DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s cross country team completed its 2019-20 recruiting class, adding two more signees with Rory Cavan and Sam Rivera.
Rory Cavan, a native of Glen Elyn, Ill., comes to Duke from Glenbard West High School. After an impressive start to the season, Cavan capped his senior cross country campaign with a fifth-place finish at the Illinois Class 3A State championship. Cavan owns personal-best times of 4:17.34 in the 1,600m, and 14:24.40 in the three-mile.
“Undefeated for the first half of the XC season racing the best in Illinois, Rory suffered a mid-October illness but still managed a strong fifth-place showing at the Illinois state meet,” Ogilvie said. “His 14:24 PR on the state meet course in early September illustrates his great potential in college.”
Sam Rivera, a native of Chicago Ill., comes to Duke from Whitney Young High School. Rivera earned a bronze medal at the Illinois State Cross Country Championships after taking first place at the IHSA Regional meet. Rivera also notched a first-place medal at the Chicago Public League Cross Country Race. He owns personal-best times of 4:13.47 in the 1,600m and 14:24.86 in the three-mile. Rivera placed 18th at the Footlocker Midwest Regional in Kenosha, Wisc.
“Sam got our attention with a 4:13 1,600m as a junior, but further impressed us with his best XC season ever this fall, placing third at the Illinois State meet and 18th at the Footlocker Midwest Regional,” said Ogilvie. “His 14:24 three-mile at Detweiler is the second fastest ever by a runner from the Chicago Public League.”
Zach Kinne, a native of Sewickley, Penn., comes to Duke from North Allegheny High School, where he spent the final year of his prep career. This past fall, Kinne led his team to the Pennsylvania State Championship in cross country with a second-place individual finish in that meet. Prior to attending North Allegheny, Kinne was one of the top distance runners in Illinois at Neuqua Valley. In the spring of his junior year at Neuqua Valley, Kinne clocked a personal-best time of 9:03.55 for the 3,200m at the state championships, securing second. He also owns a personal-best time of 4:14.52 in the 1,600m.
“A runner-up in the Illinois state meet 3200 as a junior, Zach moved to Pennsylvania this summer and has been dominant in XC in his new state this fall. He captured the Paul Short Invitational in 15:24 for 5,000 meters. He will be one of our very best distance runners in the class of 2019.”
Owen MacKenzie, a native of Los Altos Hills, Calif., comes to Duke from Los Altos High School, having enjoyed great success on the track. MacKenzie posted a personal-best time of 9:07.95 for the 3,200m at the 2018 CCS Championship meet, taking home a first-place victory. He also owns a personal-best time of 4:19.40 in the 1,600m. In cross country, MacKenzie as a junior was named to the First Team All-NorCal team, leading his Los Altos squad to the state championship with an individual second-place finish at the CCS Division I race.
“CIF Central Coast Section champion in the 3,200m, Owen’s 9:07.95 ranks him among the top returners in California. He is another solid addition to the Duke men’s distance squad in 2019.”