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Duke Heads to IC4A/ECAC Championships
Friday 05/12/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C.- Men's and women's track and field head north this weekend for the IC4A/ECAC Championships. Held at Princeton University, the IC4A/ECAC dates back to before the founding of the NCAA and is one of the oldest championships in the country.

Both teams send one of the strongest contingents in recent memory, competing in 14 events on the men's side and 16 on the women's. Several athletes with top 25 national marks makes Duke a strong contender for both the men's and women's titles.

The women will be led by Juliet Bottorff, who currently holds the sixth fastest time in the nation in the 3,000m run. She will be running in the final open race on Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Michelle Anumba will be throwing the women's shot, where she is currently ranked 18th in the nation, and the hammer. Two weeks after winning the Penn Relay's Wheel, standout senior Kate Van Buskirk will once again be anchoring the women's 4x800m alongside Kristina Krasich, Devotia Moore and Katie Apibunyopas.

For the men, three time ACC champion Ryan McDermott will get to work in 3,000m steeplechase where he is NO. 10 in the nation. While he won't be competing in the combined events at the meet, sophomore Curtis Beach, whose decathlon score of 7543 puts him at 15 in nation, will look to stay fresh by taking part in the long jump and 110m hurdles. In the field, John Austin hits the javelin runway after setting a new school record two weeks ago at the Penn Relays.  Freshman Tanner Anderson, after clearing seven feet for the first time outdoors, will jump in the men's high jump on Sunday. Going off at the same time in the men's shot put will be Michael Barbas, whose throw at the Auburn Tiger Classic is the 25th best mark in the NCAA this year.

Live results can be found at lancertiming.com.

This is will be the final meet before NCAA first round fields are announced and Duke hits the home stretch on its six month competitive season.

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