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Duwell is a 2005 graduate of West Bend West High School in West Bend, Wisconsin, where she was class valedictorian and won Wisconsin Division I state titles in the 800 meters as a sophomore and junior. She ran for the University of Minnesota where she graduated from the Carlson School of Management in May 2010. Duwell finished her running career at the University of Minnesota as a three-time All-American and a two-time Individual Big Ten Conference champion. She steadily progressed and improved throughout her collegiate career, leaving the University of Minnesota as a school record holder in four events.
Duwell, 24, is currently a member of Team USA Arizona, adidas-McMillan Elite located in Flagstaff, Arizona. Since joining Team USA Arizona, Duwell has achieved several top-10 finishes including the USA 10K Championship (7th), the USA Cross Country Championship (9th) and the Manchester Road Race (10th). She was a member of the winning team at the Club Cross Championship with fellow adidas-McMillan Elite runners. Her 9th place individual finish at the USA Cross Championships in San Diego to earned her a spot to race at the NACAC Cross Country Meet in Trinidad in February 2011. Duwell won silver in the women’s 6K to lead Team USA women to the team gold medal.
“I couldn’t be more honored to be a recipient of the 2011-12 Roads Scholar grant,” Duwell said. “This grant will enable me to follow my dreams on adidas-McMillan Elite and Team USA Arizona. It is grants such as these that make it possible for developing professional runners to fully focus on achieving their running goals as a career- thanks for making that happen.”