NORWALK, Calif. – A handful of Blue Devils were in action Thursday representing the Duke track & field program at the Mt. Sac Relays, highlighted by graduate student Shaun Thompson breaking a 40-year old school record.
Running in the Men’s 10,000-Meter Run Invitational Elite event late Thursday night, Thompson stopped the clock at 28:47.48 to break Robbie Perkins’ Duke record of 28:56.80 set in 1976 by nearly 10 seconds. The Baldwinsville, N.Y., native crossed the line third overall and finished as the top collegiate racer.
“I feel honored to be able to break a 40-year old school record,” Thompson said. “It helps me appreciate those achievements that came before me.”
In addition to establishing the fastest 10K time in Duke history, the performance currently ranks first among NCAA Division I runners this season, according to the national leaderboard heading into Thursday.
Earlier in the day, a pair of Blue Devils wrapped up the second day of multi-event competition. In the Mt. Sac Relays heptathlon, redshirt senior Teddi Maslowski placed 11th with a score of 5,569 points. Entering the final session with 3,416 points, Maslowski used a mark of 18-11.50 (5.78m) in the long jump to pick up 783 points before adding 534 more in the javelin with a personal-best throw of 108-3 (33.00m). The Burgettstown, Pa., native closed out the competition with a 2:19.07 clocking in the 800, garnering 836 points. Classmate Karli Johonnot, who compiled 3,255 points on the first day, did not compete in Thursday’s session.
In the California Invitational Decathlon Section A, junior Chaz Hawkins used a career-best score of 6,718 points to place sixth overall. Ending day one with 3,740 points, Hawkins kicked off day two with a 16.83 showing in the 110-meter hurdles for 642 points, then set a personal best in the discus with a toss of 105-9 (32.25m) to pick up 509 points. The Franklin, Tenn., product then cleared 13-5.50 (4.10m) in the pole vault for 645 points before throwing the javelin 149-6 (45.58m) to add 523 points. Hawkins capped the decathlon with the 1,500, running a 4:43.40 for 659 points.
Duke will resume action Friday with the third day of the Mt. Sac Relays, along with the first day of the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif.