LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Duke men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the 2010 NCAA Southeast Regional on Saturday in Louisville, Ky. The men finished second overall and the women grabbed third. With a second-place finish, the men received the first automatic bid into the NCAA Championships in school history.
The 23rd-ranked men finished in second place at the Southeast Regional with a score of 116 points behind first-place William & Mary, who picked up their third straight Southeast Regional title. Duke was led by Kostelnik who crossed the line in 19th-place with a time of 30:59.2. Teammates Nanni, Waggoner and Brodeur were close behind finishing in 21st, 23rd and 24th places, respectively.
Josh Brewer rounded out the top-30 finishers for the Blue Devils, grabbing 29th (31:27.3), while teammate Josh Lund finished close behind in 33rd (31:34.2) with Ryan McDermott rounding out the day for Duke in 43rd (31:55.7). On the day the Blue Devils placed all of their runners in the top-50.
"The Duke men ran a superb team race in Louisville to defeat all of our ACC rivals in the nation's deepest region. Six teams should get NCAA bids from our region, but it's great to know Duke has an automatic bid, the first in program history,” men’s head coach Norm Ogilvie said. “The four All-Southeast Region honorees tie an all-time program record. James Kostelnik went from being Duke's number eight runner at the ACC Championships to a top man today. This is the first time he has ever been a top man for us. He chose a great day to run the best race of his career."
The Duke men improved to 70-5 and 17-4 in the ACC on the season.
The 17th-ranked women finished third at the Southeast Regional behind conference rivals Virginia and North Carolina. Duke was led by standouts Juliet Bottorff and Carly Seymour. Bottorff finished fifth overall (20:19.2), while Seymour crossed the line in 12th (20:31.3). The Duke women placed four runners in the top-25, with Mary Carleton Johnston and Madeline Morgan taking 22nd and 27th.
Sophia Ziemian picked up the remaining points, finishing in 56th to give the Blue Devils a third place finish. Senior Emily Schwitzer and Esther Vermeer rounded out the runners for Duke on the day, finishing in 58th and 70th. The Blue Devils should receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships with the third-place finish.
“We had great performances today from Juliet, Carly and Mary and I’m proud of them for earning All-Region honors” women’s head coach Kevin Jermyn said. “This was Juliet’s best race in her career at Duke. We finished third and ran well as a team and we are excited for our second straight appearance in the NCAA Championships.”
The Blue Devil women improved to 92-7 and 19-4 in the ACC on the season.
Duke will next compete in the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., on Nov. 22. The women’s 6K race is set for 12:08 p.m. (EST) and the men will toe the line for the 10K race at 12:48 p.m. (EST).