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Blue Devils Travel to Boston for ACC Championships
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/24/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s cross country team travels to Boston for the 41st running of the ACC Championships this weekend. The women’s six-kilometer contest is set for a 10 a.m. start Friday morning on the Franklin Park Cross Country Course.

The Blue Devils will field a 10-competitor lineup comprised of three freshmen, two sophomores, one junior and four seniors.

Leading the way for the Blue Devils is the sophomore tandem of Michaela Reinhart and Amanda Beach, who each earned all-conference honors at the ACC Championships a season ago, finishing 16th and 17th, respectively, as part of their personal-best performances. Reinhart has been Duke’s top competitor in each of her two races this fall, while Beach finished second for the Blue Devils at Pre-Nationals.

The freshmen trio of Clara Savchik, Monica Hebner and redshirt Sara Platek will each see their first career action in the ACC Championships, looking to continue their solid first-year campaigns. Savchik earned a top-30 overall finish in the unseeded Gray Race at Pre-Nationals, finishing 29th, while Hebner has finished third for the Blue Devils in both of her races this season. Platek looks to compete in the first 6K race of her collegiate career and second race of the fall, after posting a second-place finish for Duke at the Joe Piane Invitational a month ago.

Lindsay Billings will be Duke’s lone junior Friday morning, looking to improve on her performance at the ACC Championships a season ago. Billings has notched a top-five finish for the Blue Devils in each of her two races this fall, finishing fourth at both the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational and Pre-Nationals. 

The senior foursome of co-captain Liz Lansing, Gabrielle Richichi, Sheridan Wilbur and Kim Hallowes will round out the lineup for the Blue Devils. After redshirting last fall, Lansing and Richichi are set to compete in their first championship since 2016, where they were among Duke’s top-four finishers in the ACC Championships. Wilbur finished 24th overall in the Pre-Nationals unseeded Gray Race, while Hallowes notched a top-50 overall finish at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invite, finishing 48th overall.

The 15-team field will include five nationally ranked teams, with No. 12 and defending champion NC State headlining the field. Duke looks to improve upon their seventh-place finish from a year ago.

Live results of the competitions can be found on Flashresults.com, with live coverage streaming on ACC Network Extra. 

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