DURHAM, N.C. The Duke men’s and women’s cross country teams handed out team awards in their annual banquets on Thurs., Dec. 4.
The men’s team celebrated a season in which they went 96-17 the fewest losses in school history in a season and captured its second IC4A Championship, while sophomore Bo Waggoner represented the Blue Devils as an individual at the NCAA Championships Nov. 24 in Terre Haute, Ind. The women finished 2008 with a record of 91-17-1, turning in a fourth-place finish at the ACC Championships and fourth at the NCAA Southeast Regional.
Waggoner received MVP honors for the men’s team after competing in his first NCAA Championship and Duke’s first since 2004. There, the sophomore took 135th out of 252 runners as he covered the 10K in 31:09. He was also an All-Southeast and All-ACC performer in 2008.
Freshman of the Year honors went to Andrew Brodeur, who scored for Duke in all the races he competed in, and was Duke’s top finisher in their IC4A Championship victory Nov. 22. He was one of Duke’s school-record seven runners to earn All-East honors with top-25 finishes at the IC4As.
Duke’s Comeback Runner of the Year award went to junior James Osborne, who led Duke as an individual for the first time in his career at the 2008 Roy Griak Invitational, where he took 38th overall in the field of 229 athletes with an 8K time of 25:15 on his way to ACC Performer of the Week honors the following week. He was one of Duke’s two All-Southeast Region honorees for finishing in the top-25 at the meet Nov. 15. He also earned All-East honors at the IC4As.
Finally, the men’s Mental Toughness award went to junior captain Tradelle Ward, who was a consistent scorer for the Blue Devils and earned All-East honors at the IC4A meet. Ward’s best performance of the season came as he took third for the team at the NCAA Southeast Regional meet, taking 32nd overall in 31:39 as the Blue Devils snagged fourth place.
Both consistent scorers in their first collegiate season, Seymour led Duke as an individual three times, including at the NCAA Southeast Regionals, where she missed All-Southeast Region honors by just one place as she took 26th in the field of 231. Following her 7th place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational which included 222 athletes Seymour was awarded ACC Performer of the Week.
Ahn’s highlight came as she took second for the Blue Devils at the ACC Championships, a performance she followed up by also scoring at the NCAA Southeast Regional, taking 40th of 231 there.
Both squads improved their finishes at the ACC Championships, and garnered milestones for their coaches this season with men’s head coach Norm Ogilvie surpassing 800 wins and women’s coach Kevin Jermyn reaching 600 for their careers.
The runners will return to competition in the indoor track and field season beginning Jan. 10 in meets at the University of North Carolina.