DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s cross country team took the win at the Panorama Farms Invitational in Charlottesville, Va., on Friday to remain unbeaten while the women’s team grabbed the win at the Blue Ridge Mountain Open in Boone, N.C.
The ninth-ranked Blue Devil men won the Panorama Farms Invitational led by senior Bo Waggoner who finished second overall (23:51.66). Led by Waggoner, the Blue Devils had a strong showing from its upperclassmen. Andrew Brodeur, a junior, placed fifth overall (24:12.73) with fellow junior James Kostelnik grabbing sixth (24:15.65). Blue Devil seniors Ryan McDermott (24:22.88) and Cory Nanni (24:26.42) crossed the line in eighth and 10th place, respectively.
Duke seniors Josh Brewer and Josh Lund grabbed 14th and 15th place finishes, and picking up the few remaining points to seal the victory. On the day, the Blue Devils placed five runners in the top-10 and 10 out of 14 in the top-25. Duke is a perfect 30-0 this season and 4-0 in the ACC.
"We are delighted with our win over Virginia today on their home course,” men’s head coach Norm Ogilvie said. “Our guys competed all the way to the tape and beat who they needed to win as a team. Bo Waggoner ran an outstanding race to split up Virginia's top two runners, and our two juniors, Andrew Brodeur and James Kostelnik, ran with real courage to place fifth and sixth overall. Two other seniors, Ryan McDermott and Cory Nanni, ran career races to seal the win for Duke. We put five men in the overall top ten in an 8-team field. We are an undefeated 30-0 heading into the ACC meet."
The 10th-ranked Duke women’s team picked up the overall win at the Blue Ridge Mountain Open in Boone, N.C. The Blue Devils took the top three spots in the meet with junior Carly Seymour (17:15.0) grabbing the first-place finish. Duke sophomores Madeline Morgan (17:17.1) and Juliet Bottorff (17:20.9) placed second and third, respectively.
The Blue Devils had a total of eight runners finish in the top-25 with six of them finishing in the top-10. Mary Carleton Johnston (17:47.9) grabbed sixth place, and unattached runners Kayla Hale (17:51.7) and Esther Vermeer (17:55.1) rounded out the top-10 crossing the line in seventh and eighth, respectively. With the win, the Duke women move to 47-3 and 5-0 in the ACC on the year.
“We had our strongest up front presence in a cross country race than we have in many years and Carly and Juliet continue to lead us well up front,” women’s head coach Kevin Jermyn said. “Madeline stepped up with her best race ever and led most of the competition, and Mary Carleton has further established herself as a consistent low scorer for us. Kayla Hale showed tremendous improvement from earlier in the season and gained important confidence heading into ACC’s, while Esther Vermeer followed her victory at the Hagan Stone Cross Country Classic with another strong performance.”
The Blue Devil cross country team’s next competition will be at the ACC Championships in Chestnut Hill, Mass., on Saturday, Oct. 30, as the men will look to keep their 30-0 record intact and the women try to remain unbeaten against ACC opponents.