DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke women’s cross country team sends a six-competitor contingent to Earlysville, Va., Friday for the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships. The six-kilometer contest is slated for an 11 a.m. start.
Freshman Sophia Parvizi-Wayne, scheduled to compete in her third meet of the season, looks to build off a strong performance at the ACC Championships, where the London, England, native registered a 15th-place finish to earn all-conference honors. Parvizi-Wayne posted a personal-best six-kilometer time of 20:28.2 in the competition.
Lindsay Billings, a freshman product of Johns Creek, Ga., also looks to continue a strong rookie campaign. Billings finished as Duke’s top performer in two of her five appearances this year and placed among the first three Blue Devils in four competitions. Billings most recently set a personal best six-kilometer time of 21:05.9 at the ACC Championships.
Sophomores Gabrielle Richichi and Sheridan Wilbur return to the regional championships after each competed at the 2015 edition of the competition. Richichi has provided a spark for Duke throughout 2016, pacing the squad to a first-place showing at the VertCross Invitational after placing fourth overall in the contest. Wilbur posted a sixth-place finish in the same competition and has served as a stalwart member of Duke’s top three this season.
Sophomore Liz Lansing and freshman Sarah Armstrong round out Duke’s squad making the trip to Earlysville. Friday’s competition marks the first regional championship for both Lansing and Armstrong. Lansing has placed among Duke’s top-seven finishers in each of her previous five appearances this fall, while Armstrong registered a personal-best effort in her last competition, crossing the finish at the conference meet in a six-kilometer time of 22:19.9. Armstrong is slated to take the start for the fifth time this year.
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