MADISON, Wisc. – In its last race before the ACC Cross Country Championship, the Duke women’s cross country team finished in 18th place at the 2018 Wisconsin Pre-Nationals race on Saturday morning on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.
The Blue Devils tallied 474 team points to earn an 18th-place finish in the in the seeded Cardinal Race which included 10 nationally ranked teams, while No. 7 Arkansas took home the top spot with 51 points.
“Today we learned a lot as a team and gained valuable experience,” said head coach Rhonda Riley. “We will continue to put in the training and will be ready for the championship portion of our season.”
For the second consecutive time this season, sophomore Michaela Reinhart led the way for Duke, posting a time of 21:11.9 to finish 47th overall. Fellow sophomore Amanda Beach was the next Blue Devil runner to cross, finishing with a time of 21:40.5.
The trio of Monica Hebner, Lindsay Billings and Liz Lansing rounded out the top five finishers for Duke. Hebner, a freshman, notched a time of 21:42.4, while Billings, a junior, recorded a time of 21:52.6. Lansing clocked a time of 21:57.8 to place fifth for the squad in her first 6K race of the season.
A trio of Duke runners also competed in the women’s unseeded Gray Race, with every Blue Devil recording a top-30 overall finish in the competition. Sarah Armstrong was the first runner to cross, recording a time of 22:06.6 to earn an 18th-place finish. Sheridan Wilbur, a senior, was right behind, finishing 24th overall with a time of 22:09.0. Freshman Clara Savchik rounded out Duke’s three competitors in the race, clocking a time of 22:14.7 to secure a 29th-place finish in the first 6K race of her career.
Following today’s competition, the Blue Devils will take the week off before turning their focus to the ACC Championships, which will take place on Oct. 26 in Boston, Mass.