STANFORD, Calif. – Graduate student Juliet Bottorff, taking full advantage of a highly competitive 10,000-meter field at the 19th running of the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, clocked the fastest 10,000m time in Duke history Sunday, May 4, at Cobb Track and Angell Field in Stanford, Calif. Fellow graduate students Mike Moverman and Audrey Huth also participated in the competition.
Bottorff, coming off a first-place finish at the ACC Championship in the same event two weeks earlier, ran a time of 32:25.69 in section one of the women’s 10,000. In a field comprised mostly of professional runners, Bottorff placed 14th overall and second among her collegiate counterparts. The Newark, Del., native bested the previous Duke record of 32:40.70, which Ellen Reynolds set in 1986. Bottorff’s finishing time, a personal record by over 28 seconds, currently ranks third in the nation.
Moverman followed Bottorff’s performance with a 24th-place finish in the second section of the men’s 10,000. The Easton, Mass., native ran a time of 30:23.55 in his first 10,000 of 2014.
Huth opened competition for the Blue Devils with a 21st-place finish in the third section of the women’s 5,000, posting a time of 16:48.26. The Shelby, Mich., native, competing in her second 5,000 of the season, ran a season-best time of 16:43.78 at the conference championships two weeks earlier.
Duke’s track team returns to competition next weekend, traveling to Charlottesville, Va., Friday, May 9 for the two-day Virginia Challenge.