Duke Primed for Adidas XC Challenge

Duke Primed for Adidas XC Challenge

DURHAM – Duke cross country is back in action this weekend, with the Blue Devils heading down the road to Cary, N.C., to take part in the Adidas XC Challenge on Friday, Sept. 15 at the WakeMed Soccer Park Cross Country Course.


  • The Duke cross country program opened the 2023 racing season with a bang as the Blue Devils swept both the men’s and women’s fields Friday evening at the Elon Cross Country Course.  
  • Both squads commanded their respective races, beginning with the Duke women who registered the top six finishers on the 4K course en route to totaling 15 points. Duke’s men, who also finished with 15 points, posted seven of the top eight placements on the 6K course.
  • Graduate student Emily Cole spearheaded the charge for the Blue Devil women via a first-place finish of 13:11.3 while freshman Thais Rolly shined in her collegiate debut as she was the next Duke runner to cross the finish line in 13:16.9 to finish as runner-up.
  • Rounding out the top-five placements for Duke were graduate student Julia Fenerty (13:24.9), senior Kelli Wilson (13:27.9) and sophomore Anna Corcoran (13:28.7) – all three turning in personal-best performances.
  • It was a photo finish on the men’s side for Duke as the trio of graduate student Rory Cavan and seniors Austin Gabay and Jared Kreis finished within tenths of a second of each other. 
  • Gabay claimed the top spot in the men’s race on a personal-best of 17:38.5, with Cavan (17:38.6) and Kreis (17:38.7) placing second and third via career bests of their own.
  • Graduate student Michael Keehan and junior Carter Dillon also finished neck-and-neck following PR’s, clocking 17:44.2 and 17:44.3, respectively, to garner fourth and fifth place.
  • To view the full meet recap, click here

Duke heads to Charlottesville, Va., for the Virginia XC Invitational, slated for Saturday, Sept. 23.
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