DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete for a shot to grab the 2010 NCAA Cross Country Championship on Monday, Nov. 22, when they head to Terre Haute, Ind., for the NCAA Championships at the La Vern Gibson Championship course for the second straight year.
The women will toe the line first for the 6K race at 12:08 p.m. (EST), and the men’s 10K race will start at 12:48 p.m. (EST).
The 20th-ranked Duke men received the program’s first automatic berth to the NCAA Championships after they placed second at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Nov. 13. James Kostelnik led the charge for the men in the Regional with a 19th-place finish, with teammates Cory Nanni, Bo Waggoner, and Andrew Brodeur finishing close behind in 21st, 23rd and 24th places, respectively.
In 2009, the Blue Devils finished tied for 28th at the NCAA Championships. This will be the Blue Devils 11th time competing with their best performance coming in 1974 when they finished in 11th place. Josh Brewer took the overall team title for Duke in 2009 by finishing in 112th place.
The 21st-ranked Blue Devil women will join the men at the NCAA Championships for the second straight season after receiving an at-large bid. The women were one of 13 teams to receive an at-large bid as a total of 31 teams and 255 runners will compete in this year’s NCAA Championships.
In 2009, the Duke women finished in eighth-place led by Carly Seymour who finished 29th and garnered All-America honors for the first time of her career. Seymour was the first Blue Devil to receive the honor since Maddie McKeever in 2007.
A live webcast of the NCAA Championships will be available from noon to 1:30 p.m. (EST), Monday, Nov. 22, on NCAA.com, or by clicking on Live Video at the top of the page.