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Duke Men Win Great American XC Festival
Release: 09/28/2012
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CARY, N.C. - The Duke men's cross country team turned in a dominant performance to claim its fourth consecutive team title at the annual Great American Cross Country Festival Friday afternoon at the WakeMed Cross Country Course.

Junior Phil Fairleigh paced the Blue Devil men for the second time this season, coming in second overall with a personal-best clocking of 24:56.8 on the 8K course. Sophomore Brian Schoepfer also recorded a new personal best, crossing the line just behind Fairleigh in 25:14.5. Senior Joseph Elsakr took fourth at 25:21.0, while junior Christian Britto placed fifth (25:22.7) in his first outing of the season. Freshman Daniel Moore - who notched a course record at the same meet during his high school career - rounded out the scoring for the Blue Devils with a seventh-place finish (25:33.2).

A pair of Duke freshmen completed the first 8K race of their careers Friday, as Eddie Merenda came in ninth at 25:56.6 and Blake Udland finished 10th in 26:24.9. Sophomore Nate McClafferty followed in 11th place (26:45.9) and junior Spencer Pecha in 17th (27:10.3).

As a team, the Blue Devils totaled 16 points to take first overall. Longwood came in second with 70 points, while Young Harris College took fifth (109), Hampden-Sydney College eighth (220) and Methodist University 10th (282). Several other clubs teams also participated in the meet.

Andrew Brodeur, a 2012 graduate of Duke and the Blue Devils' current volunteer assistant coach, won the race as an unattached participant with a time of 24:35.0.

"It was a really great group effort," said head coach Norm Ogilvie. "We had a great turnout with not only our varsity cross country group, but our half-milers and a lot of support from around here at Duke. I think that helped a lot. The guys responded really well. We're very happy with our performance."

Duke improved to 13-4 overall and remained 1-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference following Friday's meet.

The Blue Devil women return to action Saturday morning at the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, Ky., while the men will compete next at the NCAA Pre-Nationals Meet on Oct. 13 in Louisville.


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