BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Eight Blue Devils competed at the final day of the NCAA First Round for the chance to travel to Des Moines, Iowa and compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Rookie Erica Brand started the day off in the women’s discus throw. Her opening toss of 141’6” failed to advance her to the finals and concluded her freshman career. On the men’s side, Austin Gamble and Mike Schallmo stepped into the discus ring. Gamble threw 166’9” with Schallmo putting out a 157’1” effort, however neither were able to break into the top 12 to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships.
Moving to the track, fifth year senior Kate Van Buskirk and junior Esther Vermeer took to 1,500 after qualifying for today’s race on Thursday. Van Buskirk’s time of 4:27.41 placed her eighth overall and will send her to Des Moines in two weeks. Veermer failed to qualify when she took 23rd with a time of 4:35.19.
Closing out the meet for Duke was the men’s and women’s 5,000m run. Madeline Morgan was the lone Duke female with the men represented by Josh Lund and Mike Moverman. Morgan took 21st in 16:45.42, Lund captured 32nd in 14:40.49 and Moverman took 40th in 14:53.40.
With Van Buskirk’s qualifying, this brings the total number of Duke athletes who will attending the NCAA Championships to 10, up four entrants from last year and a record for the program.