DURHAM, N.C. – Ten Duke student-athletes will conclude the outdoor season at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships this week, hosted by the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., June 7-10 at Hayward Field.
Each day of competition will be televised live by ESPN, beginning Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPNU and 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Thursday's action will be on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday will be aired on ESPN, beginning at 8:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., respectively. Fans can also stream all four days online with ESPN3.
RETURN TO EUGENE
• Five of the 10 Blue Devils that qualified for the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships are making consecutive trips back to Eugene.
• This campaign marks the third straight season that junior Madison Heath competes in Eugene in women's pole vault.
• Senior Madeline Kopp qualified for the 4x400m relay as a junior and freshman. Kopp will be a member of this year's squad while also competing individually in the 800m.
• Both Maddy Price and MacKenzie Kerr will head back to the national stage to represent Duke in the 4x400m relay for the second straight year.
• Graduate student Daniel Golubovic qualified for the decathlon his junior and freshman year at UC San Diego. This will be Golubovic's first NCAA appearance in the decathlon in a Duke uniform.
HEATH CONTINUES TO SOAR
• Madison Heath returns to the national stage with her sights set high, entering the weekend seeded 20th.
• The 2017 outdoor campaign marks Heath's third consecutive trip to Eugene after she received second team All-America accolades as a sophomore and honorable mention honors as a rookie.
• Heath is coming off a tied for second place at the NCAA East Preliminary Round with a clearance of 13-9.25 (4.20) and an ACC title at the conference championships in May.
VAULT SQUAD SETS THE BAR HIGH
• Both the men's and women's pole vault squads have seen great success during the outdoor season as one male and two females qualified for this week's competition.
• Senior Connor Hall enters the week tabbed 10th after placing third at the NCAA East Prelims with a school-record height of 17-6.50 (5.35).
• On the women's side, Heath will be joined by rookie Laura Marty who owns the fourth-best clearance in Duke history in 13-9.25 (4.20) and is seeded 23rd.
KOPP SETS GAZE ON NATIONAL STAGE
• Senior Madeline Kopp is set to compete in her first outdoor 800m at the NCAA Championships after transitioning to mid-distance during her senior campaign.
• Kopp placed third in her heat and eighth overall at the NCAA East prelims, clocking in the third-best time in Duke history, 2:03.00.
• In addition to her individual race, Kopp will run a leg of the 4x400m relay in Eugene for the third time in her career.
• Kopp joins members of the relay squad (MacKenzie Kerr, India Lowe and Maddy Price) that posted the fourth-fastest time in Duke history, 3:34.17, at the NCAA East prelims. The 4x400m relay secured the 16th seed for nationals.
GOLUBOVIC QUALIFIES FOR DECATHLON
• Graduate student Daniel Golubovic heads to the NCAA Outdoor Championships after qualifying for the decathlon with a gold medal performance at the ACC Championships.
• With a score of 7,500 points at the Mt. Sac Relays earlier this spring, Golubovic heads to Eugene seeded 21st in the competition.
• Golubovic's last decathlon was at the conference championships where he finished first with a score of 7,493 points, just seven off his personal-best and second-best point total in school history.
JAVELIN DUO READY TO SHINE
• Senior Christine Streisel and rookie Katelyn Gochenour each qualified for the women's javelin competition for the first time in their careers.
• Gochenour enters the week ranked seventh with a fifth-place finish mark of 167-10 (51.16) at the NCAA East Preliminary Round, while also holding the school-record mark of 170-2 (51.86).
• Streisel registered a mark of 159-10 (48.72) at the NCAA East Prelims to secure the 16th seed. Streisel owns the third-best mark in Duke history, 164-4 (50.15), set in 2014.
RECORD SETTING SEASON
• Two of the five Blue Devils that etched their name atop the Duke all-time list in their respective events throughout the outdoor campaign are ready to compete in Eugene.
• Rookie Katelyn Gochenour anxiously awaited her collegiate debut in the javelin at the Raleigh Relays and registered a mark of 170-2 (51.86) and enters the week tabbed seventh.
• In men's pole vault, senior Connor Hall cleared an outstanding height of 17-6.50 (5.35) at the NCAA East Preliminary Round to secure his ticket to nationals with the 10th seed.