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Duke Track & Field BIO
 Chris Rowland

Senior: After redshirting the previous season, returned indoors to the ACC finals with a 1:53.42 800m in the trial round ... tried to steal the final with a bold move that gave him a big lead with a lap to go, but the field came back to him on the homestretch as he faded to 1:53.97 and seventh place ... the next week in Boston, came up big in the 4x800m relay, splitting 1:52.50 on the second leg for Duke in the trial round and then returning the next day with the team’s fastest split, a 1:50.70 on the second leg ... that time was a lifetime best for him indoors and contributed to a 7:33.32 Duke clocking, the No. 4 all-time indoor performance ... their seventh-place finish in the loaded IC4A final earned him a third career All-East honor ... outdoors, opened at Raleigh in late March with a 1:51.2 second leg on a 7:30.16 Duke team ... recorded a 1:52.25 open 800m at the Duke Invite to place fourth, then lowered that to 1:52.00 at the Duke Twilight to place third ... wrapped up the outdoor season in style at the IC4A Outdoor Championships in Princeton with the best two-day double of his career ... in the trial round, he split 1:51.10 to anchor a 7:30.33 Duke team which won its heat ... then in the finals he split 1:50.50, his lifetime best, as Duke placed fourth in 7:27.44 ... that time holds up as the No. 3 in Duke history, and earned Rowland, who had the fastest Blue Devil split in both the trials and finals, his fourth career All-East honor.

Junior: Redshirted both indoors and outdoors in 2008.

Sophomore: Duke’s top half-miler continued to improve in 2007, lowering his personal best to 1:50.96 at the IC4A Outdoor Championships ... made the ACC finals with a 1:52.26 clocking in the prelims before improving to a then-personal-best 1:51.03 in the final to place sixth. ... the first of three 800m personal-bests during the outdoor season came on April 14 with a 1:52.11 clocking at UNC, giving Rowland four marks under 1:52.3 on the season ... anchored the sprint medley relay at Penn, as Duke ran 3:27.37 to move to No. 4 all-time in that event ... indoors, earned All-East honors on the Duke 4x800m relay when he ran on both the trial and final round teams in Boston ... also ran his seasonal-best 800m indoors of 1:53.11 at the IC4A meet in Boston.

Freshman: Duke’s Freshman of the Year indoors after having a break-out season in the 800m, topped by his personal best 1:52.43 to place seventh at the ACC Championships ... started the season with a 1:57.0 to win the UNC Opener on Chapel Hill’s flat 200m surface ... improved almost weekly on relay carries and in open 800m’s to enter the ACC’s with a personal best of 1:55.81 ... ran 1:53.23 in the prelims to qualify for the final, only to run his 1:52.43 the next day to move into the second spot all-time on the Duke indoor 800m list ... contributed several 1:53 and 1:52 relay splits on Duke’s indoor 4x800m and DMR teams, including one in the IC4A DMR final that earned him his first All-East honor ... outdoors, his best time came at the Duke Invitational with a 1:53.18 ... his 1:53.41 in the ACC prelims narrowly missed making the final ... gained valuable big meet experience on the Duke 4x800m at both the Penn Relays and IC4A Outdoor Championships.

PB Indoors
500m: 1:06.20
800m: 1:52.43

PB Outdoors
800m: 1:50.96

Honors
All-East Indoors: 2006, 2007, 2009
All-East Outdoors: 2009

Prep: Middle-distance specialist with solid range (50.0 400m, 4:25 mile), whose best performance came on a 4X800m leg in which he split 1:55.5.

Position: Middle Distance
Year: Senior
City/State: Jacksonville, Fla.
High School: The Bolles School
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