Blue Devils gear up for ACC Championships

Story Links WATCH LIVE RESULTS – ACC NETWORK DURHAM – With the regular season in its rearview mirror, the Duke cross country team is turning its attention to the post-season competition, starting with this weekend’s ACC Cross Country Championships. The championship game, hosted by the University of Virginia, will be held on Friday, October 28 at the Panorama Farms track in Earlysville, Virginia. MEET INFORMATION The Men’s 8K Championship kicks off at 10:40 AM followed by the Women’s 6K Championship at 11:30 AM. Friday’s game features 12 ranked teams in the men’s (7) and women’s (5) fields, including the 29th ranked Duke men. The top-21 men’s and women’s finishers at the ACC Championships will earn All-ACC recognition. The first true freshman to cross the finish line in the men’s and women’s races is recognized as ACC Freshman of the Year. ACC Network is planning a live coverage of both meetings, starting at 10:30 a.m. Longtime Duke Director of Track & Field, Norm Ogilvie, will be in talks with Shawn Kenney. Live results will be posted to FlashResults during and at the end of both races. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW The Duke men are competing in Friday’s race at number 29 in the USTFCCCA Coaches’ Poll. The Blue Devils got into the polls for the first time in week five after a strong pack at the Nuttycombe Invitational. Dalia Frias is joining the conference after taking ACC Freshman of the Week honors for the third time this season, following another steady performance at the Nuttycombe Invitational. Frias earned the accolade for the third time in as many encounters as the top women’s finisher among all ACC true freshmen, while also setting the second fastest time for the Duke women in the 6K race. The Hermosa Beach, California native clocked 20:37.8, finishing 67th out of 263 athletes. The men’s lineup includes Matyas Csiki-Fejer, Nick Dahl, Carter Dillon, Will Dixon, Austin Gabay, Zach Kinne, Jared Kreis, Owen MacKenzie, Sam Rivera and Chris Theodore. The Blue Devil women are represented by Emily Cole, Anna Corcoran, Karly Forker, Dalia Frias, Katie Hamilton, Caroline Howley, Amina Maatoug, Ashlyn Ramos and Kelli Wilson. LAST TIME OUT During Friday’s game at the Nuttycombe Invitational, amid a fraught, nationally ranked men’s and women’s field, Duke cross country closed out the regular season with a strong run at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Cross Country Course. Duke’s achievement was highlighted by the men’s squad beating four ranked teams — No. 11 Iowa State, No. 14 Gonzaga, No. 20 Harvard and No. 27 Michigan State. The Blue Devils produced five top-100 individual finishers in the men’s and women’s fields—Maatoug (28th), Frias (67th), Theodore (57th), MacKenzie (77th), and Kinne (91st). In the team standings, the men finished 19th with 495 points, while the women finished 32nd with 676 points. For the third consecutive meeting, Maatoug and Frias were the top two finishers for the Duke women. Maatoug ran her 6K in 20:20.3 to 28th, followed by Frias who clocked 20:37.8 for 67th. Ramos (21:10.5), Hamilton (21:58.1) and Forker (21:59.1) were the next three Blue Devils to finish. Theodore, MacKenzie, and Kinne led the charge ahead of the Duke men. The trio ran their respective 8K races in 23:48.8, 23:56.9 and 24:01.0 respectively, with Kinne taking the biggest jump with 22 places over the last 2000 meters. Rivera (24:05.6) and Dahl (24:32.0) rounded out the top-five finishers for the men’s squad. A LOOK BACK AT THE 2021 ACC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Duke looks to improve on last season’s performance at the ACC Championships, where the Blue Devil men finished seventh with 161 points, while the women finished ninth with 247. The Blue Devils produced three All- ACC selections in Michaela Reinhart, Charlotte Tomkinson and Josh Romine. Reinhart took her fourth straight all conference honors, clocking in at 20:45.1 to take 14th overall. Tomkinson finished 16th with a time of 20:46.2 to earn her first All-ACC honor. Romine finished 21st overall at 24:16.5. After sitting in 30th place at the 6K split, he finished strong and jumped nine places in the final two miles to earn his first All-ACC roster of his career. UP NEXT The post-season action continues for the Blue Devils as both teams return to action on November 11 at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships at EP “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky. To keep up to date with the Blue Devils cross country and track & field, follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by searching for “DukeTFXC.” #GoDuke

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