DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke track and field program sends a combined five competitors and one relay team to the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M. One distance medley relay and three individuals are set to represent the Duke women and two male competitors will compete for the Duke men.
The national championship meet, scheduled for Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, is set to air live on ESPN3 starting at 7:55 p.m. (EST) on March 14 and 7:50 p.m. (EST) on March 15. A tape delay of the championships will also air Saturday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. (EST) on ESPNU.
Tanner Anderson | High Jump | Personal Record: 7-4.25 (2.24) | Season Best: 7-3.00 (2.21)
Senior Tanner Anderson is set to conclude his collegiate indoor track and field career in perfect symmetry, qualifying for the national championships during his freshman season and again in his senior campaign. Anderson posted a season-best mark of 7-3.00 (2.21) at the 2014 ACC Indoor Championships, placing second overall and earning indoor All-ACC honors for the first time in his career. Anderson appeared in three meets in 2014, winning the Virginia Tech Challenge with a clearance of 6-11.75 (2.13) and taking third at the Armory Collegiate Invitational with a mark of 6-9.00 (2.06).
Curtis Beach | Heptathlon | Personal Record: 6,138 points | Season Best: 6,011 points
Redshirt senior Curtis Beach looks to culminate a spectacular Duke indoor track and field career at this year’s national championships. Beach prepares for his fourth NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships after qualifying for the same event in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Beach won the heptathlon in his most recent appearance at the national championships back in 2012, setting a conference and school record while amassing 6,138 points. The Albuquerque, N.M., native enters Friday morning’s competition following a record-setting performance at the ACC Championships two weeks earlier. Beach not only broke the previous conference meet record, but also bested the Clemson Indoor Track and Field facility record, posting a score of 5,987 points en route to the second ACC heptathlon title of his career.
Juliet Bottorff | 5,000 meters | Personal Record: 15:49.45 | Season Best: 15:49.80
Graduate student Juliet Bottorff toes the line for the final NCAA Division I Indoor Championships of her collegiate career. Bottorff is familiar with the national indoor championships meet, participating in the event in 2011 and again in 2013. Bottorff set her personal best 5,000-meter time at last season’s national indoor championships, crossing the line in seventh place after clocking a time of 15:49.45, garnering first-team All-America honors for the Newark, Del., native. Bottorff looks to carry momentum over from the conference championship, after clinching the 5,000m title for the second consecutive year.
Megan Clark | Pole Vault | Personal Record: 14-5.25 (4.40) | Season Best: 14-5.25 (4.40)
Sophomore Megan Clark’s progression throughout the 2014 season suggests endless potential for the Fort Benning, Ga., native as she enters Friday’s pole vault competition with a season and personal-best clearance of 14-5.25 (4.40), recorded at the 2014 ACC Indoor Championships. Clark’s efforts earned her a school record in the event and a second-place finish at the conference championships, leading to the first All-ACC honor of Clark’s career. The two-time ACC Performer of the Week owns the third-highest clearance in the nation this season with her personal-best mark. Clark improved by nearly a foot over the course of the 2014 indoor season, opening competition with a clearance of 13-3.50 (4.05) at the Virginia Tech Invitational.
Karli Johonnot | High Jump | Personal Record: 5-11.50 (1.82) | Season Best: 5-11.50 (1.82)
Redshirt sophomore Karli Johonnot, Duke’s record holder in the high jump, enters Saturday’s competition with the 15th-highest clearance in the nation after posting a height of 5-11.50 (1.82). Johonnot’s record came at the Dick Taylor UNC Challenge. Johonnot placed seventh at this year’s conference championship, recording a mark of 5-9.75 (1.77). Also a multi-event athlete, Johonnot notched a clearance of 5-10.50 (1.79) in the conference championships pentathlon one day earlier than her seventh-place effort.
Anima Banks (1200m), Elizabeth Kerpon (400m), Haley Meier (800m), Audrey Huth (1600m), Abby Farley (Alt.), Madeline Kopp (Alt.) | Distance Medley Relay | DMR Season Best: 11:06.87
Duke sends a distance medley relay team to the national indoor championships for the second consecutive year and the fourth time in nine years as the foursome of sophomore Anima Banks, junior Elizabeth Kerpon, freshman Haley Meier and graduate student Audrey Huth look to represent Duke Friday evening. The DMR contingent placed first at the Iowa State Classic earlier in the season, clocking a season-best time of 11:06.87, the 13th-fastest time in the nation. Only 10 relays competing Friday evening posted faster times than Duke this season. Banks and Kerpon return with national championships experience, competing as members of the ninth-place Duke DMR from the 2013 national championships meet.