The men's 8K race will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the women's 6K race at 11 a.m.
The Blue Devil men will compete against three nationally-ranked ACC teams, including No. 18 Florida State, No. 19 NC State and No. 30 North Carolina. Duke is listed eighth in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's most recent Southeast Regional rankings, behind top-ranked NC State, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 6 Virginia Tech and No. 7 Virginia.
Duke recorded a fifth-place finish at last year's ACC Championships, with 2011 graduate Bo Waggoner earning All-ACC honors to become the only runner in Duke cross country history to win all-conference accolades all four years. As a team, the Blue Devils placed nine runners in the top 50, led by Waggoner in fifth place at 23:43.9. Cory Nanni took 18th place in 24:17.5, followed by senior Josh Brewer in 21st (24:20.5) and Josh Lund in 24th (24:28.1).
In their last competition, the Blue Devils took second at the Panorama Farms Invitational on Oct. 14. Junior Domenick DeMatteo paced the team in that race, finishing seventh in a personal-best 24:43.19 on the 8K course. Duke now owns a record of 30-10 overall and 1-2 in ACC action heading into Saturday's race. At the ACC Championships, DeMatteo will be joined by seniors Brewer, Andrew Brodeur, Stephen Clark and Brendon Pierson, junior Dominick Robinson, sophomores Brian Atkinson and Christian Britto and freshmen Morgan Pearson and Shaun Thompson.
The Duke women will face their toughest competition of the season with five nationally-ranked ACC opponents set to challenge the Blue Devils for the team title. Florida State is ranked the highest of the ACC women's programs as the Seminoles moved up to the top spot in the latest national poll. Meanwhile, Virginia is ranked 17th, followed by NC State at No. 21, North Carolina at No. 22 and Boston College at No. 24. Duke is currently listed fourth in the Southeast Regional rankings behind Virginia, NC State and North Carolina.
In 2010, the Blue Devil women finished in third place overall behind All-ACC performers Juliet Bottorff and Madeline Morgan. Florida State took home the team title for the fifth consecutive year, while Virginia came in second. Individually, Bottorff placed 13th overall with a time of 20:45.4 and Morgan finished right behind her in 14th at 20:49.2.
Duke enters the ACC Championships with an overall record of 68-13 after turning in a fourth-place performance in its last outing at the Penn State National Invitational on Oct. 14. Head coach Kevin Jermyn will look for the team's seniors - Suejin Ahn, Amanda Truelove and Esther Vermeer, as well as junior Morgan, to provide leadership and experience. Junior Ashley Brasovan, sophomore Gabby Levac and freshmen Chloe Maleski, Julianna Miller, Lindsey Olivere and Colleen Schmidt will round out the lineup for Duke on Saturday.
For more information about the 2011 ACC Cross Country Championships, visit the conference's championships website at http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-acc-cross-country-championship.html.