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Duke Set for 2012 Outdoor T&F ACC Championships
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/18/2012
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DURHAM, N.C.-  ­­The Duke track and field team travels to Charlottesville, Va., this weekend, April 19-21, to compete in the 2012 Outdoor Track and Field ACC Championships.  Over 50 Blue Devils will make the trip up to Lannigan Field on the grounds of the University of Virginia to participate in the three day competition.

2012 ACC Outdoor Championship

Date April 19-21
Location Charlottesville, VA
Admission Free!
Meet Info Directions
Meet Schedule Friday Video
Live Results Saturday Video

Duke will start the weekend off strong with sophomore Curtis Beach, the 2012 NCAA and ACC indoor heptathlon champion, competing in the men's decathlon event on Thursday afternoon.  He will be joined by fellow decathletes freshmen Terrence Neal and Ian Rock.  On the women's side, sophomore Miray Seward and freshman Teddi Maslowski will represent the Blue Devils in the women's heptathlon. 

In the field events, NCAA All-American sophomore Michelle Anumba will kick off the weekend with the women's hammer throw while freshman Kyler Shumway will represent the men in the event.  The Thursday throwing events will conclude with the men's javelin where Duke's Austin Carpenter, Thomas Lang and Zach Robertshaw are set to compete. 

The Blue Devils will be represented well in the days only open track event, the 10,000 meter run.  Senior Andrew Brodeur, junior Joseph Elsakr and sophomore Brian Atkinson will compete for the men while seniors Carly Seymour and Mary Carleton Johnston, juniors Megan Deakins and Kayla Hale and sophomores Juliet Bottorff and Ashley Brasovan will represent the women.  This is Bottorff's first time racing in a Duke uniform since she won the 10,000 meters at the 2011 NCAA Championships. 

On Friday, the multi-event athletes will wrap up their competition in the early afternoon and will be followed by two-time ACC Champion senior Amy Fryt and junior Emily Mattoon in the women's pole vault.  Fryt earned her conference titles in 2009 and 2010 and was forced to sit out last year due to injury.  The Goldsboro, N.C., native looks to capture her third crown in her final ACC Championship.  On the men's side, sophomore Justin Amezquita will be the lone male Blue Devil participating in the event. 

In the throws, Anumba is the favorite in the women's shot put and will be joined by sophomore Erica Brand.  The Rancho Cucomango, Calif., native won the 2012 indoor title in this event and went on to earn second-team All-America honors.   On the men's side, senior Michael Barbas is set to compete in his final ACC Championship event. 

Juniors Andrea Hopkins and 2011 ACC Champion Shannon Sullivan will represent the women in the javelin throw to close out the Friday throwing events.

Events on the track commence at 4:00 p.m. on Friday with preliminary rounds.  Some of the events to watch include the men's 1500 meters trials where sophomore Domenick DeMatteo, junior Brendan Pierson, freshmen Nate McClafferty and Brian Schoepfer will fight for slots in Saturday's final.  In one of the last events of the evening, junior Dominick Robinson and freshman Shaun Thompson will race in the 3,000 meter steeplechase finals.

On the women's side, senior All-American Cydney Ross and freshman Abby Farley will compete in the women's 800 meter run with hopes of earning slots in Saturday's final heat. 

Saturday, the final day of competition, will begin with the sophomore duo of Tanner Anderson and Michael Krone in the men's high jump while Brand and senior Michael Barbas will close out the field competition in the discus. 

On the track, the athletes who qualified for finals will compete on Saturday afternoon.  To close out the distance events, Brodeur, Atkinson, DeMatteo, Robinson and Thompson will be joined by freshman Morgan Pearson in the men's 5,000 meters, while junior Madeline Morgan will represent the women's squad at the same distance. 

In the final and arguably most exciting event of the weekend, seniors Caleb Duncanson and Clark, sophomore Matt Marriott and freshman Kyle Moran will join forces in the men's 4x400 meter relay while the women's quartet consisting of senior Brittany Whitehead and freshmen Elizabeth Kerpon, Alexis Roper and Lauren Hansson will close out the meet.          

Duke hopes to continue its championship trend set in the indoor season where Duke brought home a record-setting four individual titles between the men's and women's squads.  Friday and Saturday's action will be streamed live at and live results will be available.  For a full recap of Blue Devil performances, check out at the conclusion of each event day.