ORONO, Maine and EUGENE, Ore. - The Duke women’s cross country team won their second straight meet on Saturday in Orono, Maine, at the Murray Keatinge Invitational. The men’s cross country squad placed 12th out of 15 teams at the prestigious and highly competitive Bill Dellinger Invite in Eugene, Ore. The Mary Keatinge meet was hosted by the University of Maine and the Bill Dellinger Invitational was hosted by the University of Oregon.
For the women, junior Maddie McKeever raced for the first time this season and was the individual winner of the 5k race in Orono. She finished the course in 16:59.40, beating out Yale’s Lindsay Donaldson, who placed third at the NCAA championships in 2006, by 16 seconds. There were a total of 110 runners from nine different schools at the meet.
Sophomore captain Kate Van Buskirk placed fifth with a clocking of 17:37.20. Junior captain Patricia Loughlin, sophomore Emily Sherrard and freshman Christy Adamyk placed seventh, eight and ninth, respectively. Freshman Emily Schwitzer took 13th place, sophomore Shelley Forbes was 14th and sophomore Molly Lehman was 19th. Sophomore Katie Doswell and junior Jessica Davlin rounded out Duke’s finishes at 29th and 30th.
The team scored a total of 57 points, beating out second-place Yale by 69 points. Women’s cross country coach Kevin Jermyn’s record improved to a perfect 13-0 on the season.
On the men’s side in Eugene, senior captain Chris Spooner was the top finisher for the Blue Devils, taking 56th place with a time of 24:31. Matt Withrow of Wisconsin was the meet winner at 23:20. The meet featured 138 runners from 15 teams on the 8k course.
Junior Kevin McDermott was just behind Spooner in 62nd place with a 24:36 clocking. In 79th place was freshman Bo Waggoner with a time of 24:54. Finishing up Duke’s top seven were sophomore James Osborne in 84th place, freshman Cory Nanni in 88th place, freshman Joshua Lund in 95th place and freshman Ryan McDermott in 106th. Also running were sophomore Will Smith (120th), freshman Isaac Dunkelberger (128th) and freshman Andrew Palumbo (134th).
The men scored 330 points with a total time of 2:03.54 in finishing 12th. Host Oregon won the meet with 54 points. Head coach Norm Ogilvie’s record fell to 12-13 on the season.
The Blue Devils’ men’s and women’s teams will next compete on Sat., Oct. 6, when they send “B” teams to the Hagan Stone Classic in Greensboro, N.C.