Duke in 10th Place Midway Through Heptathlon
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The first day of the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships started off with the heptathlon on Friday night as junior Jimmy Duke tallied 2,679 points to put him in 10th place through four events.
Duke is only 20 points off from his typical first day total, based on what he did in his previou heptathlon at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 22.
“I had a great 60, but wasn’t pleased with anything else,” Duke said. “Tomorrow is a new day and I’ll look to score more points then.”
“He’s a good leadoff man, because he’s so competitive,” Arkansas field events coach Dike Booth said. “Everyone respects him, because he gets out there and competes like a mad man. Tomorrow’s events are better suited for him so hopefully there will be a big point swing.”
Duke began on a strong note when he won his heat of the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.23 for 802 points, improving his personal best by two tenths of a second. In the long jump he posted a mark of 21-1.25 for 682 points and in the shot put he recorded a personal-best throw of 37-3.75 for 568 points. The high jump wrapped up the evening and Duke cleared 5-10.75 for 627 points.
Three events remain in the heptathlon. The 60-meter hurdles are at 2:30 p.m., the pole vault is at 3:30 p.m. and the 1,000 meters are set for 4:50 p.m.
On Saturday junior Tony Ugoh will begin the day with the weight throw at 10 a.m. in the Walker Pavilion. Events at the Randal Tyson Track Center are scheduled to start at noon with the women’s pole vault, but Arkansas will have athletes compete at 2:30 p.m. with sophomore All-American Wallace Spearmon Jr. and freshman two-sport athlete Michael Grant in the prelims of the 60-meter dash.
In addition to the weight throw, other event finals include the long jump with senior Jaanus Uudmae and sophomore Greg Martin, the high jump with junior Cory Oldham, Martin and freshmen Brent Rosson and Mychael Stewart and the 3,000 meters with senior Jason Sandfort, juniors Josphat Boit, Jose Campos, sophomores Peter Kosgei and Adam Perkins and freshman Shawn Forrest.
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