BLACKSBURG, Va. – In extremely rough conditions, the Duke men’s cross country team competed in the Hokie Open Friday afternoon on the Buford Meredith Cross Country Course in Blacksburg, Va.
As the only team to score, the Blue Devils finished the competition with a perfect score of 15 team points to close out the race with seven of its 11 runners finishing in under 20 minutes.
“It was classic, raining cold cross country weather in November,” head coach Norm Ogilvie said. “We had 11 guys run, I think nine of them went down during the race. It was just mud and grossness all over. Our guys competed well, so we were happy with it. For this group, that concludes their cross country season. They’ll take off a week and then start training for indoor track on Monday, November 12th.”
Leading the way was freshman Carter Dillon, who earned his third consecutive top-10 overall finish, finishing as the top collegian with a time of 19.13.3. Dillon used an impressive late effort on the final stretch to edge out a Virginia Tech runner by just two-tenths of a second to earn the top spot for the Blue Devils.
Michael Ungvarsky was the second Blue Devil to cross, posting a time of 19:20.3 to notch his second straight top-10 overall finish of the fall. Right behind Ungvarsky, was junior Zachary Alhamra, who turned in the best race of his career. Alhamra finished as the third man for the Blue Devils, recording a time of 19:26.5 to place ninth overall in the field.
The duo of Will Dixon and Stephen Garrett rounded out the scoring for Duke, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Dixon clocked a time of 19:45.0 to finish 12th overall, while Garrett finished two spots behind at 14th overall with a time of 19:49.1.
In his first collegiate race, sophomore Nick Cox, posted a solid outing for the Duke squad, finishing 15th overall as the sixth-man for the Blue Devils with a time of 19:57.1. The freshman duo of Devin Connell and Joe Cullen were the next Blue Devils to finish, placing 16th and 17th, respectively. Connell recorded a time of 19:58.2, with Cullen finishing right behind with a time of 20:01.6.
The trio of Ethan Ready, Adamson Bryant, and AJ Eckmann were the final Blue Devils to cross. Ready finished with a time of 20:05.9, with Bryant posting a time of 20:23.1. Eckmann closed out the competition for Duke, clocking a time of 20:35.6.
The Hokie Open concludes the cross country season for each of Duke’s competitors on Friday. The remaining half of the Blue Devils men’s squad will return to action next weekend, traveling to Rock Hill, S.C., to take part in the NCAA Southeast Regionals, which will take place on Friday, Nov. 9.