Duke T&F: Blue Devils Show Strong First Day Performances

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Duke men’s and women’s track and field program completed day one of competition at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and at the Liberty Invitational in Lynchburg, Va.

Sophomore Nikhil Pulimood was the lone Blue Devil competing in Lynchburg today in the men’s 5,000m. Pulimood clocked in at 15:12.29 to garner third-place to round out today’s performance.

On the campus of the University of Arkansas, Sydnei Murphy once again proved to be a force on and off the track. Murphy placed fourth out of 32 in the long jump with a leap of 20-0.50 (6.11). Murphy currently holds the second-best mark in Duke history with 20-3.00 (6.17).

Murphy also qualified for the 60m finals after she posted a time of 7.54. In the finals, she clocked in at 7.53.

Members of the sprint flock competed in the women’s 400m dash including senior Madeline Kopp and sophomore MacKenzie Kerr. Kopp produced her fastest time this indoor season, clocking in at 54.17, while Kerr etched her name among Duke’s greats. The Richmond, Va., native crossed the finish line in 55.79, a personal-best and tied for fifth on the school record list.

Competition will continue tomorrow with the Blue Devils rounding out their time in Arkansas and Virginia.

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