Baker, Reinhart Secure Bids to NCAA Outdoor Championships


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Duke track and field program pushed it’s NCAA Outdoor Championship qualifier total to seven on Thursday as senior Dana Baker and graduate student Michaela Reinhart secured their spots for the national meet via strong outings in the 10,000m and javelin, respectively, on the first day of women’s action at the NCAA East Regional.

Reinhart continued her outstanding season with a phenomenal 10,000m race. The Louisville, Ky., native secured her spot to Eugene with a run of 34:21.45, which was the third-fastest among the field.

Baker ended the day on a high for the Blue Devils with a clutch performance in the javelin. The senior made her last throw her best, launching the javelin 50.74m (166-6 feet) to move up the leaderboard and punch her ticket to the national meet.

Graduate students Erin Marsh and Lauren Hoffman also kept their push for the NCAA Outdoor Championships intact as the pair advanced to the Saturday quarterfinals of the 100m and 400m hurdles.

Marsh advanced in the 100m hurdles with a run of  13.54 seconds, while Hoffman left no doubt in the 400m hurdles, clocking the second-fastest overall time of 56.48 seconds to move on to the next round.

Three other Blue Devils produced personal-best performances in their respective events. Zoe Hughes took on the long jump and narrowly missed out on a spot at nationals. Hughes finished 13th in the field, flying out to the farthest distance of her career of 6.06m (19-10.75 feet).

Halle Bieber and Kelcie Simmons competed in the women’s 200m dash with both individuals notching top-five program marks. Simmons jumped to the No. 3 spot on the Duke charts via a run of 23.37 seconds, while Bieber’s 23.40 second time ranks fifth all-time in program lore.

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Up Next:

Beck Wittstadt (800m), Donovan Spearman (200m), Miles Mingo (400m) and Nick Dahl (1500m) look to punch their tickets to the national meet as the quartet gears up to compete in the quarterfinal round of their respective events.

 

Junior Beau Allen and graduate student Michael Ungvarsky will also see action for the first time this week. Competing in the quarterfinal round of their events, Allen kicks off the Friday slate for Duke in the high jump set for 2 p.m., while Ungvarsky takes part in the 3000m steeplechase at 5:40 p.m. CJ Ambrosio wraps up competition for the Blue Devils at 8:10 p.m. in the 5000m race.  

 

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