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Mark Mueller is entering his fifth season on the Track & Field staff and third full-time season, spending the first two years as a volunteer. Mueller oversees the sprints and horizontal jumps and assists associate head coach, Shawn Wilbourn with the hurdlers.
In the last two years at Duke, Mueller’s athletes have seen great athletic success, as he has helped them to more than 40 school-record performances, with 20 athletes qualifying for NCAA competition.
Mueller’s leadership helped Duke sprinters and jumpers rewrite the program record book in 2018, with 22 school-record performances and more than 50 Blue Devil top-five performances. Under his guidance, Duke sprinters and jumpers broke records in the indoor 200m, 400m, 600m, and triple jump as well as outdoor records in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100, 4x400, sprint medley relay and triple jump.
Mueller guided Steven Solomon in his first year with the Blue Devils to a historic season. Solomon began his sprint campaign indoors with a school record of 1:17.49 in the 600m at the Michigan Power 5 Invitational and followed up with an incredible opening 400m. Solomon in the semifinal broke the ACC record, the ACC Championship meet record, Duke record as well as setting the Australian National Record with a blazing 45.44 400m time.
Solomon qualified in the Indoor NCAA Championships, where he won his heat but finished 10th on time to earn NCAA Second Team All-America honors. Outdoors, Solomon travelled to Australia, where he qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games’ final in the 400m, finishing seventh. He returned to Duke and again broke the school’s outdoor record at the Penn Relays in the spring medley relay. Solomon’s record streak continued in the ACC Championship in the semis, 46.57, and finals, 45.50. He captured the ACC Championship in the 400m and lowered his school record two more times, running 45.41 at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds and at NCAA Championship semifinal in Eugene (45.30), where he finished ninth in the fastest semifinal in NCAA history.
All-America selection Maddy Price likewise had a record-setting year, lowering a school-record seven different times. Price broke the indoor 200m record twice and the 400m record in the ACC Championship, where she won the silver in a 53.27. Outdoors she broke two more of those marks, once at the ACC Championships clocking a 23.20 in the 200m heat to earn a spot in the finals. She would run a 23.42 in the finals, finishing fourth and earning All-ACC Second Team honors. She also tallied a school-best in the 400m, recording a 52.30 at the ACC Championships to capture her second ACC silver 400m medal of the year and earn All-ACC First Team laurels.
Along with Price, runners Kethlin Campbell, Brittany Aveni and India Lowe flourished under Mueller’s leadership. Campbell owns the school record in the 100m after posting an 11.59 mark at the Virginia Grand Prix to finish second. She also broke the 200m school record multiple times both indoors and outdoors and ended the season as the school-record holder indoors with 23.71 and the second fastest time in Duke history in the 200m outdoors with a 23.37 at the NCAA East Prelims. Aveni excelled in the 800m in 2018, clocking the top-five fastest times in the event for the Blue Devils, including a second place finish at the Battle of the Blues with a 2:07.20 as well as earning Second Team All-ACC in the 800m and Second Team All-America honors in the 4x400m relay.
Lowe had a breakout year, writing her name third in the Duke record books in both the indoor 200m and the 400m hurdles. In the 400m hurdles, she was Second Team All-ACC and qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, earning Second Team All-America honors in the 4x400m relay.
Mueller’s athletes’ greatest success this year was in the sprint relays. For the first time in Duke history, the women’s 4x400 qualified for the NCAA Championships both indoors and outdoors. Lowe, MacKenzie Kerr, Aveni and Price punched their tickets indoors when they earned second place at the ACC Indoor Championships in the second-fastest all-time Duke mark of 3:33.64.
Outdoors the same quartet earned Duke’s first ever women’s sprint relay Championship of America Penn Relays wheel, finishing just 0.16 off the school record in 3:32.43. They went on to break the school record at the NCAA East Preliminary rounds, placing third with a time of 3:32.21. At the NCAA meet the relay ran just 0.05 off the record again in 3:32.26. The mark was good for ninth, the highest outdoor finish ever for a Duke relay.
The Duke 4x100 has had tremendous success with two relays running under the previous school record. Sydnei Murphy, Campbell, Domonique Panton and Price broke the record when they won the Battle of the Blues in 44.47.
Mueller’s coaching also extended to the field, as jumpers Panton and Murphy bettered the old triple jump marks indoors and outdoors. Panton especially found tremendous success in the triple jump, breaking both the indoor and outdoor record and earning First Team All-ACC accolades. At the ACC Indoor Championships Panton earned bronze with a leap of 41-8.75 (12.72m) and Campbell earned Second Team All-ACC in the long jump with the fourth-best jump in school history of 19-9 (6.02m).
Outdoors, Panton broke the school record at the Battle of the Blues for her third win in the last three years, leaping 41-0.5 (12.51m). Murphy then tied the school record in the triple jump the following week at the Tennessee Relays. Panton took sole lead of the record with a jump of 42-2.00 (12.85m) in the Virginia Grand Prix and went on to place fourth at the ACC outdoor meet, again earning First Team All-ACC and qualifying for the NCAA East Preliminary rounds.
In 2017, Mueller helped guide four Duke runners to All-America honors. His athletes had more than a dozen school-record performances. Madeline Kopp highlighted the group with an outstanding senior year, earning silver and bronze at the Indoor and Outdoor ACC Championships and becoming a Second Team All-America during both the indoor and outdoor seasons in the 800 meters. She was also a Second Team All-America pick outdoors in the 4x400 meter relay, with Kerr, Lowe and Price joining her. Mueller also helped seven Duke athletes earn All-ACC honors.
Starting in 2017, Mueller’s work with the Duke student-athletes extended off the track. As part of his duties as a full-time assistant coach, Mueller continues to serve the student-athletes beyond the athletic realm and invest in their further development.
Mueller has also guided three student-athletes to international competition. In 2015, Kopp advanced to the semifinal round in the 400 for the World University Games in Gwangiu City, South Korea, and earned bronze in the 4x400. In 2016, Price placed fourth in the 200 and fifth in the 400 at the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials and was selected for the Canadian team for the 2016 NACAC U23 Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador. She went on to take fourth in both the 200 and 400, while also garnering the bronze medal in the 4x400 relay. In 2018, Solomon placed seventh in the 400m at the Commonwealth Games in his native Australia.
As an undergraduate at Stanford University from 2006-11, Mueller was a dual-sport athlete, lettering four years in track and field as a sprinter and as a defensive back in football. On the track, Mueller earned a 2011 All-America honorable mention accolades, 2011 Pac-10 All-Academic and 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Scholar-Athlete honors. He was named to the 2010 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Track and Field Team. Mueller placed sixth in the 2010 Pac-10 Championships in the 200m and was part of the 4x400 relay team that qualified for the NCAA Track & Field Championships in 2011.
Mueller completed his Masters in Theological Studies at the Duke Divinity School in 2016. He graduated from Stanford in 2011 with his Bachelor of Arts in classical studies with a minor in religious studies. In the summer of 2010, he traveled to Arad, Israel, to teach English to Sudanese refugees, helping them develop basic English language skills.
After graduating from Stanford, Mueller founded Sports & Scholars, serving as a private coach for over a dozen athletes running in international competitions. He has also spent time as a high school varsity coach for multiple sports, including track and field, football, women’s basketball and men’s lacrosse. Mueller lives in Durham with his wife, and former Stanford Track teammate, Griffin, who is entering her second year of her MBA in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and dog, Lyra.