CARY, N.C. -- Freshman Sophia Parvizi-Wayne, competing in just her second collegiate cross country race, garnered all-conference honors after placing 15th overall at this year’s ACC Cross Country Championships in Cary, N.C. Parvizi-Wayne paced the Blue Devils to an 11th-place team finish Friday morning. NC State claimed the team title after amassing 53 points, while Notre Dame (74) took second and Virginia Tech (153) placed third.
“It’s only my second cross country race in three years, so we didn’t really know what to expect,” Parvizi-Wayne said. “I’m pretty happy with how I ran. It wasn’t the exact result I wanted, but we ran as a team, and I’m really proud of everyone today. It was good.”
Parvizi-Wayne positioned herself toward the front of the field early in the race and never relinquished her position en route to posting a top-15 finish with a personal-best six-kilometer time of 20:28.2. Parvizi-Wayne crossed the 1,100-meter mark in 19th place before moving up three positions to 16th over the next 900 meters. The London, England, native was able to move up an additional spot over the final two kilometers to serve as the third freshman finisher in the contest. Parvizi-Wayne becomes the first Blue Devil freshman since 2009 to claim All-ACC honors, when former Duke standout Juliet Bottorff earned the accolade in her rookie campaign.
“Sophia ran with a lot of confidence and a lot of poise,” Riley said. “She’s a great athlete and she executes everything we talk about. We talked about finishing in the 20:30’s. We talked about, on any given day, she could be from fifth to 15th and she finished 15th. When you give her a goal in front of her, she’s going to attack it, and I’m really proud of her as a freshman.”
In addition to Parvizi-Wayne, freshman Lindsay Billings and sophomore Gabrielle Richichi also posted top-50 performances, placing 37th and 46th, respectively. Billings clocked a personal-best time of 21:05.9 for six kilometers, while Richichi also set a personal best, registering a time of 21:18.6.
Sophomore Liz Lansing and freshman Sarah Armstrong rounded out Duke’s top five, with Lansing placing 70th overall and Armstrong finishing 98th. Lansing posted a time of 21:40.9, her first sub-22 minute effort of the season. Armstrong set a personal-best mark of her own with a time of 22:19.9.
The Blue Devils resume competition next Saturday, traveling to Cary, N.C., for the Adidas Three Stripe Invitational.
Full results from today’s women’s competition are available at Flashresults.com.