DURHAM, N.C. - The men's and women's cross country squads celebrated the end of their outstanding seasons during the teams' annual award banquets last Friday, Dec. 7.
Senior Juliet Bottorff received top honors as the Most Valuable Performer for the women's team, which concluded the 2012 campaign with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Meanwhile, senior Mike Moverman was named the MVP for the Duke men after finishing the fall as an All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree and the team's top performer at the Pre-Nationals meet, ACC Championships and the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships.
Bottorff and sophomore Kelsey Lakowske, who was also the recipient of the team's Comeback Award, were recognized for achieving All-America and All-ACC distinction. The two Blue Devils were also joined by sophomore Carolyn Baskir and graduate student Suejin Ahn in celebrating All-Southeast Region accolades after leading the Duke women to the program's third Southeast Region title this year. In addition, Bottorff and graduate student Cydney Ross were honored for receiving ACC Performer of the Week recognition following first-place finishes at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational and the Three Stripe Invitational.
Other members of the women's squad to collect end-of-the-year honors included rookie Olivia Anderson, who was named the team's Freshman MVP. Ross was tabbed the Most Improved Upperclassman, while Ahn was the recipient of the Team Player Award and Baskir received the Mental Toughness Award. Thirteen Blue Devils were honored with personal record certificates - Ahn, Anderson, freshman Anima Banks, Baskir, junior Ashley Berry, Bottorff, senior Ashley Brasovan, sophomore Abby Farley, Lakowske, junior Gabby Levac, junior Dana Morin, Ross and junior Jessie Rubin.
Team award winners for the men included junior Christian Britto, who was named the Most Improved runner after finishing as Duke's fourth man at the ACC and NCAA Southeast Region Championships. Senior Dominick Robinson received Clutch Performer accolades for his performances at the Pre-Nationals Meet and the Southeast Regional, in which he passed opposing runners at the finish line to help the Blue Devils edge other squads in the final team standings.
The Duke men concluded the 2012 season ranked 30th in the nation after compiling an overall ledger of 86-45 and a 12-13 mark against ACC competition. The team recorded first-place finishes at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational, NC Central Dual, the Great American Cross Country Festival and at the Three Stripe Invitational while finishing fifth in the ACC. The Blue Devil women turned in their best performance at the NCAA Championship meet since 2005 to finish the year ranked seventh overall with a final record of 140-21 and 24-2 against conference opponents. The squad collected first-place finishes at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational, NC Central Dual, Queens Royals XC Challenge, Three Stripe Invitational and the NCAA Southeast Region Championships, in addition to taking second at the ACC Championships.
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