DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke Track & Field team welcomes six student-athletes to the 2017-18 campaign as they received commitments from Kethlin Campbell, Lauren Hoffman, Kate Kutzer, Miles Mingo, Jacob Sobota, and Steven Solomon.
“We are extremely excited about this class of recruits covering the sprints, hurdles, jumps, and multi-event,” said assistant track & field coach Mark Mueller. “They all are the epitome of what we look for in a Blue Devil in the classroom, on the track, and in their communities. They are all having phenomenal senior seasons and building a lot of momentum coming into college. We are confident that they will make an immediate impact both at the ACC level and NCAA level and further the rise of our group.”
A closer look at each future Blue Devil:
Kethlin Campbell comes to Duke as a sprint and jump specialist at Shelbyville High School in Shelbyville, Tenn., and is currently the Tennessee Indoor State Champion in the 200m and meet record holder in the 60m and in the 200m. Indoors Campbell has clocked in at 7.61 in the 60m dash and 24.71 in the 200m, while outdoors posting bests of 11.81 in the 100m, 24.15 in the 200m, and 19-3.50 in the long jump.
Lauren Hoffman hails from Haymarket, Va., as a hurdler at Battlefield High School and collected the Virginia State meet bronze medal in the 100m and 300m hurdles. Hoffman has great range in the hurdles posting solid times in from the 55-400m: 8.06 (55mH), 13.84 (100mH), 42.64 (300mH) and 1:00.48 (400mH).
Kate Kutzer joins the Duke track & field program from South Pasadena, Calif., and currently attends South Pasadena High School. Kutzer is ranked third in the country in the class of 2017 as a heptathlete with a personal-best 4,718 points.
Miles Mingo comes to Duke as a silver medalist at the South Carolina State meet in the 400m with a posted time of 48.75. A sprinter from Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C., Mingo also registered a personal-best time in the 200m of 21.95.
Jacob Sobota is a decathlete at Buford High School in Knoxville, Tenn., and is the Tennessee State Champion in the pole vault and a silver medalist in the decathlon. Sobota cleared a personal-best 16-1.00 in the pole vault and tallied 6,468 points in the decathlon.
Steven Solomon is a graduate transfer sprinter from Sydney, Australia and Stanford Universirty. He will have one season of eligibility in the Solomon represented his home country of Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics and was a finalist in the 400m. He has alos represented Australia at the World Championships in 2011, 2013, and 2017 as well as at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He is the five-time Australian National Champion in the 400m.