PRINCETON, N.J. - The Duke women clench the 2012 ECAC title with 77.5 points on Sunday, May 13, at William Weaver Track & Field Stadium in Princeton, N.J. A first place finish from sophomore thrower Michelle Anumba and two outstanding performances on the track were enough to give the Blue Devils the win.
"It was great team effort to score in the throws, the pole vault, the distance events and the women's 4x400 to get the overall victory," Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilvie commented. " I think we are also only the fifth team in history to win back-to-back titles which was great."
The men finished in fifth place out of 100 schools with a total of 39 points overall.
"The guys didn't have quite the depth that we had last year so to finish fifth, our second best finish ever, feels pretty good."
Anumba earned the four best marks of the day in the women's shot put competition to earn the first place finish. Her best throw came on her first attempt and traveled 53-8.25 (16.36). Sophomore Erica Brand, who won the discus earlier in the weekend, also competed in the event, finishing in tenth place. Anumba's performance gave Duke first place finishes in three out of four throwing events.
Freshman Carolyn Baskir ran a huge personal record of 4:23.29 in the women's 1,500 meters to finish in fifth place and garner All-East honors. The record was an impressive five second personal best and good enough to qualify the Chapel Hill, N.C., native for the first round of the NCAA Championships.
Junior Juliet Bottorff also ran a solid race and finished third in the women's 3,000 with a time of 9:36.07. Last year's NCAA champion in the 10,000 meters, plans to bump up to the longer race for the upcoming NCAA championship competition.
To close out the women's competition, the 4x400 relay team finished eighth in a time of 3:41.75. The squad consisted of freshmen Lauren Hansson, Elizabeth Kerpon and Abby Farley along with sophomore Hannah Goranson. Seniors Brittany Whitehead and Cydney Ross were unable to participate because they left the meet early to attend their graduation ceremonies back in Durham, N.C.
On the men's side, sophomore Michael Krone had the top finish of the day with a second place finish in the men's high jump. The Berwyn, Pa., native cleared 2.15 before dropping out of the competition to avoid injury. Sophomore Tanner Anderson finished in sixth place in the event by clearing 2.07. Both men earned All-East honors and valuable points toward the men's team total with their performance.
Sophomore Austin Carpenter and freshman Thomas Lang competed in the men's javelin where they finished in 10th and 14th place respectively. Carpenter's best mark of the day landed at 194-10 (59.38) while Lang threw 191-00 (58.21).
On the weekend, 18 women and seven men earned All-East honors.
Several Duke student-athletes have qualified for the first round of the NCAA Championship which is set for May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. More information on the championship event will be available soon at www.GoDuke.com.