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Bottorff, Clark, Primed for USATF Championship
Tuesday 06/25/2014  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. -- The 2014 United States Track & Field (USATF) Championships are slated to begin today, June 25, and run through Saturday, June 29, in Sacramento, Calif., with Duke’s rising junior Megan Clark and recent graduate Juliet Bottorff both scheduled to participate in the event. The championship serves as the final event of the 2014 Outdoor USATF Championship Series.

Live video of the four-day competition, held at Sacramento State University’s Hornet Stadium, is available on usatf.tv, as well as provided by Universal Sports & NBC Sports Networks. A full schedule of video coverage is available here.

On the pole vault runway, Clark hopes to improve on an already strong 2014 campaign. In her most recent competition, Clark traveled to New York City to compete in a pole vaulting event held at the intersection of West 34th Street and Broadway. Clark placed third in the competition with a height of 14-6 (4.41). Earlier in the outdoor season, Clark broke the Duke record, clearing a height of 14-7.25 (4.45). The school record mark serves as her qualifying height for the USATF event, which ranks tied for 10th among those in the 17 competitor field. Clark steps onto the runway at 8:50 p.m. (ET) Friday.

Bottorff returns to the USATF Championships after placing seventh in the 10,000 in a time of 33:33.77 at last year’s event. The Newark, Del., native takes to the track two weeks after placing third in the 10,000 and fifth in the 5,000 at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, adding two All-America honors to her resume. Bottorff, who is scheduled to toe the line for the 10,000 at 11:20 p.m. (ET) Thursday, enters the competition with a personal-best 10,000 time of 32:25.69.

In addition to Clark and Bottorff competing, numerous former Duke track and field team members are also scheduled to participate in Sacramento.

Shannon Rowbury, a member of Duke’s record setting 4x1,500 meter relay team in 2004, has declared for the 5,000, although she also qualified for the 800 and the 1,500. The former NCAA one mile champion set the American record at two-miles earlier in the season after placing fourth in a time of 9:20.25 at the Prefontaine Classic. Rowbury enters the 5,000 with a qualifying time of 15:06.10, the fourth-fastest qualifying time in the field.

Cydney Ross, Duke’s school record holder for both the indoor and outdoor 800, is scheduled to compete at the same distance Thursday at 7:15 p.m. (ET). Ross, a five-time All-America honoree and two-time ACC Champion, clocked a qualifying time of 2:03.91, which ranks 25th in the field of 34. Ross, who trains with the New Jersey*New York Track Club, owns a personal-best 800 time of 2:02.48, run last season in Eugene, Ore.

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