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Nikhil

Pulimood

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Distance
Height: 5'11"
Year: Senior
City/State: Princeton, N.J.
High School: West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South

Bio

Honors: Cross Country All-ACC Academic Team (2016)...ACC Academic Honor Roll (2016, 2017)

2018-19: Opened his season with a sixth-place overall finish in the Elon Opener (8/31), posting a 6K time of 18:56 as the second Blue Devil to cross the finish line to help Duke secure a second-place team finish to begin the fall campaign … notched his second consecutive top-two finish for Duke in the Roy Griak Invitational (9/29) with a second-place finish, recording an 8K time of 24:50.7 to place ninth overall as the Blue Devils earned a first-place team win.

2017-18: Posted an impressive fall season of his junior campaign, notching top-two finishes for the Blue Devils in four of the five races he competed … opened his season at the Winthrop Invitational (9/16), finishing first overall with an 8K time of 25:15.21 to help Duke claim a first-place victory … notched his second consecutive first-place finish for the Blue Devils in the Roy Griak Invitational (9/23), posting an 8K time of 25:50.0 as the Blue Devils finished in seventh place … recorded an 8K time of 25:01.67 in the ECU Pirates Invite (10/13) as the Blue Devils claimed a first-place team victory in the 10-team competition … posted his third first-place finish of the fall season for the Blue Devils at the ACC Championships (10/27), eclipsing a personal-best 8K time of 24:22.9 … finished in second-place for Duke at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships (11/10), recording a 10K time of 30:52.9 to close out the fall season.

2016-17: Competed in five events during the cross country season…Finished in 17th in the 8K at the VertCross Invitational (10/14)…Was the second Duke finisher at both the ACC Cross Country Championships (10/28) and the Southeast Regional Championships (11/11)… Ran a personal best 30:39.6 in the 10K at the Southeast Regional Championships…Earned All-ACC Academic Honors…Ran in four events during the indoor campaign…Finished in ninth place with a season best time of 8:22.50 in the 3,000m at the Armory Invitational (2/4)… Qualified for the ACC Indoor Championships (2/25) at the same distance and finished in 27th place… Was the third finisher in the 5,000m at the Liberty Invitational (2/11) with a time of 15:12.29…Got the start in five races during the 2017 outdoor season…Ran a team best 14:35.49 in the 5,000m at the Penn Relays (4/29)…Qualified for the ACC Outdoor Championships in the 5,000m and finished in 21st place… Had a time of 3:56.20 in the 1,500m at the Duke Invitational (4/22)…Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

2015-16: Participated in his first collegiate cross country season during the fall, competing in four meets…opened his Duke career with a 60th-place finish at the Princeton Inter-Regional Meet (10/3)…registered a personal-best 8K time of 24:37.2 at the Pre-Nationals Invitational (10/17)…served as Duke’s sixth finisher at the ACC Championships (10/30), placing 66th overall in a time of 25:22.4…posted a personal-best 10K time of 31:18.0 at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships (11/13)…took the start for two races during the indoor season…opened the campaign with a sixth-place finish in the 3,000 at the Carolina Cup (1/15)…placed 11th in the 5,000 with a time of 14:52.23 at the Armory Invitational (2/5)…did not compete during the outdoor season…named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to Duke: Lettered three years under the guidance of Kurt Wayton at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in West Windsor, N.J.…garnered 2014 Gatorade New Jersey Cross Country Runner of the Year honors…claimed All-America status after placing 21st at Nike Cross Country Nationals…raced to a third-place finish at the Nike Cross Country Northeast Regional meet…crowned the 2014 Group 4 individual state cross country champion with a 5K time of 15:44, before placing second at the State Meet of Champions in a time of 15:42…helped lead team to a New Jersey Group 4 cross country state title in 2013…earned myriad New Jersey Group 4 titles, including in cross country (2014), the outdoor 3,200 (2014, 2015), the indoor 3,200 (2015), and the outdoor 1,600 (2015), in addition to serving on the indoor distance medley relay (2015) and the indoor 4x800 (2015)…member of the National Honor Society…received the Richard Willever Leadership Award and the Georga Wah Scholarship Award.

Personal: Son of Mani and Monisha Pulimood…born Nov. 6, 1996…has one brother, Philip.

Cross Country PRs
5K- 15:41 (High School)
8K- 24:22.9 (10/27/2017)
10K- 30:39.6 (11/11/16)

Indoor PR 
3,000m- 8:20.95 (2/24/2018)
5,000m- 14:46.23 (2/3/2018)

Outdoor PR
1,500m- 3:50.55 (4/21/2018)
3,000m- 8:17.96 (4/6/2018)
3,200m- 9:00.86 (High School)
5,000m- 14:21.49 (3/31/2018)

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