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Blue Devil Men Primed for Hokie Open
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/31/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s cross country team will resume action this weekend, traveling to Blacksburg, Va., to compete in the Hokie Open. The race is slated for a 4:30 p.m. start with the racers covering a six-kilometer course.

The Blue Devils will field an 11-man lineup comprised of four freshmen, two sophomores, four juniors and one senior.

Duke’s four freshmen consist of Joe Cullen, Devin Connell, Will Dixon and Carter Dillon. Cullen and Connell will be competing in their third race of the fall after both seeing action in the Elon Opener and the Great American Cross Country Festival. Dixon and Dillon will each make their fourth appearances of the season, with their last race coming three weeks ago at the ECU Pirates Invite where Duke earned a first-place team victory.

Dillon looks to continue his impressive freshman campaign, after posting two consecutive top-10 overall finishes. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native eclipsed a personal-best in Greenville, running an 8K time of 24:58.5 to earn a ninth-place overall finish. His first top-10 overall finish came at the Great American Cross Country Festival, where he placed 10th with a time of 25:45.9 to help Duke to a first-place team finish and garner ACC Freshman of the Week honors.

Michael Ungvarsky and Nick Cox will serve as Duke’s sophomore duo in Blacksburg, with Cox making his season debut Friday afternoon. Ungvarsky will be looking to build on a solid outing at the Pirates Invite where he finished eighth overall with a personal-best time of 24:55.3, marking his first top-10 overall finish of the season.

Also competing Friday will be the junior foursome of Zachary Alhamra, Adamson Bryant, AJ Eckmann and Ethan Ready. Bryant is set to compete in his third race of the season, while Alhamra earns his second start of the fall. Eckmann and Ready each saw action in the ECU Pirates Invite, with Ready notching a personal-best time of 25:22.7 to finish 18th overall in the field.

Stephen Garrett will round out Duke’s 11-man squad in Blacksburg, with the senior looking continue his solid season. Garrett has earned a top-15 overall finish in each of his three races this season, highlighted by a fourth-place overall finish at the Great American Cross Country Festival. 

Duke enters the weekend with a 64-30 overall record, including a 7-8 mark against conference foes as the eighth-ranked team in the Southeast Region. The Hokie Open will take place on the Buford Meredith Cross Country Course—the home cross country course of Virginia Tech.