DURHAM, N.C. - With just under a month to go before the start of the 2012 campaign, the Duke men's cross country program welcomes six newcomers to the program. The talented group includes student-athletes hailing from Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Wisconsin.
"We have an outstanding group of distance runners," said men's head coach Norm Ogilvie, who enters his 22nd cross country season this fall. "This is not only a large class, but a high-quality class. This is a great group and we're very excited about their potential."
William Hague Winnetka, Ill. (Loyola Academy) Completed prep career at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill. ... all-state selection in cross country as a senior after finishing 17th overall at the state meet ... guided Loyola to an 18th-place showing at the state championships ... took fourth overall at his sectional meet ... also helped his cross country squad earn a fourth-place finish at the 2011 Nike Cross Nationals.
Hague Personal Records: XC 5K- 15:30.00 3,200m- 9:18.87
Tommy Meister Janesville, Wis. (Craig) Four-year letterwinner at Craig ... school record holder in the 800m, 1,600m, 3,200m and the 4x800m relay outdoors, as well as in cross country ... took second in the state in both the 800m and 1,600m as a senior ... captured the state title in the 800m as a junior while also placing second in the 1,600m ... led the cross country squad to a pair of second-place finishes in the state during his junior and senior seasons ... finished second overall at the state cross country meet as a junior.
Meister Personal Records: XC 5K- 15:21.32 800m- 1:52.92 1,600m- 4:08.13 3,200m- 9:04.73
Eddie Merenda LaGrangeville, N.Y. (Arlington) Four-year letterwinner in cross country and track & field at Arlington ... finished 18th overall at the state championship as a senior ... garnered all-state, all-section, all-country and all-league recognition in cross country and track & field during his prep career ... named the Poughkeepsie Journal's Runner of the Year in 2010 ... All-American in indoor and outdoor track & field ... helped his squad's distance medley relay take sixth at the 2012 New Balance Indoor Nationals ... outdoors, was a member of Arlington's distance medley relay that came in fourth at the 2012 Penn Relays and fifth at the 2012 New Balance Outdoor Nationals ... finished sixth in the state in the 3,200m and in the emerging elite mile competition at Nationals in 2010.
Merenda Personal Records: XC 5K- 16:08 3,200m- 9:10.16
Daniel Moore Melbourne, Fla. (Holy Trinity Episcopal) Lettered four years for Doug Butler at Holy Trinity ... Florida state champion in the 3,200m as a senior ... also finished second in the state in the 1,600m during his final season while guiding Holy Trinity Episcopal to the state crown ... in cross country, took third in the state during his senior season ... won the 2011 Great American Cross Country Festival boys' race while setting a course record at 14:57.6 for the first under-15:00 time on the course.
Moore Personal Records: XC 5K- 14:57.6 3,200m- 9:15.37
William Rooney Darien, Conn. (Greens Farms Academy) Completed prep career at Greens Farms Academy in Greens Farms, Conn. ... placed 13th in the 5,000m at the 2012 New Balance Indoor Nationals...winner of the New England Cross Country Meet of Champions as a junior...guided his cross country team to three consecutive New England Prep School and conference championships...also captured individual NEPSAC and conference titles in cross country...earned Foot Locker All-Northeast honors as a freshman.
Rooney Personal Records: XC 5K- 15:40.00 3,200m- 9:27.43
Blake Udland Short Hills, N.J. (Millburn) Four-year letterwinner for Jeff Kaye at Millburn High School ... won back-to-back sectional titles in cross country his junior and senior seasons ... finished seventh at the New Jersey Cross Country Meet of Champions as a senior ... notched a personal-best of 15:04 for 5K in cross country during his prep career ... finalist at the 2011 Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, where he finished 40th overall in 16:54.
Udland Personal Records: XC 5K- 15:04.20 1,600m- 4:09.62 3,200m- 9:12
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