PRINCETON, N.J. – After fielding one of its strongest teams in years, both the men and women walked out of the IC4A/ECAC champions victorious. The men picked up 74.5 points over the three day meet, 13.5 points ahead of second place George Mason, while the women’s 73.75 was eight ahead of number two UConn. The final day saw six more Blue Devils crowned champions.
The biggest win of the day came from freshman Tanner Anderson, who after an early stumble, was able to clear 7’4.25” on his first attempt in the men’s high jump. This is a new personal record for Anderson, who holds the North Carolina prep record of 7’3” and is currently the fifth best mark in the country. Teammate Michael Krone was able to clear 6’10.75” on his second attempt to take fifth at the meet.
The day's second victory came from Juliet Bottorff in the women’s 3000m. Running alongside Madeline Morgan, Bottorff ran a new personal record and the fourth best time in school history, 9:25.44. Morgan was not far behind and took third place with a time of 9:27.49.
Also on the track was junior Cydney Ross, who ran a new school record of 2:05.32 in the women’s 800m. Ross took second place by only two tenths of a second. The final open race was run by Esther Vermeer. Her time of 4:26.11 in the 1,500 was a strong enough to grab fifth place.
In the field, senior John Austin closed out his final IC4A championship with a second place finish in the javelin, throwing 226’6”. Also throwing for the Blue Devils was Michael Barbas and Michelle Anumba in the shot put. Both athletes took third with Barbas throwing 55’5.75” and Anumba’s effort of 50’5.25”.
The final Duke events were the men’s and women’s 4x800m. The women’s team of Gabby Levac, Rebecca Craigie, Vermeer and Kate Van Buskirk won in 8:44.38 and captured Duke’s final championship event. The men’s team of Matt Marriott, Sean-Pat Oswald, Domenick DeMatteo and Stephen Clark, ran 7:29.16 to take seventh place.
All of these athletes garnered All-East accolades for finishing in the top eight of their events in the 90 plus school meet.
Duke’s next competition will be the NCAA First Round held in Bloomington Ind.