DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke Director of Track & Field Norm Ogilvie and the Blue Devils welcome freshman Laura Marty, a product of Seattle, Wash., to the program for the 2017 campaign.

Prior to Duke: Marty joins the Blue Devils from Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle, Wash., and specializes in pole vault. Marty has set the Washington state record multiple times during her career and owns a personal-best clearance of 13-7 (4.14). She is the 2016 Tony Burkardt Award recipient, which is given to a student-athlete that overcomes adversity, and is the Washington State girl’s decathlon record holder. Off the track, Marty was a member of the National Honor Society, the Washington Athletic Club Scholar-Athlete recipient and the St. Thomas Aquinas Academic Achievement Award winner.

How did you get started in track & field?
LM: My brother ran track and our elementary and middle school had a pretty good program. I started in third grade running with the fourth graders. I started pole vaulting when I was a freshman in high school.
What is your favorite track & field memory?
LM: The state meet freshman year was my first big competition. I didn’t do very well but I was surrounded by my awesome teammates and I still have a lot of fun memories from that trip.


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