Hoffman, Marsh take bronze medals at NCAA Outdoor Championships
EUGENE, Arch. – PhD students Lauren Hoffman and Erin march won bronze medals and All-America First Team honors in the 400-meter hurdles and heptathlon, respectively, as the Duke women’s No. 16 track and field team capped a historic season with the final day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
“Both teams gained valuable experience at this meeting,” said the Director of Athletics and Cross Country Shawn Wilbourn. “Some of the best athletes in the world competed this week and we held our ground. It can be humbling, but that’s the level we’re aiming for.”
With third places, the two achieved the highest placings of their careers at the national outdoor meeting.
Hoffman ended a stellar season in which she set her own school record four times with another stellar performance. The Haymarket, Virginia native improved her 10th place finish from a year ago with a 55.58 to third overall.
After finishing fourth in the heptathlon at the 2021 Outdoor Championships and the best result by a Blue Devil since 2014, Marsh has once again raised the bar. The Buford, Georgia product reversed its previous best placing when it finished third overall with a total of 5,929 points. Marsh set a season best in the final event of the day with a brilliant run of 2:14.64 to finish third in the 800m.
Marsh opened the morning with the long jump, posting a jump of 18-10 feet (5.74 m) on her opening attempt. In the javelin throw that followed, Marsh had her best throw on the second try when she threw the javelin 117-3 ft (35.75 m), adding 586 points to her total.
The Duke women accumulated 12 team points to finish 21st overall, closing the door on a historic 2021-22 campaign. That season, the Blue Devils earned their highest ranking in program history at No. 12, set three school records and earned a total of 23 top-five program grades.
For the full results of the meeting, click HERE.
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