Blue Devil Women ranked 10th in the Terry Crawford Women’s Division I Program of the Year Award


DURHAM, NC – Only for the second time in the program’s history has the Duke women’s cross-country and athletics program ranked in the top 10 for the Terry Crawford Women’s Division I Program of the Year Award. The Blue Devils finished 10th overall with 89.5 points, while BYU took first place with 18 points.

The goal is the second highest in program history after the Blue Devil women finished seventh in 2010-11. Women’s cross country and athletics have been remarkably consistent across the board, spearheaded by one of only eight programs in the country to finish in the top 35 in the NCAA Women’s Cross Country, Indoor, and Outdoor Track and Field Championships a 27th place finish from the women’s cross country.

Senior Erin Marsh contributed a third place in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships and a fourth place in the heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to take the lead in individual performances. Graduates Brittany Aveni and Cha’Mia Rothwell, Senior citizens Lauren Hoffmann and Leigha Turin and the 4x400m relay of Iman Sule, Elena Brown-Soler, Hoffman and Aveni all added national top 10 finishes between the two NCAA track and field championships.

The award is presented annually to the most outstanding cross-country / athletics programs in each of the three divisions of the NCAA, the NAIA, and for each gender at those levels. The award honors the institution that has achieved the most success in each academic year (Cross Country, Indoor Athletics, and Outdoor Athletics seasons) based on the institution’s graduation in the NCAA or NAIA championships.

Scoring is based on the team’s finish at each NCAA Championship in Cross Country, Indoor Athletics, and Outdoor Athletics (ie 1st = 1 point, 2nd = 2 points … 31st = 31 points) with the lowest total score for all three championships jointly determine the winner.

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