GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Duke men’s cross country team won their third meet of the year on Friday as the Blue Devils took a narrow one point win at the ECU Pirates Invite.
Duke finished first in the 10 team field with 49 points. ECU was just one point behind the Blue Devils, finishing with 50 points while Norfolk State came in third place with 57 points.
“I thought our young guys stepped up today,” said head coach Norm Ogilvie. “I’m more pleased with this win than any other this season, seeing us step up to get the victory.”
Duke was led by freshman Alex Miley who ran a personal best 24:40.39 on the eight-kilometer course to finish in sixth place overall. Also in the top ten for Duke was sophomore Cole Hoff (24:51.99) and freshman Paul Dellinger (24:53.34) who finished in tenth and 11th respectively.
Rounding out the scoring for Duke was senior Jordan Burton and sophomore Matt Wisner. Burton finished with a time of 24:55.16 to come in 13th place while Wisner clocked a time of 24:55.81 to take 14th place. Overall, Duke’s spread between its five scoring runners was just 15 seconds.
“It shows how dominating our pack was,” Ogilvie said. “ECU got three runners ahead of our first finisher, but we had the next nine or ten guys in front of their fourth man. Our depth really shone through.”
Duke had five more runners inside the top 20. Freshman CJ Ambrosio finished in 15th place with a time of 24:56.10 and junior Stephen Garrett was right behind him in 16th place, clocking a time of 24:57.14. Next up was junior co-captain Nikhil Pulimood who came in 17th thanks to a time of 25:01.66. Closing out the top 10 Duke runners were sophomore Tom Sullivan (25:02.72) and freshman Michael Ungvarsky (25:08.77) who came in 18th and 19th respectively.
“We’re running quite a bit faster than first 2 tries at the eight kilometer distance, which is a good sign,” commented Ogilvie. “We’re coming into shape at the right time and as we head into the ACC’s, we’re confident we can surprise a lot of people.”
Duke adds nine more wins to its total and is now 24-6 on the season and 1-0 in the ACC. Duke’s next race will be the ACC Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 27.