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Brian Atkinson
Courtesy: Doug Wells
Brian Atkinson
Menís Cross Country Up to No. 6 in Regional Rankings
Friday 09/10/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke men's cross country program moved up one spot to No. 6 and the women's squad maintained its position at No. 5 in the latest Southeast Regional team rankings, released Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Both teams opened the season with first-place finishes Aug. 31 at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational in Blacksburg, Va. Senior Juliet Bottorff won the women's 4K race with a time of 13:38.75, while sophomore Shaun Thompson crossed the line first in the men's 6K race at 18:25.68. Both Bottorff and Thompson received Atlantic Coast Conference Cross Country Co-Performer of the Week recognition for their efforts.

The Blue Devils return to action Saturday when they host N.C. Central on the Sally Meyerhoff Fitness Loop on the Al Buehler Trail. This year's edition of the annual dual meet features a unique element, as it will be held in conjunction with the Bull City Classic which will see Duke and N.C. Central meet on the gridiron at 7 p.m. The cross country races are scheduled to begin on the track in Wallace Wade Stadium beginning just prior to kickoff at 6:45 p.m. All runners will start near the video scoreboard in Wallace Wade, complete nearly a full lap around the track and exit the stadium before heading to the finish on the Sally Meyerhoff Fitness Loop.

Fans in Wallace Wade will be updated on the team scores following the conclusion of the races. In addition, the two individual winners will be recognized on the video scoreboard during the third quarter of the football game.

Men's Southeast Region Rankings - Sept. 10
1. NC State
2. Eastern Kentucky
3. William & Mary
4. Virginia Tech
5. Virginia
6. Duke
7. Louisville
8. North Carolina
10. Western Kentucky
11. Davidson
12. High Point
13. Richmond
14. Clemson
15. Kentucky

Women's Southeast Region Rankings - Sept. 10
1. Virginia
2. NC State
3. North Carolina
4. Clemson
5. Duke
6. Virginia Tech
7. James Madison
8. William & Mary
9. Richmond
10. Kentucky
11. Elon
12. Liberty
13. Eastern Kentucky
14. Charlotte
15. High Point


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