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Beach Wins 800, Duke Goes One-Two in Men's Steeple
Saturday 04/07/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - Six Blue Devils finish first and several others earned personal records on the final day of the 2012 Duke Invitational at Wallace Wade Stadium.  Junior Curtis Beach raced a 1:47.99 to finish first in the men's 800 meters and freshman Shaun Thompson broke nine minutes to win the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase.  Junior Dominick Robinson finished second, behind Thompson, with a time of 9:04.88, giving the Blue Devils a one-two sweep in the grueling event. 

"We had an outstanding performance by the entire team this weekend," Duke's Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilvie noted.  "There were lots of personal records broken and several qualifying marks hit by Blue Devils in all the event areas to highlight the weekend."

Multievent athlete Beach ran a gutsy performance in the 800 to earn a personal record and a third place slot on Duke's all-time list. He also qualifed for the IC4A/ECAC Championships in Princeton, N.J. 

Thompson's come-from-behind win in the steeplechase also places him third on Duke's all-time list in the event and both he and Robinson qualified for IC4A/ECAC's with their new personal records in the event. 

"It was a great race for the freshman (Thompson) to break nine minutes in the steeple," Ogilvie commented, "All-American Ryan McDermott did not race under nine at all during his freshman year so to hit that mark so early is pretty exciting."

The other Duke champions from the day include sophomore Erica Brand in the women's discus throw with a mark of 166-07.00 which is just a few centimeters off of the personal record that she set last week to win the Raleigh Relays. 

Sophomore Justin Amezquita finished first in the men's pole vault by clearing 16-4.75 to continue his progression of the 2012 season. 

Senior Carly Seymour outran the rest of the field by almost 20 seconds in the Sally Meyerhoff 3,000 meters to finish in a time of 9:33.74. Duke's Ashley Berry and Adrianne Soo also competed in the event named after the late Duke alum and finished in eighth and 17th respectively. 

Finally, to close out the meet, the men's 4x800 meter relay team of Brendan Pierson, Kyle Moran, Nate McClafferty and Stephen Clark took home the crown with a time of 7:39.44.

Overall, Duke finished with a total of eight first place finishes on the weekend. 

Other notable Blue Devil performances on Saturday came from junior Michelle Anumba who finished second in the women's hammer throw with a new school record and personal best toss of 183-08 (55.99).  Sophomore Hannah Goranson finished third in the women's 100 meter hurdles while freshman Lauren Hansson broke 25.00 seconds in the 200 meters for the first time as a Blue Devil and finished eighth overall. Freshman Abby Farley placed second in the 800 meters with a time of personal record of 2:08.82.  Senior Michael Barbas earned a personal record in the men's discus with a throw of 161-05.00 (49.20) which was good enough for fourth place on Duke's all-time list and fifth place in the event. 

The Blue Devils will return to action next weekend, April 14th, at the UNC Outdoor Invitational.  A full recap of the weekend's events will be available at GoDuke.com.

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