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Four Blue Devils Punch Tickets to NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/26/2011
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Day one of the NCAA first round action kicked off today with 14 Blue Devils seeing action.  The top 12 finishers in each event after the three day meet will punch their ticket to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa from June 9-11.


Fifth year senior John Austin started things off by qualifying in the men’s javelin. Austin’s third round throw of 224’10” was good enough for a ninth place finish. The second event for Duke was the men’s shot put where Michael Barbas and Mike Schallmo looked to join Austin in Des Moines. Barbas was able to throw 57’4.25” and Schallmo put up a 54’5.25” mark. Unfortunately, their season has ended as neither athlete was able to crack the top 12.


Also in the field, Tanner Anderson and Michael Krone were slated to compete in the men’s high jump. Anderson was forced to pull out after problems with his ankle prevented him from completing his approach. Krone was able to clear 6’9” on this third attempt but was also unable to break into the top 12 of the meet. Closing out the jumps was sophomore Curtis Beach in the long jump. Beach has already qualified for the national championships in the decathlon but was unable to add the long jump to his Des Moines trip with his 23’2.5” effort.


The track events opened up with senior Kate Van Buskirk leading junior Esther Vermeer and freshman Gabby Levac in the 1,500m. Van Buskirk and Vermeer both qualified for Saturday’s quarterfinals with times of 4:30.29 and 4:28.51, respectively. Levac’s 4:36.84 kept her just out of the qualifying.


Next up was the women’s 800m featuring Cydney Ross, Devotia Moore and Katie Apibunyopas. Ross and Moore qualified for Saturday’s quarter finals when they ran in third heat to times of 2:07.70 and 2:08.27. Apibunyopas time 2:14.63 was only a few seconds away from making it to Saturday’s events.


The final events of the night were the finals of the men’s and women’s 10,000m. Juliet Bottorff and Carly Seymour took off for the women and both qualified with 33:50.60 and 33:51.42. This will be the second trip to the NCAA Championships for both women. The men had Bo Waggoner step up and qualify for his first ever NCAA Championships with a time of 29:14.65, taking 10th at the meet.


Day two will begin tomorrow with live stats and streaming available here