MADISON, Wisc. – In a highly competitive field, the Duke men’s cross country team finished in 23rd place at Pre-Nationals on Saturday morning on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course.
Duke closed out the competition 624 team points to earn a 23rd-place finish in the 35-team competition which included 10 nationally ranked teams, while the top-ranked Northern Arizona squad secured the first-place victory with 41 points.
“We’re disappointed in our finish, but we’ll bounce back,” said head coach Norm Ogilvie. “We’ll get back to work this week, and we’re excited to show what we can do at ACC’s. We’re excited about adding some members from yesterday’s very successful team at Greenville to the ACC squad.”
For the third time this season, senior captain Nikhil Pulimood was among Duke’s top two finishers, this time leading the way for the Blue Devils with an 8K time of 24:39.4 to place 54th overall. Sophomore CJ Ambrosio was the next Duke runner to cross, posting a time of 24:57.8 to rank 89th overall in the field.
The trio of Josh Romine, Cole Hoff and Paul Dellinger rounded out Duke’s top five competitors. Romine, a sophomore, clocked a time of 25:18.8, while Hoff, a junior, recorded a time of 25:48.9. Dellinger placed fifth for the squad, finishing with a time of 25:52.2 in the competition.
Following today’s results, Duke adds 12 wins to its season total to move its overall record to 57-23, including a 0-1 mark in ACC competiton, through five races in the fall campaign. The Blue Devil men will take the upcoming week off, before traveling to Boston, Mass., for the ACC Championships on Oct. 26.