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Blue Devils fare well at Penn Relays

Competing in one of the sport's signature amateur events, several members of the track and field team qualified for postseason play with high finishes this weekend at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

After winning the distance medley relay last year at Penn, Duke took sixth this year.

In the final day of the meet Sunday, the men's and women's 4x800 meter relay teams ran well enough to qualify them for postseason play in the IC4As for the women and ECACs for the men.

In addition to the impressive performances on the track, head coach Norm Ogilvie said some of his team's best performances came in the field events.

Junior Jonathan Fay won third in the men's pole vault while sophomore Lara Jones' effort on the women's side was enough to qualify her for IC4A regionals.

"We had a good, solid weekend testing ourselves against the best in the country," Ogilvie said, adding his team was tired after last weekend's ACCs. "It's the biggest spectator event all year."

Duke will compete next in the Duke Twilight meet Sunday beginning at 5 p.m. The Duke Twilight will be the final opportunity for Duke's competitors to qualify for postseason play.

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