DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s cross country team raced to an eighth place team finish at the ACC Cross Country Championships Friday morning on the Franklin Park Cross Country Course in Boston.
The Blue Devils accumulated 205 team points to earn their eighth-place finish, while Notre Dame took the top spot with 57 team points. Syracuse finished in second place with 61 points, followed by NC State (85), Virginia (128) and Wake Forest (154) to round out the top five squads.
“Our guys competed really well,” head coach Norm Ogilvie said. “It was a challenging course in many aspects with a hill that you’ve got to run a couple of times and uneven footing, but our guys ran our season’s best team five-man average for an 8K. I’m really happy with Alex Miley leading our team with a really good effort up front, finishing 23rd as a sophomore is a really good place to be. Our guys definitely put their best effort of the season together today at a really important time. We’re going into the Southeast Regional meet in two weeks with a good amount of confidence.”
The Blue Devils’ top seven finishers all finished in under 25 minutes to eclipse a season’s best five-man average of 24:37.46 on Friday morning. Leading the way in his second consecutive race was sophomore Alex Miley at 23rd overall, finishing just two spots shy of earning all-conference honors. Miley paced the Duke squad with a season-best time of 24:19.7.
Coming in next for Duke was the duo of senior Nikhil Pulimood and sophomore CJ Ambrosio. Pulimood earned his fourth top-two finish for the Blue Devils this season, posting a time of 24:33.3 to place 38th overall, while Ambrosio finished three seconds behind with a time of 24:36.5 to place 43rd overall.
Duke’s top five finishers were rounded out by Josh Romine and Charles Cooper to close out the scoring for the Blue Devils. Romine notched a personal best with a time of 24:48.3 to finish 53rd overall, shattering his previous best by 30 seconds. Cooper finished just two spots behind in 55th, clocking a time of 24:49.5 in his season-best performance.
Also finishing in under 25 minutes were Cole Hoff and Tom Sullivan, who finished 60th and 61st, respectively. Hoff recorded a time of 24:53.8, with Sullivan coming in a second behind with a time of 24:53.8.
The trio of Matt Wisner, Chris Theodore and Paul Dellinger were the final Blue Devils to cross. Wisner finished with a time 25:10.8, while Theodore posted a time of 25:18.8 in his first ACC competition. Dellinger closed out Duke’s 10-man squad, clocking a time 25:20.5 to conclude the race.
With today’s results, Duke adds seven wins to its total to move its overall record to 64-30, including a 7-8 mark in ACC competition this season. The Blue Devils will return to action next weekend, traveling to Blacksburg, Va., to take part in the Hokie Open on Friday, Nov. 2.