DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s cross country team travels to Boston this weekend for the 41st running of the ACC Championships Friday morning. The men’s eight-kilometer race is set to take place on the Franklin Park Cross Country Course, beginning at 11 a.m., with live coverage of the event on ACC Network Extra.
Duke will field a 10-competitor lineup in Boston, combining its seven-man squad from Pre-Nationals with the top-three finishers from the ECU Pirates Invite.
The Blue Devil lineup is headlined by the duo of senior captain Nikhil Pulimood and sophomore Paul Dellinger, who have led the way for the Blue Devils all season. Pulimood has been among Duke’s top two finishers in each of his three races this fall, notching top-10 overall finishes in two of those competitions. Dellinger has also enjoyed a pair of top-10 overall finishes during the fall, earning a first-place finish for Duke in two of his three meets.
Also competing Friday will be Cole Hoff and Josh Romine, who look to improve on their performances from a year ago. The trio of CJ Ambrosio, Chris Theodore and transfer Charles Cooper will see their first career action in the ACC Championship, with Theodore serving as Duke’s lone freshman competitor. Ambrosio has been among the Blue Devils’ top-five finishers in each of his three races this season, including fourth-place finishes at both the Elon Opener and Roy Griak Invitational.
Alex Miley, Tom Sullivan and Matt Wisner will round out Duke’s squad this weekend, looking to build upon their performances from the ECU Pirates Invite as they helped Duke earn a first-place team finish. Miley earned a third-place overall finish, while both Sullivan and Wisner eclipsed personal-best times in Greenville, finishing fourth and seventh, respectively.
Friday’s field will highly competitive, as there will be three nationally ranked squads, including No. 10 and defending champion Syracuse.
Duke enters the weekend with a 57-23 overall record, including a 0-1 mark against ACC opponents. Most recently, head coach Norm Ogilvie surpassed 1,500 career wins, and sits at 1,515 wins in the midst of his 28th season at the helm of the Blue Devil cross country program.