ROCK HILL, S.C. – With 11 of the top 12 finishers, the Duke men’s cross country team surged to a victory at the Winthrop Invitational on Saturday morning. The Blue Devils took the top spot with 19 team points, with second place USC Upstate collecting 73 points. Duke now moves to 8-0 on the season with a 1-0 ACC record.
Junior Nikhil Pulimood earned the first win of his collegiate career as he clocked a time of 25:15.21 on the eight-kilometer course. Freshmen Paul Dellinger and CJ Ambrosio had strong performances in their second collegiate races as the pair finished third and fourth respectively with times of 25:30.36 and 25:25.25.
“It was great to have junior Nikhil Pulimood earn his first collegiate win, he looked very good running in his first race of the season,” said head coach Norm Ogilvie. “We had three of our guys surge away from the pack at the end, in Puhlimood, Dellinger, and Ambrosio. Once again it was a really good race for the freshmen.”
Rounding out the scoring for Duke were seniors Jordan Burton and Alec Kunzweiler. Burton finished in fifth place as he had a time of 25:38.77 and Kunzweiler was right behind him in sixth place, posting a time of 25:50.29.
“Burton did exactly what we need him to do,” said Ogilvie. “Kunzweiler as well. They helped us to win today.”
Also in the top ten for the Blue Devils were freshmen Alex Miley (25:55.33) and Michael Ungvarsky (26:02.58) who came in seventh and eighth. Junior Stephen Garrett came in ninth with a time of 26:05.33 in his first race of the season and Josh Romine finished in tenth as he had a time of 26:15.22. Finally, sophomores Cole Hoff (26:15.79) and Tom Sullivan (26:20.46) closed out the top Duke pack as they came in 11th and 12th respectively.
“I’m excited to bring our top 10 runners, which includes five veterans and five freshmen to the Roy Griak next week,” added Ogilvie. “We ran well today and I’m happy how it turned out.”
The Blue Devils will travel to Minneapolis, Minn., for the Roy Griak Invitational next Saturday, Sept. 23.