EUGENE, Ore. – The Duke track & field squad concluded the outdoor season today at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with seven Blue Devils collecting All-America accolades.
“Today especially was a really good day,” said head coach Norm Ogilvie. “We had three second team All-Americas and one first team All-America. Katelyn Gochenour's first two throws in the javelin were under her normal marks and on the third throw she stepped it up and threw a school record and then threw beyond that twice more in the finals, so just a really great, great performance. She gave us three points on the scoreboard and she's only a freshman.”
The women's javelin duo of rookie Katelyn Gochenour and senior Christine Streisel concluded their seasons today in the finals of the javelin as Gochenour secured first team All-America honors. Gochenour once again re-wrote the record book with a school-record toss of 178-0 (54.26) to finish sixth. Streisel concluded the day in 18th with a toss of 161-6 (49.23).
“Daniel Golubovic had a fantastic second day,” Ogilvie said. “We know he's a second day decathlete, but he started the day in 22nd and finished in 11th, so it was a really great final appearance as a Duke athlete.”
Graduate student Daniel Golubovic entered the final five events in the decathlon in 22nd place and jumped 11 spots on the leaderboard to finish 11th overall, securing second team All-America status. Golubovic's 7,634 points etches his name for the second-best point total in Duke history.
The Los Angeles, Calif., native registered four top-10 finishes to go along with four personal-best times. Golubovic clocked a personal-best 14.86 in the 110m hurdles to kick off the second day of performances, followed by a second-place finish in the discus throw, tossing the implement a personal-best 153-7 (46.81) to bring his point total to 5,331. A fifth-place finish in the pole vault competition with a clearance of 15-9.25 (4.81), matching his personal-best, added 852 points to his final score. In the second to last event of the decathlon, Golubovic secured 754 additional points as he finished third in the javelin with a mark of 200-5 (61.09). The graduate student left it all on the track in the 1,500m and posted a personal-best, sixth-place finish in 4:37.30.
“This was Madison Heath's third trip to NCAAs and she secured her third All-America honor over indoor and outdoor,” Ogilvie said.
Another Blue Devil duo competing today was junior Madison Heath and freshman Laura Marty in the women's pole vault competition. Heath cleared 13-7.25 (4.15) to finish 13th, collecting second team All-America accolades, while Marty notched tied for 17th place with a height of 13-1.50 (4.00).
“Madeline Kopp in the open 800m ran the seventh-fastest time of the day,” Ogilvie said. “She didn't make the final but still had a really great performance against some of the top athletes in the country. She rounded out a great Duke career.”
Senior Madeline Kopp concluded an outstanding senior campaign and career today with an overall seventh-place finish in the semifinals of the 800m. Kopp clocked in at 2:04.79 as she took third in her heat to collect second team All-America recognition.