June 05, 2017
By: Erica Rose
Moravian College had just one female-student athlete qualify for NCAA championships this year in Track and Field. That female was Mary Kate Duncan and if you’ve never heard of her before, you surely will after this. Duncan stitched her name into the record books as just a junior, winning the 2017 NCAA Division III Women’s Javelin National Title. Duncan is now a two-time All-American with three trips to the NCAA Championship. In 2016, Duncan finished in 5th place.
The day started with 22 student-athletes, and only 11 advancing to the finals. Duncan finished the preliminaries in second place thanks to a throw that reached 43.03 meters. However, others would save their best tosses for the finals dropping Duncan down to 5th place. But that is when Duncan would rise to the occasion. Sitting in 5th place on her 5th throw (lucky number 5?), she would throw a personal best 46.26 meters. That throw would land Katie in first place.
With the National Title, Duncan becomes Moravian’s 21st NCAA Division III Individual National Champion, the 20th from the track & field program, and the third women’s javelin champion for the Greyhounds. With such an impressive resume as a junior, it will be exciting to see what Duncan will do in her final year as a Greyhound.
(Photo Courtesy of: moraviansports.com)