DURHAM, N.C. – After a three-week break in action, the Duke men’s cross country team returns to competition on Saturday afternoon, traveling to Minneapolis, Minn., to compete in the 33rd Roy Griak Invitational. The race is set for an 11:10 a.m., start with the racers covering an eight-kilometer course.
In their second race of the fall season, the Blue Devils will field a 10-man lineup on Saturday comprised of one freshman, six sophomores, two juniors and one senior.
Chris Theodore will be Duke’s lone freshman competitor, looking to build upon his 12th-place overall finish in the Elon Opener, where he made his collegiate debut. The Blue Devils’ sophomore class will try to continue their stellar collegiate careers this weekend after collectively posting solid outings in the season-opening meet to help Duke to a second-place finish, just two points shy of Campbell—the top-ranked squad in the Southeast region and the No. 12 team nationally.
The sophomore foursome of Paul Dellinger (18:50), Michael Ungvarsky (18:58), CJ Ambrosio (18:59) and Josh Romine (19:01) opened the season with top-10 overall finishes, placing fifth, seventh, eighth and 10th, respectively, to help the Blue Devils secure an impressive five-man spread of just 11 seconds. Alex Miley was not far behind, finishing just outside the top 10 in 11th place with a time of 19:02, while Charles Cooper finished 17th in the race.
Also set to compete this weekend will be the junior duo of Tom Sullivan and Cole Hoff, who both earned top-20 finishes in the season-opening meet. Duke’s most experienced runner, senior Nikhil Pulimood, will round out the Blue Devil lineup, looking to improve on his performance at the Roy Griak a season ago—where he was the top runner for the Blue Devils with a time of 25:50 despite extremely warm conditions.
Duke enters the weekend with a 5-1 overall record, and will be one of 15 teams competing in the Roy Griak Invitational, which includes six teams ranked in the top 15 of their respective regions—No. 10 Harvard (Northeast), No. 3 Minnesota (Mountain West), No. 12 Montana State (Mountain), No. 12 South Dakota State (Mountain West) and No. 6 Navy (Mid-Atlantic). The Blue Devils are ranked 13th in the Southeast Region, and look to capture their first win at the Roy Griak Invitational since 2010. Most recently, Duke earned a seventh-place team finish in the competition a season ago.