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Early Bird 2017
Courtesy: Duke Athletics
Heath, Kopp Travel to Texas for NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 03/09/2017
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Two Blue Devils will travel to College Station, Texas, to compete in the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships March 10-11 at the Gilliam Indoor Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M.

Representing Duke will be senior Madeline Kopp in the 800m and junior Madison Heath in the pole vault.

ESPN3 will broadcast both days with Friday’s live coverage beginning at 6:25 p.m. (EST) and Saturday’s starting at 4:55 p.m. (EST). A shortened replay of the meet will also air Sunday, March 12 on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

FLASHBACK TO 2016

  • At the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships, the Blue Devils sent seven student-athletes with two bringing first team All-America accolades back to Durham.
  • The women tied for 21st with nine points, highlighted by Megan Clark capturing silver for the second year in a row in the women’s pole vault with a clearance of 14-9.00 (4.50).
  • Senior Anima Banks qualified for the finals in the 800m and claimed eighth.

RETURNING TO NATIONALS

  • 2017 will mark the fourth time Kopp has qualified for nationals, but it will be the first time she competes individually.
  • Kopp qualified for the DMR in 2016, the 4x400m in 2015 and served as an alternate on the DMR in 2014, garnering first team All-America accolades in 2015 and second team All-America honors last season.

TOPPING THE LEADERBOARD

  • Heath held the top spot in women’s pole vault in the ACC through the entire indoor season and enters this weekend ranked 10th nationally after posting a mark of 14-0.00 (4.27) earlier in the season.
  • The mark by the Mandeville, La., junior ranks No. 2 on Duke’s all-time list, trailing only Megan­­­­­­­ Clark’s ACC record clearance of 15-1.00 (4.60).
  • At the ACC Championships, Heath brought home gold after notching 13-11.25 (4.25), giving Duke three consecutive ACC women’s titles in the event.

NEW SEASON - NEW EVENT

  • Kopp switched things up a bit this indoor season by transitioning from the 400m to the 800m and has seen great success.
  • Kopp currently holds the No. 3 spot on Duke’s all-time list after clocking in at 2:04.60 to place second at the ACC Championships.

Kopp is set to compete in the 800m prelims Friday at 8:10 p.m. (EST) with the finals scheduled for Saturday at 6:20 p.m. (EST). Heath is slated for women’s pole vault Saturday at 5 p.m. (EST).

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