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Duke Track & Field: Clark Sets Duke Pole Vault Record Again

NORWALK, Calif. – For the second straight day, a Duke school record fell at the Mt. Sac Relays in Norwalk, Calif. After graduate student Shaun Thompson broke the school record in the men’s 10,000 Thursday, senior Megan Clark cleared 14-11.00 (4.55m) in the pole vault Friday to break the program’s outdoor record for the second time this season.

After clearing 14-9.50 (4.51m) two weeks ago in front of the home crowd at Morris Williams Stadium in the Battle of the Blues, Clark reached new heights Friday with her school-record clearance of 14-11.00 to win the Women’s Pole Vault Open-A division, matching the meet record and currently rankings as the second-best height among NCAA Division I competitors this season. In the national records book, Clark became just the seventh women’s vaulter all-time to clear at least 14-11.00 during an NCAA outdoor season.

The Blue Devils captured the top two placings in the event as teammate Madison Heath finished second. The sophomore out of Mandeville, La., cleared 13-9.25 (4.20m) to finish just behind Clark.

On the track, a pair of Duke sprinters registered personal bests in the Women’s 400 Open event. Leading the way was sophomore Maddy Price, clocking a 53.53 to place third overall and finish as the top collegiate runner. The time for Price also ranks second all-time in the Duke records book. Competing alongside Price, freshman MacKenzie Kerr placed 19th overall with a career-best time of 54.83.

The Blue Devils will wrap up the Mt. Sac Relays tomorrow with the fourth and final day of competition. Junior Madeline Kopp is scheduled to run the women’s 400 before teaming up with Price, Kerr and redshirt senior Teddi Maslowski in the women’s 4×400. Clark and Heath will head to Long Beach, Calif., to compete in the women’s pole vault at the Beach Invitational Saturday, as well.