LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Freshmen Michaela Reinhart and Amanda Beach garnered all-conference honors after placing 16th and 17th overall respectively at this year’s ACC Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Ky. The Blue Devils finished in seventh place in the team standings with 180 points, their best finish since the 2013 season. NC State claimed the team title after amassing 43 points while hosts Louisville (109) took second and Virginia Tech (129) placed third.
“Michaela and Amanda did great today,” said head coach Rhonda Riley. “They both ran with a lot of composure and stuck with what they intended to do. They raced together and finished together.”
Reinhart and Beach both ran personal bests in their first collegiate championship race. Reinhart closed the race with a time of 20:32.4 to finish in 16th place while Beach was right behind her in 17th place, clocking a time of 20:35.0. It is the first time that the Blue Devils have had two All-ACC performers since Juliet Bottorff and Carolyn Baskir did so in 2013. Reinhart was also named ACC Freshman of the Year as she was the first true freshman to finish the race.
In addition to Reinhart and Beach, sophomore Sophia Parvizi-Wayne finished in the top 50 while junior Sheridan Wilbur was just outside it. Parvizi-Wayne finished in 42nd place as she posted a time of 21:19.5. Wilbur was the 52nd finisher and she ran a time of 21:40.8. Rounding out the scoring harriers for Duke was junior co-captain Olivia Gwynn. In her ACC Championships debut, Gwynn ran a personal-best 21:46.2 on the six-kilometer course to finish in 59th place.
“Olivia stepped up big time for us,” said Riley. “Her fitness was there and it was great to see that in the race today and she made a big impact for the team. I was really proud of Sheridan as well. She ran with a lot of confidence and it was great to see.”
Not far behind Gwynn was sophomore Lindsay Billings. Billings crossed the finish line in 21:46.6 to serve as the 62nd finisher. Next up for Duke was freshman Leigha Torino who came in 104th in her postseason debut, with a time of 22:47.8.
“We still have not ran a complete race with everyone having their best day,” commented Riley. “We want to put that together at the Regionals when it counts. I believe we still have room to grow as a team.”
Duke resumes competition with the NCAA Southeast Regional on Nov. 10.
Full results from today’s competition can be found on Flashresults.com.