CARY, N.C. -- For the fifth consecutive season, the Duke men’s cross country team picked up the win at the Three Stripe Invitational, accumulating just 17 points to take the victory at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., Saturday morning. Hampton placed second in the contest with 41 points.
Five Blue Devils clocked personal-best five-kilometer times while competing Saturday, paced by junior Josiah Hanko, who posted a mark of 15:10.50. In a race that included a number of unattached participants, Hanko served as the competitions first collegiate finisher. With the result, Hanko garnered the seventh and final spot on this year’s Duke team that will travel to Friday’s NCAA Southeast Regional Championships in Charlottesville, Va.
Junior Kyle Francis, coming off a personal-best eight-kilometer effort one week earlier, saw another personal-record fall as he finished second for the Blue Devils and 14th overall among both attached and unattached competitors, with a time of 15:45.50. Duke’s third finisher, freshman Matt Wisner, finished with a time of 15:49.85, less than five seconds behind Francis, for 15th place.
A pair of freshman, AJ Eckmann and Adamson Bryant, rounded out Duke’s first five finishers, placing 21st and 24th, respectively, among the field of 42 competitors. Eckmann recorded a personal-best of 16:02.98, and Bryant covered the distance in a time of 16:13.24.
The Duke men’s cross country team returns to action next Friday, competing at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships. The men’s race is slated for a noon start.