DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s and women’s cross country teams will complete their 2008 ledgers this weekend, as they each travel to the Big Apple for the IC4A and ECAC Championship races, respectively, on Sat., Nov. 22.
The men will race 10 harriers in a 5-mile race that will go off at 10:45 a.m. tomorrow, while the women will compete eight runners in a 5K set for 10:15 a.m. Both races will be held at the challenging Van Cortland Park course in Bronx, N.Y. The meet will mark the 100th anniversary of the IC4A race, the oldest continually-held cross country race in the United States.
The men’s team won the IC4A championship in 2005 and was second there in 2007.
Last time out, both squads took fourth place at the NCAA Southeast Regional meet in Clemmons, N.C., hosted by Wake Forest University. The Blue Devil men saw two individuals receive All-Region honors in sophomore Bo Waggoner and junior James Osborne. Waggoner took 11th overall as he covered the season-long 10K course in 30:43 and qualified as an individual for the NCAA Championship meet. Osborne crossed the line in 31:27, good for 24th and the All-Region nod.
The women were paced at regionals by freshman Carly Seymour, who took 26th and narrowly missed the All-Region honor, as she finished the 6K course in 21:48 to lead Duke.
The men’s team will look for another top finish in the Bronx, doing so without Waggoner, who is bound for Terre Haute, Ind., and the national championships. The gun for that race will go off at 12:48 p.m. as Waggoner represents the Blue Devils as an individual in his first appearance there. He is the first Duke runner to reach nationals since 2004. The top 40 finishers at the NCAA Championships earn All-America status from the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The national race will be televised on CBS College Sports.