MADISON, Wis. – Duke’s 17th-ranked women’s cross country team traveled to Madison, Wis., Saturday to compete in the fifth running of the Wisconsin Invitational. The Blue Devils scored 619 points en route to a 25th-place finish. The invitational showcased a highly competitive field, with over half of the nation’s top-30 teams competing.
After two wins in as many races this season, graduate student Juliet Bottorff once again led the Blue Devils. Bottorff finished 11th in her first 6,000-meter competition of the season, and ran a time of 20:03, just eight seconds off her personal-best time from last year.
Sophomore Anima Banks placed second for the Blue Devils and 113th overall, running a time of 21:11. The Mamaroeneck, N.Y., native competed in a 6,000m race for the first time in her collegiate career.
The freshmen duo of Haley Meier and Hannah Meier finished 125th and 175th, respectively. The Meier twins both competed in the first 6,000m race of their collegiate careers. Haley finished in a time of 21:16 while Hannah, returning from an illness that kept her out of the Notre Dame Invitational Oct. 4, returned with a 21:42 performance.
Sophomore Madison Granger, junior Julianna Miller and senior Ashley Berry rounded out the top seven on Saturday. Granger, participating in her third meet of the season, ran a 22:05 for 232nd place. Miller followed an 18:03.5 performance at Notre Dame Oct. 4 with a time of 23:02 for 6,000m and a 276th place finish. Averaging 6:24 per mile, Berry placed 287th with a time of 23:49.
In the Wisconsin Invitational “B” race, junor Colleen Schmidt placed 20th, with a 6,000m time of 21:59. Graduate Student Sophia Ziemian also competed in the “B” race and recorded a time of 22:24, placing the Lewisburg, Pa., native 35th.
The Blue Devils concluded regular season competition in Wisconsin and rest before beginning postseason competition at the ACC Championship in Kernersville, N.C., Nov. 1.