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7 women place 1st at Wake

The women's track and field team secured seven first-place finishes at the Wake Forest Open this weekend, the team's first outdoor event, while the men's squad earned two top-three marks.

Junior Lindsay Owens' 1:02.2 time in the 400-meter hurdles not only earned her first place at the meet, but also qualified her for the ECAC Championships in May.

Kelly Reynolds also qualified for the ECAC with her win in the hammer throw, and Daina Pucurs and Beth Maher qualified with their one-two finish in the javelin.

Three other competitors garnered individual titles for the women's team. Freshman Kelly McCann won the 400-meter run with her time of 58.9 seconds. Senior Allison Nesbitt captured the 100-meter hurdles in 15.16. Freshman Jessica Davlin ran a time of 2:18.31 to take the 800-meter event.

Junior Debra Vento placed second at the Raleigh Relays in the high jump Friday. Vento was the only Duke competitor at the N.C. State-hosted event.

The men's team produced several high finishes at the Wake Forest Open, despite not having an individual winner. Junior Brett Taylor placed second in the discus after throwing 45 feet, six inches, while Daniel King ran a 21.95 in the 200-meter race, good enough for third in the event. In addition, the men's 4x100 relay captured seventh place with a time of 43.62.

Friday in Winston-Salem, sophomore Tyler Clarke qualified for the IC4A in his first-career decathlon. Clark totaled 6,393 points, good enough for sixth in the event. Mark Dellavolpe also qualified for the IC4A in the javelin, as the sophomore threw 198 feet, eight inches, the second-best throw in school history.

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