DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s cross country team raced to a sixth place finish in the 41st running of the ACC Cross Country Championships Friday morning on the Franklin Park Cross Country Course in Boston.
The Blue Devils tallied 179 team points to earn their sixth-place finish, while defending champion NC State reclaimed their title with 67 points to finish first. Notre Dame placed second with 68 points, followed by Syracuse (83), Florida State (128) and Virginia Tech (161) to round out the top five teams.
“The ladies ran very composed and ran with a lot of heart,” said head coach Rhonda Riley. “Gabrielle (Richichi) and Kim (Hallowes) ran their best races of the season and it was great to see it come together for them. We continue to get better every race and look forward to regionals in two weeks where we can test ourselves in the Southeast region.”
For the third time this season, sophomore Michaela Reinhart led the way for the Blue Devils. Reinhart posted a solid performance, finishing with a time of 20:58.5 to place 20th overall and earn All-ACC honors for the second consecutive campaign. Not far behind was Gabrielle Richichi, who finished four spots behind at 24th overall with a season-best time of 21:05.0.
Senior Kim Hallowes placed third for the Blue Devils, marking her highest finish for Duke this season. Hallowes posted a time of 21:25.1 to finish 37th overall as part of her season-best performance Friday morning. In her first career ACC competition, freshman Monica Hebner also notched a top-50 overall finish with a time of 21:43.0 to place 48th in the 136-competitor field.
Senior Liz Lansing and sophomore Amanda Beach finished just outside of the top 50, placing 51st and 52nd, respectively. Lansing recorded a time of 21:46.0 as the fifth Blue Devil to cross to close out the scoring for Duke, while Beach finished right behind with a time of 21:46.1.
Junior Lindsay Billings and redshirt freshman Sara Platek were the next Blue Devils to cross, finishing 58th and 65th, respectively. Billings clocked a time of 21:57.7, with Platek finishing with a time of 21:58.4 in her second race of the season.
The Blue Devils will take the upcoming week off before returning to action on Nov. 9 at the Southeast Regionals in Rock Hill, S.C.