DURHAM, N.C. – A successful year in the classroom was recognized on Wednesday for the Duke women’s track & field program, as the Blue Devils placed seven student-athletes on the 2018 All-ACC Academic Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Team.
Earning spots for the Blue Devils were seniors Madison Heath and Maddy Price, juniors MacKenzie Kerr, Jaida Lemmons and India Lowe and sophomores Brittany Aveni and Laura Marty. The 2018 outdoor year marks the fourth honor for Heath and second for Kerr, Lowe, Marty and Price.
Duke’s seven female All-ACC Academic selections are tied for third in the league. Virginia Tech leads the conference with nine selections, while Florida State came in second with eighth. Notre Dame tied Duke with seven selections. Rounding out the list is Louisville (6), Clemson (5), Virginia (5), Wake Forest (5), Miami (4), Pitt (4), NC State (3), Georgia Tech (2), North Carolina (2), Syracuse (2) and Boston College (1).
Heath rounds out her career with decorated All-American career with the fourth All-ACC Academic Team honor of her career. An All-ACC Second Team honoree in 2018, Heath captured the second-highest pole vault in school history with a clearance of 14-7.25 (4.45) at the Texas Relays in March. She turned in a clearance of 13-7.25 (4.15) for fourth place at the ACC Championships, capturing All-ACC honors in the event for the second-straight season.
One of the top runners in school history, Price leaves Duke with her name displayed throughout the program record book. The Hillsborough, Calif., native owns five school records: 200m, 400m, 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400, with four of those set in 2018. Price was a member of the 4x400 relay team that clocked a 3:32.26 at the NCAA Championships, the second-fastest showing in school history, to earn All-America Second Team honors. That squad had set the school record just a week and a half before with a 3:32.41 mark at the NCAA East Regional.
A junior who earned All-America honors for the second-straight year in 2018, Kerr was a member of the 4x400 relay team that recorded the top two fastest times in Duke history with a 3:32.21 at the NCAA East Regional and 3:32.26 at the NCAA Championships. The Richmond, Va., native.
Lemmons was a star in the javelin and heptathlon for the Blue Devils in 2018. Her third-place finish in the heptathlon at the ACC Championships (May 12) is the third-best finish in program history and earned her All-ACC First Team laurels for the second-straight season. A native of Desoto, Texas, Lemmons also recorded a first-place showing at the Battle of the Blues with a javelin throw of 140-10 (42.92).
Lowe earned her second All-America Second Team honor in 2018 as a member of the 4x400 relay team that finished ninth with a time of 3:32.26 at the NCAA Championships, the second-fastest performance in school history. She was also a member of the foursome that recorded a time of 3:32.21 at the NCAA East Regional, which still stands as a school record. The Mechanicsville, Va., native was also a member of the 4x100 relay team that recorded the second-fastest time in school history with a 44.73 at the Duke Invitational (April 21).
A native of Geneva, Ohio, Aveni capped her sophomore season by earning the first All-America honors of her career. Running the 400m leg of the women’s 4x400 relay, Aveni helped the Blue Devils secure All-America Second Team laurels for the highest NCAA Championships finish by a Duke 4x400 relay team. Aveni was also a member of the 4x400 relay team that recorded a 3:32.21 mark at the NCAA East Prelims, a school record.
Marty wrapped up year two in Durham by making her second-straight trip to the NCAA Championships and earning her second All-America honor in the process as a pole vaulter. After being tabbed All-America Honorable Mention in 2017, the Seattle, Wash., native earned the highest finish of her career in 2018 with a mark of 13-7.25 (4.15) to record All-America Second Team laurels. Her 13-9.25 (4.20) at the Tennessee Relays (April 13) is the fourth-best mark in school history.
The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.
Syracuse junior distance runner Paige Stoner was recognized as the 2018 ACC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Blue Devils on 2018 All-ACC Academic Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Team
Brittany Aveni, Duke, So., Evolutionary Anthropology
Madison Heath, Duke, Sr.; Psychology ****
MacKenzie Kerr, Duke, Jr.; Political Science **
Jaida Lemmons, Duke, Jr.; English
India Lowe, Duke, Jr.; Psychology **
Laura Marty, Duke, So.; Psychology **
Maddy Price, Duke, Sr.; Sociology **
* Number of All-ACC Academic Team honors
ACC Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Paige Stoner, Syracuse