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Abby Farley
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Abby Farley
Duke Set for Competitive Iowa State Classic
Friday 02/11/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s track and field team sends eight competitors to the highly competitive 23rd running of the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa this weekend. The two-day competition, beginning Friday and concluding Saturday, boasts a field that includes over 100 All-Americans from nearly 50 teams across the nation.

Junior Abby Farley opens competition for the Blue Devils Friday afternoon, competing in the 600-yard dash scheduled for 2 p.m. (CST). The 600y dash marks the first time this season Farley drops under the 800-meter distance. Farley currently owns the fourth-fastest 800m time in the conference this season after running a converted time of 2:08.63 at the Dick Taylor UNC Challenge.

A number of national-caliber distance medley relay teams enter the Iowa State Classic Friday night at 5 p.m. (CST), looking to secure a berth to the NCAA Championship at the end of February. Duke’s foursome of sophomore Anima Banks, junior Elizabeth Kerpon, freshman Haley Meier and graduate student Audrey Huth look to improve on their season-best time of 11:07.85, which currently ranks eighth in the nation. In addition to the Blue Devils, the Georgetown Hoyas are also set to compete in the DMR, entering the event with the seventh fastest time in the nation.

Graduate student Juliet Bottorff looks to close out competition on Friday for the Blue Devils, competing in her first 5,000 of 2014. Bottorff, the school record holder in the indoor 5,000, entered three 3,000m races this season, including the Hilton Garden Innvitational, where she finished in a time of 9:18.88, the fifth-fastest 3,000 in school history. The Newark, Del., native is set to compete against nine other runners with sub-16 minute credentials and four 2013 cross country All-Americans. The 5,000 is scheduled for a 6 p.m. (CST) start.

The Blue Devils return to the track on Saturday with sophomore Madison Granger and freshman Hannah Meier competing in the 1-mile run at 1:40 p.m. (CST). Granger looks to hit the conference qualifying mark in the mile after narrowly missing the standard with a season-best time of 4:52.62 at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet one week earlier. Meier moves down in distance after competing in the 3,000 last weekend at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet. Saturday’s mile marks the first time this season Meier will compete at the distance. Meier posted an indoor mile personal-best time of 4:40.97 while competing in high school.

Kerpon, the current school record holder at 400m, is scheduled to compete in the event at 2:30 p.m. (CST) Saturday. Kerpon’s season best 54.96, run at the Armory Collegiate Invitational last weekend, leads Duke this season and ranks her 10th in the conference. The Iowa State Classic field includes 10 competitors other than Kerpon who posted times under 55 seconds for 400m.

The trio of Banks, Farley and Haley Meier are slated to compete in the 800 at 3:35 p.m. (CST). Banks, currently fourth on Duke’s all-time list at 800m with a personal-best time of 2:07.64, enters her first 800 of the season. Banks has raced in both the 1,000 and the mile earlier this year. Farley, Duke’s current leader at 800m enters her fourth open 800, while Haley Meier toes the line for her first collegiate 800 Saturday, bringing in an outdoor 800m personal record of 2:11.55 from high school. Cydney Ross, former Blue Devil and Duke record holder at 800m, is scheduled to compete against her former teammates Saturday, headlining the event in Iowa and running for the New Jersey-New York Track Club.

Huth, Duke’s fourth fastest miler all time, steps onto the track Saturday at 4:15 p.m. (CST), for the 3,000. The Shelby, Mich., native won her first 3,000 as a member of Duke’s track and field team, working with Bottorff throughout the race at the Dick Taylor UNC Challenge to finish in a time of 9:35.73. The 3,000m field in Iowa includes nine professional runners capable of dipping under the 9-minute barrier.

The Blue Devils close out competition Saturday with the 4x400 at 5:15 p.m. (CST). The relay is comprised of Farley, Banks, Haley Meier and Granger.

Field events in Iowa begin at 11 a.m. Friday with the weight throw. Track events begin at 12 p.m. with the preliminary round of the 60m dash. For a full schedule of events, visit the link above. Live results of all events are also available at the link above.

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Iowa Satate Classic*

Day Time Event Name

Friday
2:00 p.m. (W) 600-meter run Abby Farley


Friday

5:00 p.m. (W) Distance Medley Relay Anima Banks
Elizabeth Kerpon
Haley Meier
Audrey Huth


Friday

6:00 p.m. (W) 5,000-meter run Juliet Bottorff


Saturday

1:40 p.m. (W) 1-mile run Madison Granger
Hannah Meier

Saturday

 

2:30 p.m.


(W) 400-meter run

Elizabeth Kerpon

Saturday
3:35 p.m. (W) 800-meter run Anima Banks
Abby Farley
Haley Meier

Saturday
4:15 p.m. (W) 3,000-meter run Audrey Huth


Saturday

5:15 p.m. (W) 4x400-meter relay Abby Farley
Anima Banks
Haley Meier
Madison Granger
*Start times in Central Standard Time
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