Juliet Bottorff, Madeline Morgan and Bo Waggoner. Waggoner is the only runner in Duke cross country history to earn All-ACC honors four straight years.CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The 12th-ranked Duke women’s cross country team finished in third place at the ACC Championships on Saturday, Oct. 30, while the 14th-ranked Duke men grabbed a fifth-place finish. The Blue Devils had three runners earn All-ACC honors -
The Blue Devil women placed third overall in the ACC Championships behind Florida State, who has won five straight ACC titles, with Virginia coming in second. Duke sophomores Bottorff and Morgan grabbed All-ACC honors by placing in the top-14 runners, with Bottorff crossing the line in 13th (20:45.4) and Morgan in 14th (20:49.2).
“I am really proud of our sophomores, Juliet and Madeline, grabbing All-ACC honors because they ran a tough race with tough competition. It was a great honor for them,” women’s head coach Kevin Jermyn said.
Duke was only able to place four runners in the top-25 on the day with Carly Seymour taking 17th (20:53.6) and Mary Carleton Johnston finishing 25th (21:08.8). The remaining six runners for the Blue Devils led the charge for Duke to take third place with 99 points, one point ahead of host team Boston College (100). Emily Schwitzer picked up the last remaining points that Duke needed to grab third by finishing in 30th (21:18.9).
“We headed into the meet with high expectations and we tried a race strategy that didn’t work and we believe that we are top caliber team like Florida State,” Jermyn said. “We are disappointed that we didn’t finish where we wanted to but we are going to work hard the next couple of weeks to get ready for the Southeast Regional and the NCAA Championships.”
The Blue Devil men finished in fifth place overall and placed nine runners in the top-50 with Waggoner leading Duke in fifth place (23:43.9) and taking All-ACC honors for the fourth straight year. Duke had seven runners cross the line in the top-30 as Cory Nanni finished 18th (24:17.5), Josh Brewer 21st (24:20.5), Josh Lund 24th (24:28.1), Andrew Brodeur 25th(24:32.1), Ryan McDermott 27th (24:38.3) and Clint McKelvey 30th (24:44.4).
“We had a tough day and we are proud of the way Bo Waggoner ran today finishing in fifth and grabbing All-ACC honors,” men’s head coach Norm Ogilvie said. “We also had a good performance from Cory Nanni and Josh Brewer as well and I am proud of the way they ran today, but it was disappointing to lose by a point to UVa and to be 12 points from a second place finish, and we just didn’t finish like we wanted to. You have to give Floirda State credit because they ran a phenomenal race today as well. “
The Florida State men grabbed first place and swept the men’s and women’s races, with N.C. State and North Carolina finishing second and third, respectively. The Duke men came one point shy of a fourth place finish behind UVa.
The Duke cross country team will compete next in near-by Cary, N.C., for the N.C. State Classic on Nov. 6, with the NCAA Southeast Regional to follow in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 13.