DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke track and field team sends three individuals and a women’s 4x400 meter relay team to the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, scheduled for Wednesday, June 11, through Saturday, June 14, in Eugene, Ore.
The national championship will air live on ESPN3, beginning at 6:55 p.m. (EDT) Wednesday and Thursday and 7:30 (EDT) Friday. Saturday’s coverage begins at 5 p.m. (EDT) on ESPNU.
Brian Atkinson (10,000): Senior Brian Atkinson is slated to compete in the first national track & field championship of his collegiate career Wednesday at 10:15 p.m. (EDT), toeing the line for the men’s 10,000. Atkinson enters the competition after placing 10th overall in the event at the NCAA East Preliminary Round meet in Jacksonville, Fla., automatically qualifying him for the NCAA Championships. A native of Melbourne Beach, Fla., Atkinson clocked the fourth-fastest time in Duke history for 10,000 meters earlier in the season, running a time of 29:27.85 at the Raleigh Relays.
Juliet Bottorff (5,000/10,000): Graduate student Juliet Bottorff looks to close out her college career with a strong showing at this year’s NCAA Championships. Bottorff is no stranger to the national outdoor championship, advancing to the event four times throughout her career. The Newark, Del., native qualified for both the 5,000 and the 10,000 this season. Bottorff enters the 10,000 on Thursday evening with the fourth-fastest qualifying time in the event. In the 5,000, Bottorff owns the fifth-fastest qualifying time after clocking a 15:58.78, the second-fastest time in Duke history, to qualify for nationals. The 10,000 is scheduled for 10:15 p.m. (EDT), while the 5,000 begins at 6:24 p.m. (EDT) Saturday.
Thomas Lang (Javelin): Redshirt sophomore Thomas Lang enters his first national championship competition Saturday, competing in the men’s javelin. Lang has seen a stellar 2014 campaign, posting the second-farthest javelin mark in Duke history en route to winning the ACC Championship. Lang is scheduled to compete in the first of two flights, with his qualifying mark of 227-0 (69.20) ranking fourth in his flight and 10th overall. The first flight of the javelin kicks off at 3:35 p.m. (EDT).
Lauren Hansson, Madeline Kopp, Teddi Maslowski, Elizabeth Kerpon, Abby Farley (4x400): Duke sends a women’s 4x400 to the national championship for the first time in school history after the quartet of juniors Lauren Hansson and Elizabeth Kerpon, redshirt sophomore Teddi Maslowski and freshman Madeline Kopp qualified for the contest with a fourth-place overall finish in a school-record time of 3:33.09 in Jacksonville, Fla. The foursome smashed the previous school record of 3:36.18, which qualified the relay for the NCAA East Preliminary Round meet earlier in the season. The women’s 4x400 is scheduled to compete in the first of three preliminary heats and owns the fifth-fastest time in the heat. The top-two finishing teams from each heat plus the next two fastest times qualify for the final. The preliminary round of the 4x400 begins at 9:40 p.m. (EDT) Thursday.