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Courtesy: Duke Athletics
Nati Sheppard
Hoffman, Sheppard Book Trips to Austin
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/24/2019
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Senior Nati Sheppard and sophomore Lauren Hoffman became the fourth and fifth Blue Devils to punch their tickets to the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships Friday with their performances at the NCAA East Preliminary Round.

In the 400m hurdles, Hoffman clocked in the second-fastest time in Duke outdoor history as she crossed the finish line in 57.92, a 0.41 second improvement, to place 12th overall in the quarterfinals.

Sheppard had similar success in pole vault as she tied for 11th out of 48 competitors. Sheppard posted a height of 4.07m and will join Hoffman in Austin at NCAAs for the first time in their Duke careers as individuals.

Sophomore Alex Miley came one spot short of booking a trip to Austin in the 3000m steeplechase. However, Miley has posted personal-best times throughout the season and this evening, Miley crossed the finish line in 8:49.05 to take 13th overall, which is the fourth-fastest time in program history.

Additionally, sophomore Erin Marsh qualified for Saturday’s quarterfinals in the 100m hurdles by clocking in a time of 13.49 in first round competition. Marsh will compete in the quarterfinals Saturday at 7:05 p.m., in hopes of punching her ticket to NCAAs.

Duke will close out the final day of the NCAA East Preliminary Round Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., at 2:45 p.m., beginning with the men’s shot put.



Iyin Battle

Hammer Throw

44th, 53.78m 

Ben Beatty

Shot Put


Charles Cooper


 28th, 3:54.81

Kiegan Lenihan


 25th, 62.81m

Michael Marsack


 35th, 59.74m

Alex Miley

3000m Steeplechase

13th, 8:49.05 – No. 4 Duke All-Time

Dalton Randall



Rivers Ridout

High Jump


Matt Wisner

800m – 1st Round

2nd, 1:49.35

Matt Wisner

800m – Quarterfinals

19th, 1:50.93



Brittany Aveni

800m – 1st Round

27th, 2:07.14

Kim Hallowes

1500m – 1st Round

24th, 4:23.24

Monica Hebner


11th, 33:52.83 

Lauren Hoffman

400m Hurdles – 1st Round

8th, 58.39 

Lauren Hoffman

400m Hurdles – Quarterfinals

12th, 57.92 – No. 2 Duke All-Time

Liz Lansing

1500m – 1st Round

25th, 4:23.60

India Lowe

400m Hurdles – 1st Round

19th, 58.96

India Lowe

400m Hurdles – Quarterfinals

23rd, 1:02.91

Erin Marsh

100m Hurdles – 1st Round

23rd, 13.49

Domonique Panton

Triple Jump


Sara Platek



Michaela Reinhart



Nati Sheppard

Pole Vault

T11th, 4.07m 

Stefani Vukajlovic

Hammer Throw

7th, 62.23m 

Aveni, Hoffman, Kerr, Lowe,
K. Simmons

4x400m Relay



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