Track & Field
Duke Track & Field BIO
2009-10: In the fall, competed at both the Great American XC Festival and the Panorama Farms Invitational, running a season-best 25:37.82 at the Panorama Farms ... indoors, ran in the mile, 3,000m and DMR events ... in the mile, clocked 4:05.68, the No. 3 all-time Duke performance, to finish fourth at the Virginia Tech Classic ... turned in a season-best 8:21.28 time over 3,000m to place ninth at the Armory Collegiate in New York ... member of the school-record-setting DMR squad that clocked 9:34.39 at the Alex Wilson Invitational on Mar. 5 ... during the outdoor season, turned in the No. 5 Duke performance in the 1,500m with a 3:42.77 showing at the Carolina Fast Times ... won his second consecutive ACC individual title in the 3,000m steeplechase, clocking 8:56.01 ... garnered All-East honors in the steeplechase with an 8:51.90 showing at the IC4A Championships on May 14 ... at the NCAA First Round, ran a personal-best 8:44.36, also the No. 2 performance at Duke, to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. ... finished 20th at the NCAA Championships in 8:55.47 ... finished out the season at the USATF National Championships
2008-09: Building his fall strength as a member of the cross country team, earned All-East honors as Duke's sixth man on the IC4A Championship team ... indoors, became No. 4 all-time at Duke with an 8:16.92 clocking over 3,000m ... anchored the ACC fourth-place DMR with a 4:08.40, 1,600m split ... in a 25-hour time-span, ran a 4:08.77 mile to earn a spot in the finals, then anchored the 4x800m relay with a 1:53.30 split to send the squad to the finals ... in the IC4A mile finals, earned All-East recognition with a seventh-place 4:09.72 ... his fourth and final effort was a 1:54.90 anchor in the 4x800m relay to close out a 7:33.32 time, the No. 4 all-time indoor performance at Duke, to earn another All-East honor ... outdoors, lowered his 3,000m steeplechase personal best three times, first with a 9:00.23 at the Duke Invitational, then the ACC gold medal effort in 8:56.45 and finally a fifth-place, 8:52.36 at the IC4A Championships to earn his fourth All-East honor of the year.
2007-08: Ran a personal-best 25:17.9 over 8K at the ACC Cross Country Championships on Oct. 27 ... indoors, lowered his 3,000m personal best four times, starting with a win in his first collegiate race at UNC ... turned in an 8:28.91 time in New York, followed by an 8:24.04 showing at the ACC title meet ... posted the Duke freshman record 0f 8:18.22 in the 3,000m at the IC4A Championships, then the No. 4 performance at Duke ... outdoors, ran a then-personal-best 9:03.24 to win the Penn Relays college steeplechase ... qualified for the NCAA East Regional, placing 15th at the event ... ran under the IC4A qualifying time of 9:16.00 on four occasions.
Prior to Duke: Nike Outdoor National Championship in the 2,000m steeplechase ... USATF Junior National Champion in the 3,000m steeplechase ... ran fro Team USA at the Pan-Am Games in Brazil ... two-time high school All-America in the steeplechase ... selected to Millrose High School Mile Run at Madison Square Garden ... All-America team member in the 4x800m relay and the distance medley relay ... served as president of the National Honor Society ... graduated as class salutatorian.
Personal: Son of Mary and Michael McDermott ... born March 24, 1989 ... has two brothers, Sean ('07) and Kevin ('09), and one sister, Erin ... both brothers were members of the Duke cross country and track & field teams ... uncle, Kevin Murphy, ran cross country and track at Lehigh University (1990-93) ... majoring in Political Science.
1 Mile- 4:05.68 (2/20/2010)
3K- 8:16.92 (2/6/2009)
1500m- 3:42.77 (4/10/2010)
3K Steeplechase- 8:44.36 (5/29/2010)