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Duke Women Win Second Straight ACC Outdoor Championship

Duke Women Win Second Straight ACC Outdoor Championship


ATLANTA, Ga.  – The Duke women’s track and field team made ACC history on Saturday as the Blue Devils became the first women’s team to win back-to-back outdoor conference titles outright since the league expanded to 15 teams.
 
The Blue Devils, who won their third women’s ACC Championship in the last four seasons, capped a stellar weekend at the ACC Outdoor Championships by collecting six more medals and garnering 20 All-ACC honors on the final day of competition. Four of Duke’s six medals were gold as sophomore Lauren Tolbert, graduate student Skyla Wilson and both the women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays registered ACC titles.
 
Duke’s women finished the three-day conference meet with 133 points – 12 points better than the runner-up (Clemson). On the men’s side, the Blue Devils totaled 70.33 points to place seventh. Overall, Duke crowned seven ACC Champions, produced 13 medals and garnered 37 All-ACC honors over the course of the weekend.
 
TOP PERFORMANCES

  • Duke made program history Saturday as the quartet of Mia Edim, Abby Geiser, Halle Bieber and Maddy Doane registered the team’s first ACC title in the women’s 4x100m relay.
  • The Blue Devil foursome set a season’s best as they raced to a blistering time of 43.59 seconds to claim the victory while improving their own school record in the process. Additionally, the time checked in at No. 15 nationally at the time of the race.
  • Sophomore Lauren Tolbert and graduate student Skyla Wilson pushed Duke’s Saturday gold medal tally to three as each captured the ACC title in their respective events and All-ACC First Team accolades via career-best performances.
  • Taking part in the women’s 400m, Tolbert dashed a blazing 52 seconds flat to earn the win and improve her No. 3 all-time program mark. Wilson captured the 400m hurdles crown via a personal best of 56.05 seconds – tied for No. 7 in the NCAA at the time of the race. The mark trimmed over a second off her previous best and moved her up one spot to No. 2 on the Duke charts.
  • The Blue Devils capped the conference meet with their fourth gold medal of the day, and seventh of the weekend overall, with a win in the women’s 4x400m.
  • Duke’s quartet of Doane, juniors Megan McGinnis and Meredith Sims and Tolbert grabbed the title via a time of 3:31.76, which included splits of 53.52 seconds and 50.89…

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