DES MOINES, Iowa - The Blue Devils earn a total of five All-America honors in a successful campaign at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Sophomore Michelle Anumba was the only Blue Devil to make it to the podium with her eighth place finish in the women's shot put, earning her First Team All-America honors. Sophomore Curtis Beach earned Second Team All-America honors in both the long jump and 800 meters. He was joined on the second team by senior Amy Fryt in the pole vault and junior Juliet Bottorff in the 10,000.
"We came to des Moines with a great group of young athletes and came away with five All-America honors," Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilvie commented. "I think the team competed pretty well and the season isn't over for a couple of individuals. We are expecting Curtis to compete in the Olympic Trials along with Tanner Anderson and Michelle Anumba.
Senior Michael Barbas was the lone Blue Devil to compete on the final day of competition. He wrapped up his Duke career by finishing in 24th place in the men's shot put. His best mark of the afternoon was 57-7.75 (17.57) which he threw on his third attempt.
Barbas earned his way to his first NCAA championships with an 18 inch personal record and school breaking throw of 60-8 (18.49) at the NCAA First Round in Jacksonville, Fla. The two-time All-ACC performer earned his degree in neuroscience last month.
"Barbas is so important to this program, besides his ability to throw the shot put. He has helped the throws program become what it is. Certainly the storybook ending was in Jacksonville when his four year goal to get the school record came true in dramatic fashion, setting two personal records in his final big meet. Today was the cherry on top of the sundae getting to compete at the NCAAs. He gave it a good effort but in this field there is so much good talent. We are really proud of his contributions to the program, again, way beyond the simple throwing that he did."
Duke broke five school records on the season and earned three individual conference crowns and nine athletes earned All-ACC honors.
This weekend did mark the last competition in a Duke uniform for seniors Barbas and Fryt.
"We are saying goodbye to Michael Barbas and Amy Fryt, it was a great career for both of them. We are also excited about the future. Six of the eight athletes will be back again next year. We have a tremendous recruiting class coming in and we have a lot of other athletes who would have been here but got derailed by last minute injuries. Our program is probably looking brighter for next year than it did for this year where I think we probably exceeded expectations. We are in a good place and have a good solid coaching staff."
A handful of Blue Devils are set to compete in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials full coverage of the event will be available at www.GoDuke.com.
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