DURHAM – Fresh off competing at the ACC Indoor Championships, five members of the No. 22 Duke track and field women’s team qualified for the 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships, announced by the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Committee.
Emily Cole, Karly Forker, Amina Maatoug, Megan McGinnis and Lauren Tolbert are all set to represent the Blue Devils in the distance medley relay (DMR) at the national meet March 10-11, held at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.
Maatoug, McGinnis and Tolbert were all members of the DMR squad that captured the gold medal at the ACC Championships this past weekend via a historic performance. After setting the program record at the Penn Relays, the Duke DMR raised the bar once again with an incredible display of running as they clocked a blistering time of 10:49.87 – currently No. 6 in the NCAA – that not only lowered their own school record by nearly seven seconds, but shattered the ACC, meet and North Healthcare Sports and Learning Center facility record as well.
In addition to competing in the DMR, Maatoug will also take part in the women’s mile and 3,000m events. Entering the NCAA Championships with the fastest seeded mile time of the women’s field, the Leiden, Netherlands, product qualified for the event behind a school-record time of 4:32.54 (4:29.87), which she set at the JDL Camel City Invite.
Over in the 3,000m, Maatoug locked down her spot with her second Duke-record time of 8:55.62, recorded at the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener. The sophomore’s time shattered Shannon Rowbury’s 15-year-old mark (9:02.73) by nearly seven seconds.
Duke opens competition on Friday, March 10 beginning with the semifinals of the women’s mile run (2 p.m. ET), while the DMR gears up for its race slated for 3:45 p.m. ET. On Saturday, Maatoug takes part in the 3,000m at 3 p.m. ET. More information on the NCAA Indoor Championships, including start lists and event times, can be found on GoDuke.com closer to the date of the event.
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