Duke welcomes six to Sprints unit

DURHAM- Duke Athletics added six more student-athletes to the sprints and hurdles unit ahead of the 2022-23 season.

The incoming group consists of three transfers – Arianna Gragg, madison muller and Haley Rizekwith freshmen Guinness Brown, Rayan Khwaja and John Tarpeh.

“I am delighted with this class”, associate head coach Marc Muller said. “We have a good balance of national level sprinters and hurdles to provide great depth to the program.”

Blue Devils incoming class now has 36 members as all six join freshmen Maddie Davies, Nick Falk, Dalia Frias, Jonathan Horn, Julia Jackson, Jeremy Kain, Gianna Locci, Amina Maatoug, Allison Neiders, Falcon Lancer and Lawrence Tolbert, as well as transfers Sara Absten, Jide Akinjisola, Tyler Hrbek, Anoush Krafian, Lily Lockart, Zach McWhorter, Robbie Otal, Matthew Prebola, Ashlyn Ramos, Jacob Reinach, Addie Renner, Myles Schreck, Jordyn Shubrick, Amanda Sinkewicz, Emily Sloan, Ilhame Tamrouti, Zoe Waddell and Kristin West.

Check out some of their career highlights below:

Guinness Brown | Butler, Pennsylvania | Butler High School

  • Holds Butler’s outdoor school records in the 100m – 10.80 seconds, 200m – 21.42 seconds and 400m – 48.53 seconds
  • Ranks #1 in school history in 60m – 7.02 seconds, 200m – 21.99 seconds and 400m – 49.06 seconds
  • Recorded personal best in the 400m indoor of 48.22 seconds and personal best in the 200m of 21.73 seconds at the 2021 Adidas National Indoor Championships
  • Five-time WPIAL AAA champion – 100m (2x), 200m (2x), 400m
  • Nine-time High School All-American
  • Four-time PTFCA State Medalist
  • Helped lead Butler to the 2022 PIAA State Championship

Arianna Gragg | Lafayette, California. | Dartmouth College

  • Has personal bests of 2:09.3 in the 800m and 1:14.74 in the 500m
  • Finished second in the 4×800 m relay at the 2022 Ivy League Outdoor Athletics Championships
  • Placed fourth overall and earned All-Ivy League Second Team honors in the 800m at the 2022 Ivy League Indoor and Outdoor Athletics Championships
  • Also finished fourth in the 4x800m relay at the 2019 Ivy League Indoor Championships
  • Seventh place at the 2019 Ivy League Outdoor Championships in Heptathlon and Ivy League Indoor Championships in Pentathlon

Rayan Khwaja | Dubai | Jumeirah College

  • Has personal bests of 10.71 seconds in the 100m and 21.58 seconds in the 200m
  • Personal records are also Jumeirah College school records
  • Named Male Sportsman of the Year

Maddison Mulder | Smithtown, NY | SUNY Geneseo

  • Recorded personal best 400m in 55.15 seconds at AARTFC Outdoor Athletics Championships
  • National Champion 4x400m Division III Outdoor 2021
  • Five-time NCAA Division III All-American
  • CoSIDA Academic All-American
  • SUNYAC All-Decade Team

Haley Rizek | Albuquerque, New Mexico | Penn

  • Holds Penn’s heptathlon record, scoring 5,377 points at the 2022 Ivy League Outdoor Championships to finish second
  • Also ranks No. 3 all-time in the 400m hurdles (58.93 seconds) and No. 5 all-time in the 4x400m relay (3:37.10)
  • Helped Penn win four Ivy League heptathlon team championships – two indoor (2019, 2020) and two outdoor (2019, 2022)
  • NCAA East Regional Qualifier

John Tarpeh | Dallas, TX | Greenhill School

  • Holds the Greenhill School record in the 300m outdoor hurdles (44.29 seconds)
  • Two-time Athletics MVP (2021, 2022)
  • Team Captain (2021, 2022)
  • Four-time All-SPC Conference Winner
  • Four-time All-North Zone Conference selection
  • Richard F. Hall Athlete of the Year Award
  • SPC State Conference Champion in 100m Hurdles (2021, 2022) and High Jump (2022)
  • Finished second in the state in 300 m hurdles (2022), third in 300 m hurdles (2021)
  • USATF All-American in the 4x400m relay with Major Impact Track Club TX
  • Second place in Division I Texas Relays 100m hurdles (2022)
  • Eighth place at the New Balance indoor meet in the 60m hurdles (2022)

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