DURHAM, N.C. – With the Atlantic Coast Conference announcing the 2017 All-ACC Academic Women's Outdoor Track & Field Team Wednesday, 11 Duke student-athletes were honored by the league.
Earning spots for the Blue Devils were seniors Madeline Kopp and Christine Streisel, juniors Madison Heath and Maddy Price, sophomores MacKenzie Kerr, India Lowe, Sydnei Murphy, Nati Sheppard and Stefani Vukajlovic and freshmen Katelyn Gochenour and Laura Marty. The 2017 outdoor year marks the fourth time Kopp has received the accolade and the third consecutive for Heath.
Duke's 11 female All-ACC Academic selections ties for the most this season with Florida State (11), followed by Virginia Tech (9), Louisville (7), Miami (6), Clemson (4), N.C. State (4), Notre Dame (4), Syracuse (4) and Virginia (4), North Carolina (3) and Georgia Tech (2), Pitt (2) and Wake Forest (2).
After transitioning to the 800m this season, Kopp collected second team All-America accolades at the NCAA Outdoor Championships earlier in June and went on to garner another All-America honor as a member of the 4x400m relay. The Rochester, N.Y., native also claimed bronze and first team All-ACC honors in the 800m at the ACC Championships and ran a leg of the school-record holding 4x100m relay this season.
Streisel served as one of Duke's javelin specialists and collected second team All-ACC recognition at the conference championships and All-America honorable mention following her performance at the NCAA Championships.
Heath led the women's pole vault squad to an outstanding season as she collected her third All-America status. Heath captured gold at the conference championships and owns the second-best clearance in school history, 14-3.50 (4.35).
At the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Lexington, Ky., Price helped the 4x400m relay team qualify for the NCAA Championships with the fourth-fastest time in Duke history, 3:34.17. The Hillsborough, Calif., native went on to garner second team All-America honors following the relay squad's performance on the national stage.
Kerr clocked in the third-fastest time in Duke history in the 400m, 54.07, during her sophomore outdoor campaign and competed alongside her 4x400m relay teammates to collect second team All-America recognition at the NCAA Championships.
In addition to Kopp, Price and Kerr, Lowe served as the final piece to the second team All-America 4x400m relay and owns this season's school-record time in the 4x100m relay.
Murphy holds the school-record mark in long jump and in the 4x100m relay, as well as the second-fastest time in the 100m, 11.70. The Apex, N.C., native captured first team All-ACC honors following her performance at the ACC Championships.
Serving as one of four women's pole vault specialists, Sheppard collected first team All-ACC recognition with a third-place finish at the conference championships.
Vukajlovic rewrote the record book in the hammer throw multiple times during the outdoor season, ultimately registering a school-record mark of 195-7 (59.63), setting the Bosnia-Herzegovina national record as well. The sophomore added second team All-ACC honors to her impressive outdoor resume.
As ACC Women's Freshman of the Year, Gochenour most recently qualified for the Pan Am Junior meet as part of the U.S. Junior National Team in javelin and will compete in Lima, Peru on July 21-23. The Logan, Ia., native capped her first collegiate season with a school-record toss of 178-0 (54.26) to finish sixth at the NCAA Championships earlier in June. The first team All-America honoree had previously taken the bronze medal at the conference championships and set a school record in the javelin three times throughout the season.
Marty capped her successful rookie season with an All-America honorable mention in pole vault following the NCAA Championships and garnered silver and first team All-ACC at the ACC Championships. The Seattle, Wash., native concluded her first collegiate campaign with the fourth-best clearance in Duke history, 13-9.25 (4.20).
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. Every student-athlete selected to the 2017 All-ACC Women's Track and Field Academic Team earned All-America and/or All-ACC honors this past season, was selected as an ACC Performer of the Week or earned a spot in the 2017 NCAA finals.
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.
Virginia Tech senior middle-distance runner Hanna Green was recognized as the 2017 ACC Women's Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Name, Year, Major
Katelyn Gochenour, Fr., Undeclared
Madison Heath, Jr., Psychology
MacKenzie Kerr, So., Political Science
Madeline Kopp, Sr., GCS in Literature Program
India Lowe, So., Psychology
Laura Marty, Fr., Undeclared
Sydnei Murphy, So., Cultural Anthropology
Maddy Price, Jr., Sociology
Nati Sheppard, So., Sociology
Christine Streisel, Sr., Evolutionary Anthropology
Stefani Vukajlovic, So., Electrical & Computer Engineering
2017 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Hanna Green, Virginia Tech