Oftentimes, it is difficult to choose the Duke of the Week. This week…not so much.
Coming off the women’s cross country team’s first ever Atlantic 10 title – and Duquesne’s first Atlantic 10 title in any sport since 2005 – senior Amber Valimont was the easy choice for Duke of the Week. When she’s been on, Amber has run like practically no other Duke in the history of its program. While leading her team to the Atlantic 10 crown on Saturday, Amber garnered a fourth-place, picking off multiple women in the last mile. She was a First-Team All Atlantic 10 selection as well. After a slow start to the year, Amber’s fourth place finish overall at the A-10 meet is a testament to her work and dedication for her four years at Duquesne.
Thus far this year with only the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional meet remaining, Amber led the team to an overall 76-14 record (84.4%). The 84.4% record to date is the best ever in the women’s cross-country program history.
On a personal level, it’s been a privilege watching and hearing about Amber’s development. I was fortunate enough to see Amber run a lot of races in high school for Hempfield High School (Greensburg area of Pittsburgh) as an assistant coach for a neighboring program at Gateway. Amber is one of those individuals that it was hard not to root for at meets, always putting in the work, staying positive, encouraging teammates, and doing all the little things right on meet days.
Good at NCAA Nationals next Friday at Lehigh to both you and the team!