Wakefield second, Marsh third after day one of Texas Relays heptathlon

AUSTIN, Texas – Participating in their first meeting of the spring, senior Isabelle Wakefield and graduate student Erin Swamp both are off to strong starts in the heptathlon at the Texas Relays, as the pair currently sit in second (3,448 points) and third (3,420 points) spots, respectively, after completing four events. Teammate and graduate student Zoe Hughes is ranked 10th with 3,248 points after the first day of competition.

Wakefield got off to a flying start finishing at the top of the pack in the opening event – the 100m hurdles. Off the bat, the senior clocked a personal best 13.26 seconds, which moved her up a spot to No. 3 all-time at Duke. Marsh was right behind, placing third with a time of 13.69 seconds. Hughes’ mark of 14.04 seconds was good for eight among the field.

The next event was the women’s high jump, where Hughes and Marsh were Blue Devil’s top runners-up with a tie for 10th place. Marsh held the slight advantage over his classmate as the Buford, Georgia native cleared both of her jumps on the first attempt – the second measuring 5-5ft (1.65m). Hughes managed to clear the same height but needed two attempts to convert. With the finish, the pair added 795 points to their respective totals while Wakefield collected 759 points after finishing tied for 15th.

Hughes, Marsh and Wakefield each produced strong performances in the shot put as the trio finished just behind the other. Marsh finished fifth in the pack behind his 12.25m (40-2.25ft) throw to move up to third. Hughes and Wakefield placed sixth and seventh via throws of 12.04m (39-6ft) and 11.82m (38-9.50ft), respectively.

Wakefield capped off day one with a bang in the 200m, as she clocked the best time of her race with a personal best 24.28 seconds. The Barnstaple, Devon, England native’s time smashed her previous best of 0.65 seconds and lifted her to second overall after scoring 954 points.

Marsh cemented his place in third with a run of 24.60 seconds, the second fastest in his series, while Hughes maintained his place in 10th with a run of 25.79 seconds – just nine points from ninth place .

Hughes, Marsh and Wakefield resume competition at the Texas Relays on Thursday morning with the final three events of the heptathlon — the long jump, javelin throw and 800m race — beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT. Graduate student Lauren Hoffman will also see action at the meet as it prepares for the 400m hurdles preliminaries, scheduled for a 5:30pm CT start.

The Blue Devils will also open relay competition in Raleigh on Thursday night as several team members prepare to compete in the men’s 1500m and 5000m, women’s 10,000m, men’s and women’s javelin and women’s shot put. Field events begin at 10 a.m., with race events scheduled for a 4:45 p.m. start.

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