DURHAM, N.C. -- Six members of the Duke men’s cross country team head to the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., Saturday morning to compete in the Three Stripe Invitational. The Blue Devils won the event the past four seasons, including last year, when the team amassed just 15 points after claiming the top seven spots in the contest. The men’s five-kilometer race is slated for an 11 a.m. start.
Francis returns to the Three Stripe Invitational after recording a ninth-place finish a year ago. The Bensalem, Pa., native is coming off a personal-best eight-kilometer performance of 26:01.1, run at the ACC Cross Country Championships one week earlier.
Hanko, a product of Montville, N.J., is scheduled to take the start line for the fifth time this fall and his fourth consecutive competition. Hanko served as Duke’s fifth finisher at the VertCross Invitational Oct. 14, the highest placing among his Duke counterparts this season.
Wisner and Eckmann both return to action after last competing at the VertCross Invitational, where each set personal-best eight-kilometer times. Eckmann also represented the Blue Devils at the Duke Alumni Meet and the Roy Griak Invitational earlier this year, while Wisner participated in the Duke Alumni Meet, the Sycamore Invitational and the Roy Griak Invitational, in addition to the VertCross Invitational.
Bryant rounds out the trio of rookies racing Saturday and was one of three freshmen to compete at the ACC Championships for the Blue Devils last weekend, where he posted a personal-best eight-kilometer time while covering the distance at the WakeMed Soccer Park. The Sammamish, Wash., native is slated to compete in his third straight race for Duke.
Filipczak is scheduled to compete in the first cross country competition of his collegiate career. A middle distance specialist on the track, Filipczak owns the indoor 800 school record and is a member of the fastest indoor and outdoor 4x800 in program history.
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