ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Duke women’s cross country team enjoyed a successful morning at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships, racing to a third-place team finish Friday at the Winthrop Farm.
The Blue Devils tallied 139 team points to earn their highest finish since 2012, placing behind only NC State (70) and Furman (94), who were ranked first and second, respectively, coming into today’s race. Wake Forest placed fourth with 163 points, while Virginia finished fifth with 181 points to close out the top five teams.
“Today was a great day for the women,” said head coach Rhonda Riley. “They have worked incredibly hard this season and for everything to come together at the regional meet is what we wanted. Gabrielle (Richichi) and Michaela (Reinhart) did an outstanding job and made the All-Region team and helped with the third-place finish.”
Leading the way for Duke, was senior Gabrielle Richichi, who earned her first first-place finish for the Blue Devils this season. Richichi posted a time of 20:23.6—an improvement of almost two minutes from her first 6K race of the season—to finish 15th overall and earn All-Region honors.
Joining Richichi in All-Region recognition, was sophomore Michaela Reinhart, who finished 20th with a time of 20:34.2 to mark the 10th consecutive race of her career that she’s finished among Duke’s top two runners. The performances from Richichi and Reinhart marked the first All-Region honorees since 2013 for the Blue Devils.
Freshman Monica Hebner continued her solid freshman campaign Friday morning, recording a time of 20:51.6 to finish 31st overall and place third for the Blue Devils. With the performance, Hebner has now finished among Duke’s top four competitors in each of her races this fall.
The duo of Kim Hallowes and Amanda Beach rounded out Duke’s top-five finishers in the regional competition. Hallowes finished 36th overall with a time 21:00.2 to earn a top-40 overall finish in the 245-competitor field. Beach was not far behind, placing 40th overall with a time of 21:03.9 to close out the scoring for the Blue Devils.
Today’s race marks the conclusion of the season for the Duke women’s cross country team.