Duke track to host Battle of the Blues
DURHAM After a stellar season-opening performance at the Raleigh Relays, the Duke track & field program will compete in front of the home crowd this weekend, hosting North Carolina and Michigan for the Battle of the Blues April 1-2 at Morris Williams Track & Field Stadium.
Kicking off the 2016 outdoor season at the Raleigh Relays this past weekend, Duke combined for 29 top-10 finishes during the two days of competition. Graduate student Shaun Thompson and sophomore Maddy Price highlighted the action on the track for the Blue Devils. Running the first outdoor 10,000 of his career, Thompson clocked a 29:02.18 to place second , the second-fastest time in both Duke history and among NCAA Division I student-athletes this season. Price, also making a collegiate debut in the 100, blazed to an 11.65 in the prelims to set the school record by nearly two-tenths of a second. The Menlo, Calif., native encored that performance by taking fourth in the 100 final before placing third in both the 200 and the 4x200 relay.
Also on the track, the men picked up a win in the 4x1500 relay, capped by junior Alec Kunzweiler running a strong anchor leg. For the women, redshirt senior Teddi Maslowski showed her prowess in the hurdles, claiming second in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles.
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Elon: The middle three games of a five-game homestand for the Phoenix baseball team will be played this weekend with the team hosting the College of Charleston Cougars.
Wake Forest: The team had its four-match winning streak snapped last Sunday with a 6-1 home loss to No. 10-ranked Duke. The team topped Pittsburgh, 5-2, last Friday. With Joanna Zalewski out of the lineup, Luisa Fernandez earned the Deacs’ lone point with a straight-set win over No. 78 Ellyse Hamlin at No. 5 singles.
N.C. State: The team prepares to host its fifth consecutive home match Friday at 4:30 pm at the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center, as it welcomes triangle neighbor and ACC opponent Duke (10-10, 3-4 ACC). After Friday's match, the Wolfpack will head to Louisville, Ky., to face the Cardinals (11-12, 0-7 ACC) at 12 p.m. Sunday.
Duke: The Blue Devils and Notre Dame are set to faceoff for the 23rd time in program history Sunday. The Blue Devils hold a 19-3 advantage over the Fighting Irish in the previous 22 matches between the two teams. They carry a six-match win streak against Notre Dame into Sunday’s contest, which dates back to a 5-2 win in a neutral site match March 12, 2010.
Wake Forest: Anna Ulyashchenko earned ACC Co-Player of the Week honors last week after for her efforts in wins against No. 38 Notre Dame, No. 10 Virginia and East Carolina. She was the first freshman since Ashlee Davis in 2004 to win the award. Kimmy Guerin earned the same honor for the second time in her career on Feb. 16.
Duke: The second-ranked team will conclude the regular season this weekend as the Blue Devils will compete in the 44th annual Liz Murphy Collegiate Classic April 1-3 at the 6,307-yard, par 72 University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga. Competing this weekend will be Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Denver, Duke, Georgia, Kent State, Northwestern, Oregon State, Purdue, Southern California and UCLA. The 2016 LMCC field includes six teams which have combined to win 13 of the past 16 NCAA Championships. It also features seven out of the top 10 teams in the latest Golfweek rankings.
Track and Field
St. Augustine’s: Hurdler Shawn Rowe and legendary coach George Williams were honored by the CIAA on Thursday. Rowe was named CIAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Runner of the Week and Williams was chosen CIAA Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Week. Rowe is ranked first in the CIAA and fourth nationally in Division II in the 110-meter hurdles after running 14.07 seconds in the Raleigh Relays this past weekend. He also is a member of the Falcons’ 4x100-meter relay squad which is ranked No. 1 in Division II after winning the Raleigh Relays in 40.04 seconds.
Duke: Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea and sophomore midfielder Maddie Crutchfield both garnered midseason All-America recognition from Inside Lacrosse. In addition, Duryea was tabbed the Most Outstanding Goalie at the midpoint of the season by Lacrosse Magazine. Duryea was a first team pick on the Inside Lacrosse and Lacrosse Magazine midseason All-America lists after beginning the season as an honorable mention selection by Inside Lacrosse.
Swimming and Diving
N.C. State: The team swept the swimming annual conference awards for the second consecutive year. Braden Holloway is ACC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year, Simonas Bilis is ACC Male Swimmer of the Year and Justin Ress is ACC Male Freshman of the Year honors.
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