EARLYSVILLE, Va. -- The Duke men’s cross country team participated in its final competition of the 2016 campaign Friday, placing 15th at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships in Earlysville, Va.
For the second time this season, sophomore Stephen Garrett led Duke’s efforts, placing 40th overall in a personal-best 10-kilometer time of 30:25.4. Garrett improved on his previous best of 31:02.3, run at last year’s regional championship.
Garrett positioned himself among the top 40 early in the competition, crossing the two-kilometer marker in 36th, before hitting the eight-kilometer marker in 40th. Garrett would maintain his position over the final two kilometers to improve on his 55th-place showing from last year’s regional contest.
Similar to Garrett, sophomore Nikhil Pulimood also saw a higher finish than last season’s NCAA Southeast Regional Championship, as the Princeton, N.J., native placed 50th overall in a personal-best time of 30:39.6. During the 2015 edition of the contest, Pulimood finished 66th as a freshman.
Freshman Cole Hoff and senior Brian Benesch rounded out Duke’s participants, as Hoff placed 111th and Benesch finished 154th. Hoff dipped under 32-minutes for 10 kilometers, stopping the clock at 31:52.8, while Benesch finished in a time of 32:45.9.
For full results from the competition, visit here.