ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Duke men’s cross country battled through rough and rainy conditions, racing to a 13th place finish in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships Friday at the Wake Farm in Rock Hill, S.C.
The Blue Devils closed out the competition with 356 team points, while NC State took the top spot with 83 team points. Eastern Kentucky finished in second place with 90 points, followed by Virginia (102), Furman (116) and Wake Forest (177) to round out the top five teams.
“We had a rough one today,” head coach Norm Ogilvie said. “It’s a tough way to end the season. For the second week in a row, we had really muddy conditions. We wore long spikes and did everything we could to counteract that, but it just happens sometimes. We just have to bounce back from this and get better.”
Sophomores led the way for the Blue Devils Friday afternoon, with the trio of Josh Romine, CJ Ambrosio, and Alex Miley finishing first, second and third, respectively. Romine earned his first first-place finish for Duke this season, posting a time of 31:13.7 to finish 47th overall. Not far behind was Ambrosio, who clocked a time of 31:22.3 to finish 55th, marking his fifth-consecutive top-five finish for the Blue Devils this season. Miley recorded a time of 31:46.5 to place 71st overall, finishing in the top-third of the 232-competitor field.
Tom Sullivan and Nikhil Pulimood rounded out Duke’s top-five finishers, finishing 86th and 99th, respectively. Sullivan posted a time of 32:00.1 to finish fourth, while Pulimood battled back to clock a time of 32:09 after going down early in the race, closing out the scoring for the Blue Devils in the final cross country race of his Duke career.
The duo of Cole Hoff and Charles Cooper were the final Blue Devils to cross. Hoff finished with a time of 32:20.6, with Cooper recording a time of 32:46.9 to close out the competition for the Blue Devils.
With today’s results, Duke adds 20 wins to its season total, improving its overall record to 85-42, including an 8-14 mark against ACC opponents. The NCAA Southeast Regional Championships mark the conclusion of the season for the Duke men’s cross country squad.