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Women Celebrate Season with End of the Year Banquet
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/10/2010
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s cross country team held its annual end of the year banquet at the Thomas Center on Thursday, Dec. 9. Standout runners Juliet Bottorff and Carly Seymour were selected as team Most Valuable Players for the 2010-11 season and Gabby Levac got the nod as Freshman MVP.

Bottorff received MVP honors for being the top finisher at the Roy Griak Invitational, ACC Championships and NCAA Southeast Regional. She also earned All-ACC and All-Southeast Region honors for the second year in a row. Seymour was tabbed with MVP for winning the Wake Forest Dual and Blue Ridge Open, and being the top finisher for the Blue Devils at the NCAA Championships.

Levac was honored the with Freshman MVP award for setting personal bests in the 4K (14:12), which earned her a second place finish at the William and Mary Challenge , and setting a new personal record at the Hagan Stone Cross Country Classic in the 5K (18:09).

Bottorff and Seymour were joined by Mary Carleton Johnston in receiving All-Southeast Region honors when Duke finished third at the NCAA Southeast Regional that led to an at-large bid for the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Bottorff was joined by Madeline Morgan who garnered her first All-ACC honor when the Blue Devils finished third at the ACC Championships.

The most improved player awards were given to Devotia Moore and Madeline Morgan. Moore was selected for dropping 45 seconds off her 5K personal record time from 18:59 to 18:14. Morgan grabbed the honor for improving her personal best in the 6K at the ACC Championships with a finish time of 20:49, which earned her All-ACC honors.

Duke finished the season with a 17th-place finish at the NCAA Championships and was ranked as high as No. 6 in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll this season. The Blue Devils ended the season with a record of 106-23-1 and 22-6 in the ACC.

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