Duke pole vaulter Megan Clark named track athlete of week

From News ReleasesMarch 25, 2014 

— Duke sophomore Megan Clark was named National Athlete of the Week on Monday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after her school record-setting performance in the pole vault Saturday at the Carolina Relays in Chapel Hill.

Clark, who currently owns the highest collegiate clearance in the nation this season, posted a mark of 14-7.25 (4.45) on her first attempt at the height. Clark’s effort shattered the previous school record of 14-2.00 (4.31), held by former Olympian Jillian Schwartz.

The Fort Benning, Ga., native cleared heights of 12-9.50 (3.90), 13-5.25 (4.10) and 14-3.25 (4.35) on her first attempt after opening the competition by clearing 12-5.50 (3.80) on her third attempt. Clark earned a first-place finish at the contest on Saturday, out vaulting the second-place finisher by over two feet.

Clark’s vault on Saturday tied for the ninth-highest clearance on the all-time outdoor collegiate performers list.

LACROSSE

Duke: Junior attacker Kerrin Maurer is the WomensLax.com Player of the Week following a six-point performance on Saturday in Duke’s 16-11 victory over Virginia.

Maurer had three goals and three assists in collecting her fifth hat trick and her sixth multiple assist game.

Men’s Golf

Duke: Duke is tied for 12th after two rounds at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in Awendaw, S.C.

Virginia leads the event with a 578 (plus 2) with Auburn, South Carolina and College of Charleston one shot back.

Softball

Elon: The game time for Elon’s road contest at N.C. State on Wednesday has been moved up to 4 p.m. from 6 p.m. due to expected cold weather.

East Carolina: The Pirates and Tar Heels will now play a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Chapel Hill, instead of one game at 6 p.m.

Saint Augustine’s: The Falcons pounded out 12 hits to thump Virginia Union 16-3 in the CIAA Softball Round-Up at Walnut Creek Softball Complex.

Rowing

Duke: The Blue Devils are ranked No. 20 in the first edition of the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association/US Rowing Coaches Poll.

Duke, which also climbed into the CRCA/US Rowing Top 20 in 2013, is one of five ACC teams ranked in the initial poll, joining No. 3 Virginia, No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 18 Clemson and No. 19 Syracuse.

Gymnastics

N.C. State: The gymnastics team received its 12th straight selection to the National Collegiate Women’s Gymnastics Championships. The Wolfpack will compete starting Saturday in the Athens, Ga., regional, at the University of Georgia.

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