Blue Devils Honor the 2021 Season at the Awards Party

DURHAM – The Duke track and field team held an awards party on Monday night at Blue Devil Tower to honor the achievements from the 2020-21 track and field season, as well as the just completed 2021 cross country season. . Director of Athletics and Cross Country Shawn Wilbourn along with other members of the coaching staff, gave 12 awards to 10 student-athletes for their achievements.

Graduted student Erin Swamp and just graduated Alex Miley Each person takes home a pair of prizes. Marsh was presented with Female Athletics of the Year and Curtis Beach Performer of the Year award after a historic individual season. Marsh won a bronze medal in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships, a silver medal in the pentathlon at the ACC Outdoor Championships, a silver medal in the 60m hurdles and high jump. at the ACC Indoor Championships and finished fourth in the pentathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She also scored eight of the five all-time highs in the Duke books of records last season alone, including her school’s performance in three events – the pentathlon (4,344 points), the 60m indoor hurdles ( 8.06 seconds) and triathlon (5,924 points). Marsh also owns Duke’s second fastest 100m hurdles (13.17 seconds), 3rd indoor & outdoor high jump (1.79m) and indoor long jump (6.12 m), at the same time ranked second. 5 in the best distance in the outdoor long jump (6.06m).

Miley received the Athlete of the Year award and the Men’s Career Advancement award. Miley made steady progress each year and ended her Duke career with a strong high-profile campaign. The distance runner won a silver medal and All-ACC First Team title in the 3000m open-air steeplechase, as well as a bronze medal and All-ACC First Team recognition in the DMR in the home. Maple Grove, Minn., Indigenous recorded a historic run in the 3000m tower race at the ACC Outdoor Championships, breaking the school’s 49-year-old record with a time of 8:32.72. Miley also served as the team’s captain during the 2020 cross country season.

Brittany Aveni won the Athlete of the Year award. Aveni, a former middle distance runner, won the All-ACC First Team titles in the outdoor 400m and 4x400m after having the best of his career at the 2021 ACC Outdoor Championships. She won two golds in the 400m and 4x400m relay, and won bronze in the 200m to help the Blue Devils lead the show’s first ACC championship. Aveni became the first Duchess woman to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in three different events (400m, 4x400m relay, 4x100m relay), as well as the first all-around American five times in program history for girls. In addition, the USTFCCCA Outdoor 2021 First Prize (400m, 4x400m) and the Second Teammate (4x100m) All America also own the whole school’s achievements in the distances of 100 (11.35 seconds), 200 (22.96 seconds). and 400 meters (51.60 seconds). like relays 4×100 (44.02 seconds) and 4×400 meters (3:28.27).

Ben Beatty won the Men’s Athlete of the Year award. The redshirt senior won the 2021 All-ACC First Team award after bronze in the indoor shooting, where he set a school record with a throw of 18.43m (60-5.75 feet). During the outdoor season, Beatty recorded the second-best hammer throw in show history, hitting a PR shot 59.13m (194-0 feet) to finish 10th at the ACC Outdoors Championship .

Cross Country MVP title awarded to graduates Michaela Reinhart for women and Josh Romine for the men. Reinhart was captain of the women’s cross country team and beat the Blues at the ACC Championship for the fifth consecutive season, scoring 20:45.1 to take 14th place overall and claim the all-round title. for the fourth year in a row. She followed that up with her third all-region title and 20th in the NCAA Southeast Region (20:44.4) – the top spot among the Duchesses. She also won a bronze medal and All-ACC Second Team title in the Indoor DMR, All-ACC Second Team recognition in the outdoor 5000m and set a Second Duke all-time record in 5000m (15:55.38), as well as the fourth-best 10000m (33:26.61) finish in the show’s history.

Romine was crowned the first of the Duke’s men at the ACC Championships and finished in 21st place (24:16.5) to claim the first All-ACC selection of his career. me. Highland Farm, Colo., Indigenous finished at 29:53.2 (20th), an individual best in 10K, to secure his Regionwide first choice. Romine won the All-ACC title for the first time with sixth place and a PR time of 14:03.84 in the 5000m at the ACC Indoor Championships – the third fastest time in Duke indoor history.

Cha’Mia Rothwell and Alex Schwedt won the first Women and Hell Man Awards. During her only season as the Blue Devils, Rothwell set the school record in the 100m hurdles three times – the last time coming at the NCAA East Regional, where she finished ninth and broke 13 seconds times. first with a run time of 12.95 seconds to qualify. for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Earlier that season, she set the fourth-fastest time in show history at the 200m (23.53s) at the Charlotte Invitational, as well as the second-longest jump in Duke history (6.38m) ) at the Virginia Invitational. She also took home a bronze medal in the 100m hurdles at the ACC Outdoor Championships, winning the All-ACC First Team title while helping the Blue Devils win their first ACC title. Rothwell became the USTFCCCA All-American for the first time in the outdoor 100m (First Team) and 4x100m (Second Team), with her time of 44.02 seconds in the 4x100m relay setting the whole school record.

Schwedt made an immediate impact after joining Duke, as he entered the record books in four categories and won the All-ACC Second Team title in the 4x400m indoor relay. Schwedt owns the second best time of all time in the 200m indoor (21.48 seconds) and 400m outdoor (46.68 seconds), third fastest time in the 300m (34.49 seconds), and at the same time. placed fourth in the 400m indoor (47.67sec) and 500m events. (1:04.01).

Leigha Turin received the Most Improved Career Award for Women. Torino culminated in her Duke career with a superb senior season in which she earned USTFCCCA All-American Second Team recognition. She booked four PRs as a senior, with two of them being ACC Championships. Torino took the All-ACC Second Team title with a 2:05.20 (sixth) time in the 800m at the ACC Indoor Championships, then finished sixth overall in the 800m final at the ACC Outdoor Championships to add an All title -Other ACC.

Rounding out the winners is the underage Lara Kohlenbach, recipient of the 2021 Community Service Career Award. A native of Koenigstein, Germany, Kohlenbach has spearheaded the efforts and encouraged his teammates to continue making an impact in the community. She also formed a good relationship with the six-year-old Charlie Galuten from Team IMPACT, whom the Blue Devils just signed.

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