DURHAM – Recent Duke graduate Erin Swamp will represent the United States this weekend as former track and field star Blue Devil prepares to compete in the women’s heptathlon at the 15th Annual Thorpe Cup on July 9-10 at St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas.
In addition to Marsh, Team USA’s roster includes independent competitors Alyssa Brooks-Johnson and Duke’s current volunteer assistant coach. Sarah GlidenAllie Jones (Stanford), Callie Jones (Texas Tech), Cheyenne Williamson (Saginaw Valley State) and Melanie Winters (Asics).
Saturday’s slate features four heptathlon events, starting with the 100m hurdles scheduled for 10 a.m. ET. The high jump (10:40 a.m.), the shot put (12:30 p.m.) and the 200m (1:30 p.m.) close the first day. Sunday’s events start at 1 p.m., with the long jump, followed by the javelin (2 p.m.) and the 800m (3 p.m.).
A multi-event specialist during his time with the Blue Devils, Marsh capped off his stellar Duke career with a third-place finish and first-team All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships — the highest of his career. The Buford, Georgia native’s season also featured individual ACC championships in the 4x400m indoor relay and 60m hurdles and outdoor heptathlon. Marsh’s titles in the 60m hurdles and heptathlon made her the first female Duke to win gold in those respective events.
The 16-time All-ACC selection has held the school record in the 60m hurdles (8.06 seconds), pentathlon (4,383 points) and heptathlon (5,946 points). Additionally, she established six combined top five scores in the indoor and outdoor programs.
The Thorpe Cup is an international athletics competition between the United States and Germany. Teams are made up of a maximum of seven men and seven women who compete in the decathlon and heptathlon. Athletes receive a predetermined number of points based on their performance in each of the decathlon and heptathlon events. The top five men’s scores and the top three women’s scores are added together to determine the winners of the men’s and women’s teams.
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