side, junior Hannah Kelly placed third in her section behind a season best jump of 1.61m (5-3.25ft).
Graduate student Eric Duffy was the top collegiate finisher in his section of the men’s pole vault as he cleared 5.15m (16-10.75ft) to finish second.
Competing in the Women’s Hammer Elite which opened Saturday’s Year Two events Moorea Mitchell delivered another strong performance. Mitchell recorded a throw of 53.84m (176ft 8), which was good for fourth place among the field. First-year student Max Strong took part in the men’s long jump with Mellinger, taking fourth place behind a jump of 7.12 m (23-4.50 ft).
For full competition results, click HERE.
Duke returns to Durham as the Blue Devils are set to host their first and only home game of the season in the Duke Invitational. The three-day encounter will take place at Morris Williams Stadium from April 7-9. More information will be available on GoDuke.com closer to the start of the meet.
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