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Flu bug bites Duke track team

Although the men's and women's teams were battling the flu, some Blue Devils were able to come through and qualify for the postseason at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.

Senior Jonathan Fay had what head coach Norm Ogilvie called "the best performance of the week." Fay's pole vault of 16 feet and three quarters inches landed him third place, equaling his personal best and tying him for fourth highest vault in Duke's history.

Both the men's and women's 4x800 teams qualified for the postseason with times of 7:41.60 and 9:12.50, earning fourth and fifth place finishes, respectively.

Junior John Brockardt, sophomore Chris Rowland, freshman Tradelle Ward and freshman Dan McManamon ran the relay for the men.

It was Ward's second race of the day after already running the mile in a personal best of 4:19.30, a little less than five seconds short of the IC4A qualifying time. McManamon ran the anchor leg with the fastest split of 1:53.80.

While the Blue Devils were able to qualify for the IC4A's, Duke lost its meet record in the 4x800 to Columbia, which bested it by two tenths of a second.

The women's relay was run by freshmen Katie Doswell, Christen Harsha and Shelley Forbes, and senior Lindsay Owen.

Another women's relay-the distance medley relay-finished third in the meet and qualified for the ECAC's with a time of 11:58.50. Sophomores Jessica Davlin, Libby Jenke and Molly Lehman, and Owen ran the relay for Duke.

The Blue Devils look to get healthy for next week.

"This meet was less than 100 percent, but the big names-Chris Spooner, Shannon Rowburry, Liz Worst-who didn't compete will compete next week," Ogilvie said.

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