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27 Blue Devils Accepted To Compete in NCAA 1st Round
Sunday 05/21/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke track and field team will send 27 competitors to the NCAA East Preliminary Round Meet, as announced by the association Thursday. The three-day competition, hosted by the University of North Florida, is scheduled to take place in Jacksonville, Fla., beginning Thursday, May 29 and running until Saturday, May 31.

The two NCAA preliminary round meets, divided between the east and the west, provide an opportunity for the top-12 finishers in each event at each site to qualify for the national championship meet in Eugene, Ore. The combined top 24 declared competitors in each event from the two sites will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Duke is represented by five participants in the throwing events. Redshirt sophomore Thomas Lang is set to compete in the javelin after winning the conference title in the same event earlier this season while fellow redshirt sophomore Stephen Boals is scheduled to participate in both the shot put and discus for the second consecutive year at the first round meet. Joining Boals in the discus is redshirt senior Austin Gamble, who is slated to compete in the first round meet for the third time in his career.

For the women, freshman Christine Streisel enters the first regional preliminary meet of her collegiate career, competing in the javelin Thursday afternoon. In the women’s shot put, redshirt senior Michelle Anumba enters the event scheduled for Saturday. Anumba last competed in the NCAA East Preliminary Round Meet in 2012, when she placed 12th in the shot put and 25th in the hammer throw.

Duke will send three high jumpers to next weekend’s meet. Duke is the only team to see three high jumpers compete in the first round contest, followed by Penn, Cornell, Penn State, Western Kentucky, Kentucky and Youngstown State, all of whom will enter two high jumpers into the competition. Senior Tanner Anderson, redshirt junior Michael Krone and sophomore Carl Heinz are all set to represent Duke in the high jump. Anderson and Krone both boast a wealth of experience at the regional first round meet, with a combined six trips between the two. Their counterpart, Heinz, takes to the high jump apron in Jacksonville for the first time in his career.

The Blue Devils will be represented in the pole vault by sophomore Megan Clark in the women’s contest, while senior Justin Amezquita is scheduled to participate in the men’s pole vault. Clark, who owns the third-highest clearance in the nation this season at 14-7.25 (4.45), competes in the second NCAA East Preliminary Round Meet of her collegiate career. Amezquita also owns experience at the first round meet, entering the competition for the third consecutive year.

A total of 17 individuals and one relay qualified for the first round contest on the track, with 10 individuals, including sophomore Anima Banks (800), redshirt sophomore Karli Johonnot (high jump), juniors Abby Farley (800; 4x400), Lauren Hansson (400; 4x400), Nate McClafferty (1,500), Elizabeth Kerpon (200; 4x400) and Shaun Thompson (5,000), senior Brian Atkinson (10,000) and graduate students Mike Moverman (5,000) and Juliet Bottorff (5,000; 10,000) boasting at least one year of experience at the meet.  

Seven individuals enter next weekend’s competition for the first time in their collegiate careers, including freshmenHaley Meier (1,500) and Madeline Kopp (400; 4x400), sophomores Madison Granger (1,500) and Robert Rohner (100), redshirt sophomore Teddi Maslowski (400 hurdles), senior Ashley Berry (3,000 steeple) and graduate student Audrey Huth (1,500).

The 4x400m relay, which owns the school record in the event, comprised of Hansson, Kopp, Kerpon and Farley, is also slated to compete.

A full list of competitors is available here (women) and here (men).

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Day Time Event Name
Thursday 12 p.m. (M) Javelin Thomas Lang
Thursday 4 p.m. (M) Shot Put Stephen Boals
Thursday 5 p.m. (W) 400-Meter Hurdles Teddi Maslowski
Thursday 5:30 p.m. (W) Javelin Christine Streisel
Thursday 5:30 p.m. (M) 1,500-Meter Run Nate McClafferty
Thursday 6 p.m. (W) 1,500-Meter Run Haley Meier
Audrey Huth
Madison Granger
Thursday 6:30 p.m. (M) 100-Meter Dash Robert Rohner
Thursday 7:45 p.m. (W) 400-Meter Dash Madeline Kopp
Lauren Hansson
Thursday 8:35 p.m. (W) 800-Meter Run Anima Banks
Abby Farley
Thursday 9 p.m. (M) 10,000-Meter Run Brian Atkinson
Thursday 9:40 p.m. (W) 10,000-Meter Run Juliet Bottorff
Friday 12 p.m. (W) Pole Vault Megan Clark
Friday 5 p.m. (W) High Jump Karli Johonnot
Friday 8:25 p.m. (W) 200-Meter Dash Elizabeth Kerpon
Friday 9:30 p.m. (W) 3,000-Meter Steeplechase Ashley Berry
Saturday 12 p.m. (M) Pole Vault Justin Amezquita
Saturday 12 p.m. (M) Discus Stephen Boals
Saturday 4 p.m. (W) Shot Put Michelle Anumba
Saturday 5 p.m. (M) High Jump Tanner Anderson
Carl Heinz
Michael Krone
Saturday 8:05 p.m. (M) 5,000-Meter Run Mike Moverman
Shaun Thompson
Saturday 8:45 p.m. (W) 5,000-Meter Run Juliet Bottorff
Saturday 9:45 p.m. (W) 4x400-Meter Relay Lauren Hansson
Elizabeth Kerpon
Madeline Kopp
Abby Farley

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