DURHAM, N.C. -- Seven members of the Duke men’s cross country team are slated to take the start for the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship Friday in Earlysville, Va., with the men’s 10-kilometer race set for a noon start.
Sophomore Stephen Garrett returns to action after pacing the Blue Devils at the ACC Cross Country Championships Oct. 28. The Wilmington, Del., native posted a 35th-place finish and registered a personal-best eight-kilometer time of 24:15.3 at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Garrett is slated to make the second NCAA Southeast Regional appearance of his college career after posting a personal-best 10-kilometer time of 31:02.3 last season.
Nikhil Pulimood, a sophomore hailing from Princeton, N.J., also returns to the regional championships for the second time in his college career after recording a personal-best 10-kilometer time of 31:18.0 last season. Pulimood has positioned himself as one of the top Blue Devil finishers in each of his previous four appearances this season, most recently serving as Duke’s second finisher at the conference championships.
Juniors Jordan Burton and Josiah Hanko are also slated to participate in Friday’s meet, with Burton taking the start of the NCAA Southeast Regional for the second consecutive year and Hanko making his regional championship debut. Burton has continually moved up Duke’s lineup throughout the season, crossing the line as the fourth Blue Devil finisher at the ACC Championships. Hanko is coming off a personal-best performance at the Three Stripe Invitational, where he helped guide Duke to a first-place finish with a five-kilometer time of 15:10.50.
Duke also sends a freshman duo to the regional championships, Cole Hoff and Tom Sullivan. Hoff and Sullivan are each scheduled to compete for the sixth time this season, with both recording personal-best eight-kilometer efforts at the ACC Championships two weeks earlier.
Senior Brian Benesch rounds out Duke’s seven-man contingent, taking the start for his first regional championship. The Oceanside, N.Y., native looks to carry over the momentum from a personal-best eight-kilometer performance at the ACC Championships two weeks earlier.
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