DURHAM, N.C. – The nationally ranked Duke men’s and women’s cross country teams are headed to Boston, Mass., on Saturday Oct. 30. to compete in the 2010 ACC Cross Country Championships. This year’s ACC Championships are being hosted by Boston College, and will take place at the Franklin Park Cross Country Course.
The women’s 6K race will start at 10 a.m., followed by the men’s 8K competition at 11 a.m.
The 14th-ranked Duke men will face their toughest competition this season with four other nationally ranked ACC opponents, the only conference with five teams in the top-30 nationally. Florida State is ranked the highest of the ACC men’s team at No. 8, NC State is 16th, Virginia 19th and North Carolina 25th.
In 2009, the Blue Devil men finished in fourth-place overall, just two points shy of reaching the podium. N.C. State grabbed the overall team win with UVa finishing second and FSU third. Duke’s Bo Waggoner led the Blue Devil men finishing in sixth place, with teammate Cory Nanni crossing the line in 14th.
On the year the Duke men are a perfect 30-0 and 4-0 in the ACC. The Blue Devils are led by experience with six out of their ten runners being juniors and seniors. As a team, the Blue Devils have defeated seven nationally ranked teams this season, including UVa at the Panorama Farms Invitational two weeks ago and N.C. State at the Roy Griak Invitational.
The 12th-ranked Blue Devil women are competing against five other nationally ranked ACC teams including host school Boston College, who sits in 25th. The FSU women are the highest ranked women’s team in the ACC at No. 3, UNC is 17th, UVa 24th and N.C. State rounds out the ranked competition at 28th.
The Blue Devil women grabbed a second place finish at the ACC Championships in 2009 behind FSU, with Virginia grabbing third. Duke was led by a fifth place finish from Carly Seymour, while teammate Juliet Bottorff came in tenth. The Blue Devils will look to capitalize on veteran leadership from Seymour and Bottorff, along with four other juniors and seniors.
“We are excited for this time of year because this is what we have prepared for all season, the ACC and NCAA Championships,” women’s head coach Kevin Jermyn said. “Our girls are in really good health and think we are stronger as team from a year ago, and I’m just excited to see the improvements we’ve made and to see how we stack up against ACC competition.”
The Duke women are 47-3 on the year and 5-0 in the ACC on the season. The Blue Devils have defeated six nationally ranked teams this year, including N.C. State and Boston College.
The 2010 ACC Championships will be available for viewing in the on-demand content following the completion of the men’s and women’s competitions at the following link, http://www.theacc.com/allaccess/, under the cross country section.