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All-ACC Performers Andrew Brodeur and Madeline Morgan
Duke Men Tie For Fourth, Women Take Seventh at ACCs
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/29/2011
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CLEMSON, S.C. - The Duke men's cross country team tied for fourth while the women placed seventh Saturday at the ACC Championships in Clemson, S.C. The Blue Devils had two runners earn All-ACC honors in senior Andrew Brodeur and junior Madeline Morgan, while several other runners on both squads posted personal-bests on Clemson's Musser Farms Course.

The Blue Devil men tied for fourth place with Virginia Tech, notching 116 points. Nineteenth-ranked NC State claimed the conference title at 51 points with two of its runners - Ryan Hill and Andrew Colley - crossing the finish line first and second, respectively. No. 18 Florida State took second with 55 points, while No. 30 North Carolina placed third at 84 points.

Brodeur paced the Blue Devils with an All-ACC performance on the 8K course, finishing in 11th place with a personal-best time of 23:45.3. The Brick, N.J., native earned all-conference honors for the first time in his cross country career, improving 14 spots from his 25th-place showing at last year's ACC Championships.

"Andrew did a great job leading us," said head coach Norm Ogilvie. "Then we had a really solid pack with our No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 runners."

Duke had three other runners place inside the top 30, with each posting personal-best marks. Senior Stephen Clark placed 22nd in 24:08.3, followed by sophomore Brian Atkinson in 23rd at 24:10.5 and junior Domenick DeMatteo in 24th at 24:11.1. Four other Blue Devils also notched personal-bests at the conference meet, including freshman Morgan Pearson in 36th place (24:26.6) and junior Dominick Robinson at 51st (24:43.1).

"It was a very nice ACC Championships on our part," Ogilvie said. "We're pleased with the outcome. We finished higher than last year with a team that has been through adversity with injuries ... This was our best effort of the season so far, so we feel like this really sets the table well for us at [the NCAA Regional] in two weeks."

The Blue Devils now move to 37-13-1 on the season and 8-5-1 in ACC action.

The Blue Devil women placed seventh on the 6K course behind Morgan, who led the squad with an 11th-place showing in 20:42.8 for a new personal best. Morgan garnered All-ACC honors for the second consecutive season after finishing 14th at last year's conference championships.

"Madeline had her best championship finish and ran for a personal-best time, so we're really happy with her performance," said head coach Kevin Jermyn.

Seniors Esther Vermeer and Suejin Ahn also recorded top-30 finishes for Duke, with Vermeer taking 22nd in a personal-best 21:03.9 and Ahn placing 28th with a 21:11.5 clocking. Six other Blue Devils also posted personal-bests, including freshman Julianna Miller in 47th place at 21:44.0 and senior Amanda Truelove in 57th at 22:02.5.

"Overall we're disappointed with the team result but we're happy with our top performers for the day," Jermyn said. "We have a good idea as to where we stand in the region. Our goal is to tighten things up, see if we can beat one of those teams that finished ahead of us today [at the NCAA Regional] and show some improvement."

The top-ranked Florida State women grabbed the team title after placing six runners in the top 10 overall, while No. 24 Boston College and No. 17 Virginia took second and third, respectively. The Blue Devils were just two points shy of a sixth-place finish behind Clemson.

The Duke women now own a season record of 73-19 and a 5-6 mark in ACC competition.

Both the men's and women's cross country teams will compete next at the Wolfpack Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 5 in Cary, N.C. The Blue Devils will then travel to Louisville, Ky. on Saturday, Nov. 12 for the NCAA Southeast Regional.