MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Duke men’s cross country team won their first meet of the season on Saturday morning as the Blue Devils captured a narrow three-point win at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in the 33rd Roy Griak Invitational.
Duke finished first in a highly competitive 15-team field which included six teams ranked in the top 15 of their respective regions. The 13th-ranked Blue Devils (Southeast) closed out the competition with 74 team points to earn their first win in the annual race since 2010. The host team, No. 3 Minnesota (Mountain West), finished just three points behind with 77 points to place second behind Duke, while No. 10 Harvard (Northeast) finished in third with a team total of 89 points.
“It’s a really big win for our program,” said head coach Norm Ogilvie. “I was very impressed with the way we attacked from the beginning. The guys ran super well. There was great running up front for us early, which really helped.”
For the second consecutive meet, sophomore Paul Dellinger led the way for the Blue Devils, turning in a time of 24:47.3 to place eighth overall. Right behind Dellinger was senior Nikhil Pulimood, who also notched a top-10 finish, coming in at ninth overall with a time of 24:50.7. Junior Cole Hoff finished just outside the top 10 in 11th place, posting a time of 24:57.3.
The duo of sophomore CJ Ambrosio and transfer Charles Cooper rounded out Duke’s top five finishers. Ambrosio secured a top-20 overall finish with a time of 25:08.0 to place 19th, while Cooper recorded a time of 25:18.9 to rank 27th overall.
Sophomore Josh Romine eclipsed a personal-best time by just two-tenths of a second, finishing with a time of 25:20.3 to place 29th in the 152-man field, while Duke’s lone freshman in the race, Chris Theodore, finished 31st with a time of 25:25.2.
The trio of Alex Miley, Tom Sullivan and Michael Ungvarsky were the final three Blue Devils to cross with Miley notching a time of 25:27.2, Sullivan posting a time of 25:36.4, and Ungvarsky recording a time of 25:42.0 to close out the first-place squad.
With today’s results, Duke adds 14 wins to its total, moving its overall record to 19-1 through the first two races of the fall campaign. The Blue Devils will return to action next week, traveling just down the road to Cary, N.C., to take part in the Great American Cross Country Festival on Oct. 6.