LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Duke track and field program completed the final day at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Lexington and came away with seven individual qualifications and one relay to the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.
“A wonderful weekend for Duke track and field,” said head coach Norm Ogilvie. “We brought 22 athletes on the bus to compete this weekend and half are headed to Eugene. Everyone competed well and they're excited to go to Eugene with a nice size squad. A really great weekend overall.”
The Blue Devils that will be representing Duke individually in Eugene are graduate student Daniel Golubovic, seniors Madeline Kopp, Christine Streisel and Connor Hall, junior Madison Heath, freshmen Laura Marty and Katelyn Gochenour and members of the women's 4x400m relay.
Duke, with seven individual athletes and one relay, advanced the largest contingent in school history to the NCAA Outdoor Championships over the weekend. This also accounts for the highest number of individual qualifiers since 2004 when the Blue Devils sent eight to nationals.
Today's final day of competition was highlighted by members of the sprint squad qualifying time in the 4x400m relay. MacKenzie Kerr, Kopp, India Lowe and Maddy Price clocked in the fourth-fastest time in Duke history, 3:34.17, to place eighth overall. With that, Kopp secured her second NCAA qualification of the weekend.
Sophomore Jeremy McDuffie leaped just seven centimeters short of advancing to Eugene in the men's triple jump competition. McDuffie entered the competition seeded 18th and posted a leap of 51-0.25 (15.55) to finish 15th.
The seven Blue Devils and relay squad will return to competition on the national stage June 7-10 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to wrap up the 2017 season.