DURHAM, N.C. – Six Duke student-athletes were tabbed to the 2018 All-ACC Academic Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Team as announced by the conference Wednesday.
The Blue Devils that received the honor were graduate student Steven Solomon, juniors Iyin Battle and Rivers Ridout, sophomores Michael Marsack and Matt Wisner and freshman Jacob Sobota.
Duke’s six All-ACC Academic selections are tied for second in the league. Virginia Tech leads the way with eight selections, while Duke and Syracuse follow in second. Rounding out the list is Georgia Tech (4), Louisville (4), NC State (4), Notre Dame (4), Virginia (3), Clemson (2), Florida State (2), North Carolina (2), Wake Forest (2), Miami (1) and Pitt (1).
Solomon finished out his Duke career as a two-time All-America selection, earning Second Team All-America in the 400m during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. The Sydney, Australia native is also the Duke record holder in the indoor and outdoor 400m, indoor 600m and helped set the school mark in the outdoor sprint medley relay.
A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Battle rounded out his junior campaign as one of the ACC’s best in the men’s hammer throw. Battle is second all-time at Duke after he launched the hammer 189-3 (57.69) at the ACC Championships May 12, earning Second Team All-ACC laurels. He finished in the top five on four different occasions in 2018, including taking the top spot at the Outdoor Opener (March 24).
Ridout rounded out his junior season as one of Duke’s top jumpers, earning All-ACC Second Team honors. The Searcy, Ark., native recorded the second-best jump in Duke high jump history, tallying a 7-0.50 (2.10) at the Duke Invitational (April 21).
In his sophomore season at Duke, Marsack earned All-ACC Second Team honors for the second-consecutive year. The Stroudsburg, Pa., native finished in sixth at the ACC Championships (May 12) with a throw of 212-1 (64.65). His throw of 216-8 (66.03) at the Battle of the Blues landed him a second-place finish and the fourth-best throw in program history.
A Second Team All-ACC honoree in 2018, Wisner is fourth all-time at Duke in the 800m with a time of 1:48.04 at the Duke Invitational (April 21). Wisner was also a member of the sprint medley relay team that broke Duke’s 1971 school record by nearly six seconds, recording a 3:16.52 at the Penn Relays (April 27).
Sobota wrapped up his debut campaign as a Blue Devil by finishing fourth in the decathlon at the ACC Championships and earning All-ACC Second Team honors. The Knoxville, Tenn., native wasted no time in getting his name in the Duke record books, as he was a member of the sprint medley team that set the school record with a 3:16.52 at the Penn Relays on April 27.
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.
Virginia Tech redshirt senior pole vaulter Torben Laidig was recognized as the 2018 ACC Men's Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Blue Devils on 2018 All-ACC Academic Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Team
Iyin Battle, Duke; Jr.; Political Science
Michael Marsack, Duke, So.; Evolutionary Anthropology
Rivers Ridout, Duke; Jr.; Psychology
Jacob Sobota, Duke, Fr.; Undeclared
Steven Solomon, Duke; Gr.; Masters of Management Studies
Matt Wisner, Duke, So.; Public Policy
ACC Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Torben Laidig, Virginia Tech