DURHAM, N.C. - With the top seven finishers in the meet, the Duke women’s cross country team opened the season with two victories, beating both Wake Forest and NC Central 15-50 in dual meet scoring at the annual Bull City Classic held in Durham, N.C. The overall scoring for the meet saw Duke take a meet low 15 points, with Wake Forest in second with 52 and NC Central finishing with 85.
Inclement weather delayed the start of the race by more than an hour, but when the race started the Blue Devils showed no ill effects from the wait. In their first collegiate race, freshmen Amanda Beach and Michaela Reinhart paced the pack. The pair finished the four-kilometer course in first and second place with identical times of 13:47. Just behind the pair was junior co-captain Olivia Gwynn who ran a time of 13:56. Another freshman, Leigha Torino, clocked a time of 14:05 in her first race as a Blue Devil to finish in fourth. Coming in just one second behind Torino was junior Kim Hallowes to round out the top five and scoring for Duke.
Sophomore Sarah Armstrong (14:09) and junior Sheridan Wilbur (14:14) were the next two Duke finishers, coming in sixth and seventh places respectively. Sophomore Veronica Brtek came in 11th place with a time of 14:44 and Brittany Aveni rounded out the Duke runners with a time of 15:20 to finish in 14th.
Duke will return to competition at the Adidas XC Invitational in Cary, N.C. on Friday, Sept. 15.