DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke men’s cross country team fields a squad of six runners to compete in the Three Stripe Invitational in Cary, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 9. The Blue Devils captured the team title at last season’s Three Stripe Invitational, placing all seven runners in the top-12 finishers. Duke sophomore William Rooney crossed the line as the first scoring competitor last year, covering the 5,000-meter WakeMed Soccer Complex cross country course in a time of 15:21.
Sophomore Blake Udland and freshman Stephen Shine, Duke’s eighth and ninth-place finishers at the ACC meet last weekend, once again toe the line Saturday. Udland enters his sixth race of the season, with his best performance of 2013 coming at the Royal Cross Country Challenge Oct. 11, where the Short Hills, N.J., native placed second overall in a time of 25:10.3. Shine, also appearing in his sixth meet, saw similar success at the Royal Cross Country Challenge. A product of Briarcliff, N.Y., Shine placed third at the competition, finishing in a time of 25:10.5.
Junior Nate McClafferty takes the starting line Saturday for the third time this season, following a 33rd-place finish at the Furman XC Classic Sept. 14 and a fifth-place finish at the Royal Cross Country Challenge. McClafferty finished in times of 25:04.00 and 25:12.5 at each of the competitions. At last year’s Three Stripe Invitational, McClafferty crossed the line as the 10th scoring finisher, clocking a time of 16:05.
Sophomore Eddie Merenda, competing in the Three Stripe Invitational for the second consecutive year, participated in one meet this season. Merenda finished 15th overall at the Royal Cross Country Challenge. In last year’s Three Stripe Invitational, Merenda placed fourth for Duke in a time of 15:39.
The freshman pair of Aaron Liberatore and Weston Carvalho competes at 5,000m for the first time this season. Liberatore currently holds a personal record of 15:19 at the distance, while Carvalho has run 15:56 for 5,000m. Liberatore’s highest finish this season took place at the Royal Cross Country Challenge, where the Lincroft, N.J., native placed 10th overall. Carvalho ran well at the same competition, finishing just one position behind Liberatore in a time of 25:54.9.
The men’s race is slated for an 11 a.m. start.