Ambrosio breaks 47-year-old Duke 5000m record at Virginia Challenge

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Graduate student CJ AmbrosioDuke’s outstanding performance in the men’s 5000m invitational headlined a record-breaking second day of competition at the Virginia Challenge that saw Duke’s track and field team post nine overall top-five scores from the program.

Ambrosio delivered a memorable race eclipsing the fastest 5000m time in school history. The Avon, Ohio native shaved 22 seconds off his previous best and clocked a time of 13:43.17, eclipsing Robbie Perkins’ run (13:48.90c) that lasted 47 years.

Senior Dana Baker kicked things off for the Blue Devils in women’s javelin. Competing in the first event of the day, Baker set the tone for the day with a personal best 51.51m (169ft). His throw was good for second place among the field and moved him up one spot to second all-time on the Duke list. Scott Campbell also achieved a men’s personal best. The sophomore earned fourth place after throwing 69.63m (228-5ft) on the second attempt, improving his No. 5 program rating in the process.

Opening of track events for the Blue Devils, senior Kelcie Simmons and graduate student Donovan Lancer each recorded strong outings in the women’s and men’s 100m. After qualifying for the final with a time of 11.71 seconds in the preliminaries, Simmons placed fifth thanks to her personal best of 11.59 seconds and found herself tied for second place overall. time in program records. Spearman did his damage in the men’s prelims finishing in 10.46 seconds to place fourth at Duke.

Two female distance runners have also etched their names in Duke’s record books, including one who made her career debut. Graduate student Michaela Reinhart continued her regular outdoor campaign with another outstanding performance – this one in the women’s 5000m invitational – as she shaved seconds off her previous best to finish in 15:53.08, improving her time #2 program of all time. Junior Emily Cole took part in his second 3000m steeplechase of the season and earned a spot on the program’s all-time list. Cole shaved nearly eight seconds off his previous best time, clocking 10:15.99 for the fifth-fastest time in program history.

The women’s long jump saw a graduate student Erin Swamp and senior Isabelle Wakefield each placing in the top four via personal bests while tallying Duke’s top five marks. Wakefield took second and moved up to fourth all-time as she soared 6.24m (20-5.75ft) on her fourth attempt. Marsh’s jump was good for fourth place and measured 20-3.50 feet (6.18m), giving him sole control of the No. 5 spot on the schedule list.

Duke also recorded four other top-five placements, starting with a graduate student Nick Dahl who clocked 3:41.06 to finish second in the elite 1500m. junior Carly King and Jenna Crean finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 400m with times of 54.45 seconds and 54.48 seconds, while graduate student Eric Duffy ranked fifth in the elite pole vault with a clearance of 5.11 m (16–9.25 ft).

To see the full day two results, click HERE (PDF).

Duke wraps up the Virginia Challenge on Saturday starting with the men’s high jump at 12:05 p.m.

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