DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s track and field team saw three individuals and two relays rank among the nation’s top-40 performers during the 2014 indoor track and field season, as compiled by Track and Field News Wednesday. The list includes performances by both professional and collegiate student-athletes.
Graduate student Juliet Bottorff headlines the Duke contingent appearing on the list, posting top-40 performances in both the 3,000 and the 5,000. Bottorff clocked a time of 15:59.40, the sixth-fastest time in the nation in the 5,000, en route to winning the ACC Indoor Championships. In addition, Bottorff also recorded the 38th-fastest 3,000 time of 9:18.88 at the JDL Hilton Garden Invitational.
Duke’s distance medley relay team of sophomore Anima Banks, juniors Elizabeth Kerpon and Abby Farley and graduate student Audrey Huth posted the sixth-fastest DMR time in the nation at the Penn State Invitational, finishing fifth in a time of 11:07.85. The time ranks fourth on Duke’s all-time list. Duke's DMR also recorded the sixth-fastest time in the nation on an oversized track after running a time of 11:06.87 at the Iowa State Classic.
In addition to the DMR, Duke’s 4x400 team of juniors Lauren Hansson, Kerpon and Alexis Roper and freshman Madeline Kopp posted the 33rd-fastest time in the event after placing fifth at the Armory Collegiate Invitational and setting a school record in the process with a time of 3:39.97.
Redshirt sophomore Karli Johonnot joins Bottorff in recording two performances on the Track and Field News Performance List. Johonnot’s school-record pentathlon point total of 4,016, earned at the Dick Taylor UNC Challenge Feb. 24, ranked 22nd overall in 2014. Johonnot also posted the 39th-highest clearance in the high jump with a 5-10.00 (1.78) effort.
Duke pole vaulter Megan Clark, who saw a strong sophomore indoor campaign, notched the 11th-highest clearance in the nation at the ACC Championships, clearing 14-5.25 (4.40). Clark’s mark ranked third among collegians in 2014.
The Duke track and field team returns to action Friday, April 4, at the Vertklasse Meeting in High Point, N.C.