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Three track and field Blue Devils earn All-America status

As the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships draw to a close, three Blue Devils added All-America honors to their resumes. Graduate student Juliet Bottorff, senior Brian Atkinson and redshirt sophomore Thomas Lang both placed in the top-16 in their respective events.

Bottorff placed fifth in the women’s 5,000-meter run, finishing with a personal record time of 15:55.94. Bottorff also placed third in the women’s 10,000-meter run, finishing with a time of 32:37.46.

Bottorff became the first female in program history to earn All-America honors on four occasions.

“I left it up to her when to let it go,” said Associate Head Coach Kevin Jermyn after her 10,000 meter run. “We generally talked about a certain distance. It was really windy out so it wasn’t easy to lead. Right around the mile, I gave her the green light to consider going if she felt good. We felt like it was another advantage to try and make a long drive to the finish as opposed to just an all-out last 200 or 400 to maximize her position in the race.”

Atkinson placed 14th in the men’s 10,000-meter run, finishing in a time of 29:48.11. He became the third 10,000-meter runner in school history to earn All-America honors. He finished his career ranked fourth on the all-time charts for Duke with his personal best of 29:27.85, a time he ran earlier this season.

“[Brian] ran smart, he ran tough, and he got it done,” said Duke’s Director of Track and Field Norm Ogilvie. “It worked out, and he definitely made it with room to spare. It was just an outstanding race for him. I’m really proud of him, and you just have to feel great for him to know how much better he did against the guys from the East.”

Lang finished 11th in the men’s javelin. On his first attempt, Lang fouled. He came back nicely though, throwing the javelin 214-2 on the second attempt. On the third attempt he sent the javelin flying 218-3.

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