DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke graduate student Juliet Bottorff travels to Terre Haute, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 23, to participate in the fourth cross country national championship of her collegiate career. At last year’s national championship, Bottorff earned All-America honors with a 27th-place finish and helped lead the Blue Devils to a seventh-place team finish.
Bottorff looks to cap-off a successful 2013 campaign, highlighted by an individual title at the conference championship. In five appearances, Bottorff captured three first-place finishes. The Newark, Del., native opened her final cross country season as a Blue Devil with a first-place finish at the adidas XC Challenge on the WakeMed Soccer Park cross country course. The performance proved record-setting, as Bottorff clocked a course record of 16:28.9 over 5,000 meters.
Two weeks later, Bottorff returned to action to earn her second individual title in as many competitions, winning the Notre Dame Invitational in a time of 16:43.8. The invitational boasted a stacked field, with eight nationally-ranked teams entering the race.
At the Wisconsin Invitational, a race that many touted as a preview of the national meet, Bottorff finished 11th overall, running a 6,000m time of 20:03 on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course. Four of the top-ten finishers at the meet earned All-America honors at the 2012 NCAA Championship.
Bottorff responded from the 11th-place finish two weeks later at the ACC Championship. After a strong surge with 1,000m remaining, Bottorff extended her lead to eight seconds and crossed the line as conference champion. Bottorff’s individual victory marked the first time in eight years that a Blue Devil was crowned ACC individual champion.
Most recently, and in her penultimate collegiate cross country meet, Bottorff raced to a fourth-place Southeast Regional Championship finish, earning the fourth All-Southeast Region accolade of her career.
The consistency of Bottorff’s performances throughout the season is evident. Bottorff averaged 5:25 per mile pace or faster in all five of her appearances this season and averaged as fast as 5:18 per mile pace for 5,000m.
Bottorff’s experience at the national level goes beyond the cross country season, as she captured a 10,000m national championship in 2011 on the track.
Bottorff steps to the line Saturday at 1:15 p.m. The NCAA will broadcast the meet live. Follow the link above to view the live webcast. For live results, visit here.