GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Recent Duke graduate Juliet Bottorff concluded her college career on a high note, not only on the track, but also in the classroom, as the Newark, Del., native was named the 2014 ACC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced by the conference office Wednesday. In addition to Bottorff, eight members of the Duke women’s track and field team were named to the All-ACC Academic Team, tying Florida State for the most student-athletes receiving the honor. On the men’s side, an ACC-leading 10 student-athletes from the Duke men’s track and field team were named to the list.
An individual must earn a minimum 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative average during his or her academic career to be eligible for All-ACC Academic Team consideration.
Joining Bottorff on the women’s All-ACC Academic Team includes rising seniors Abby Farley (Economics), Lauren Hansson (Political Science), Karli Johonnot (Psychology) and Elizabeth Kerpon (Public Policy), rising junior Megan Clark (Psychology) and rising sophomores Madeline Kopp, Haley Meier and Christine Streisel, all of whom are undeclared. Hansson, Johonnot and Kerpon are named to the All-ACC Academic Team for the second time in their respective careers, while Clark, Farley, Kopp, Meier and Streisel are each named to the team for the first time.
For the men, recent graduates Justin Amezquita (Mechanical Engineering), Tanner Anderson (Biology), Brian Atkinson (Biology), Curtis Beach (Psychology), Michael Krone (Mechanical Engineering) and Marcus Wright (Cultural Anthropology), rising seniors Shaun Thompson (Biophysics) and Nate McClafferty (Economics) and rising juniors Carl Heinz (Earth & Ocean Sciences) and Robert Rohner (Psychology) were each named to the All-ACC Academic Team.
Beach and Anderson each highlight the Duke men’s contingent, being named to the team for the fourth time in their respective careers, while Amezquita appeared on the list for the third time in his career. Atkinson, Wright, Thompson and McClafferty all received the honor for the second time in their respective careers. Heinz, Krone and Rohner each appeared on the list for the first time.
Established in September 2007, the ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is presented annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in each sport. A student-athlete is eligible for the honor by maintaining a 3.0 grade point average for their career, as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
Bottorff’s accolades in her final season at Duke were numerous. In addition to garnering ACC Track Performer of the Year honors for both the indoor and outdoor season, she also received ACC Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. Bottorff’s prowess in the classroom was rewarded, earning both an ACC postgraduate scholarship and an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Prior to garnering her conference scholar-athlete honors, Bottorff was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America First Team.
Most recently, on the track, Bottorff placed fourth in the women’s 10,000 at the United States Track & Field (USATF) Championships in Sacramento, Calif., crossing the line as the first collegiate competitor in a time of 32:40.61. Prior to her USATF Championships performance, Bottorff earned two All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, placing third in the women’s 10,000 and fifth in the women’s 5,000. Bottorff’s time of 15:55.94 in the 5,000 ranks second on Duke’s all-time list.
Bottorff saw similar success at the conference level this season, earning the first ACC title of her career after running a conference championship meet record time of 32:35.72 for 10,000 meters. Bottorff’s fastest 10,000m performance came at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, where she placed 14th overall in a highly competitive field, running both an ACC and school record time of 32:25.69.