DURHAM, N.C. - Six members of the Duke track & field team have advanced to participate in competition at the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held in College Station, Tx., from March 9-10.
Madison Heath (pole vault) and Steven Solomon (400m dash) will compete in individual events while Maddy Price, India Lowe, Brittany Aveni and MacKenzie Kerr will enter in the 4x400m relay. The Blue Devils qualified for the national meet after posting top-16 national marks in their respective marks during the indoor season. It will be the second appearance in Heath’s career after earning second team All-America honors in 2017. Solomon will also be making his second appearance and first as a Blue Devil. He won the 2014 distance medley relay while as a member of Stanford’s track and field team. It will be the third appearance at the indoor championships for Price, who went as a member of the distance medley relay in 2016 and as a part of the 4x400m relay in 2015. Price, Lowe and Kerr all competed in the 4x400m relay at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Coming off a record-breaking performance at the ACC Indoor Championships, Solomon enters the 400m dash as the event’s fourth seed with a time of 45.44. With his time of 45.44 in the ACC preliminary heats, Solomon broke both the Duke school record and the ACC record in the 400m. He followed it with a time of 46.16 in the ACC finals to claim the bronze medal. Solomon, a finalist in the 400m at the 2012 Summer Olympics, also broke the 600m Duke record this season.
Heath, the tenth seed, has a season-best mark of 14-1.75 (4.31), placing her second all-time at Duke. She finished in third place at the ACC Indoor Championships and took 13th place in the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships. During the 2018 season, Heath has finished in the top three in all seven competitions she has entered.
The 4x400m relay team finished in second place at the ACC Championships with a season-best time of 3:33.64. That was good for second all-time at Duke and to earn them the 14th seed at the NCAA Championships.
Solomon is scheduled to compete in the 400m preliminary heats on Friday, March 9 while Heath and the 4x400m relay are scheduled to compete on Saturday, March 10. More information can be found here.