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Lauren Hoffman
Nine Duke Women Collect All-ACC Academic Honors
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/21/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – A successful year on the track and in the classroom was recognized on Friday for the Duke women’s track & field program as the Blue Devils placed nine student-athletes on the 2019 All-ACC Academic Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Team.

Earning spots for the Blue Devils were Brittany Aveni, Kim Hallowes, Monica Hebner, Lauren Hoffman, MacKenzie Kerr, Kate Kutzer, India Lowe, Cassie Martin and Domonique Panton.

A native of Geneva, Ohio, Aveni capped her junior season by earning the second All-America honors of her career. Running the 400m leg of the women’s 4x400 relay, Aveni helped the Blue Devils secure second team All-America laurels at the NCAA Championships. Aveni was also a member of the 4x400 relay team that recorded a 3:32.84 time at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, a time that is third in Duke history.

Hallowes rounded out her Duke career with second team All-ACC accolades in the 1500m run at the conference championships with a time of 4:21.22. The Australia native registered four top-10 finishes this season as a middle-distance runner.

Hebner qualified for the NCAA Championships as a freshman and was one of just three rookies to make the 10000m field in Austin. The Allendale, N.J., native punched her ticket to NCAAs with an 11th-place personal-best finish (33:52.83) and also came in first place at the Raleigh Relays.

Sophomore Hoffman qualified for NCAAs for the first time in her career after a standout season as a hurdle specialist. The Haymarket, Va., native owns the second-fastest time in Duke history in the 400m hurdles and the fifth best in the 100m hurdles. Hoffman secured a bronze medal at the ACC Outdoor Championships with her time of 58.33 before clocking in at 57.92 to secure her spot to NCAAs at the regional meet.

A senior who earned All-America honors for the third straight year in 2019, Kerr was a member of the 4x400 relay team that earned second team All-America honors at the NCAA Championships. Kerr also clocked in the third-best time in Duke history (3:32.84) at regionals and performed well in the 400m on the home track with a third-place finish at the Battle of the Blues and came in seventh at the Duke Invite.

As a multi-event athlete, Kutzer placed fifth with a personal-best 5,106 points at the ACC Championships to take second team All-ACC accolades. The South Pasadena, Calif., native registered a mark of 19-5.25 (5.92m) in the long jump at the Battle of the Blues, the fifth-best leap in Duke outdoor history.

Lowe concluded a highly successful senior campaign as the school-record holder in the 400m hurdles with a time of 57.58 at the Battle of the Blues. The Mechanicsville, Va., native collected second team All-ACC accolades with the third-best time in Duke history in the 400m (53.78) and notched All-America honors for the third time in her career as a member of the 4x400m relay.

Martin collected six top-five finishes as s high jump specialist, including two first-place performances at the Raleigh Relays and the Duke Invite. At the conference championships, Martin tied for fourth place to take second team All-ACC honors.

Panton rounded out her Duke career as the school-record holder in the triple jump with a mark of 42-2.75 (12.87m) at the Virginia Grand Prix. At regionals, Panton exceeded her PR mark to 43-10 (13.36w) to secure her spot at NCAAs.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.

Each student-athlete named to the 2019 All-ACC Outdoor Track and Field Academic Teams was an All-American or an All-ACC first- or second-team performer, a qualifier for the NCAA Championship finals June 5-8 in Austin, and/or an ACC Performer of the Week selection during the regular season.  

The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.

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2019 DUKE ALL-ACC ACADEMIC WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD TEAM
Brittany Aveni, Jr., Duke, Evolutionary Anthropology
Kim Hallowes, Sr., Duke, Economics
Monica Hebner, Fr., Duke, Undeclared
Lauren Hoffman, So., Duke, Evolutionary Anthropology
Mackenzie Kerr, Sr., Duke, Political Science
Kate Kutzer, So., Duke, Biology
India Lowe, Sr., Duke, Psychology
Cassie Martin, Jr., Duke, Sociology
Dominque Panton, Sr., Duke, Cultural Anthropology

 

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