CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Junior Amina Maatoug registered a 5K personal best en route to finishing among the top 10 in the women’s field to help lead the Duke women to a 12th-place finish (298) at the Virginia Invitational Saturday morning.
The Blue Devil women had four runners finish among the top 100 in the women’s 5K. Duke’s men totaled 454 points to place 18th overall and had three runners finish among the top 100 in the 8K race.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Maatoug picked up right where she left off last season and delivered a career-best performance en route to securing a top-10 finish in her first race of the 2023 campaign.
- The junior spearheaded the efforts for the Duke women, shaving 30 seconds off her previous 5K time in the process with a time of 16:27.5 to place seventh overall.
- Graduate student Emily Cole was next to finish for the Blue Devils as she turned in a personal best of 17:03.0 (42nd). She was followed by senior Charlotte Tomkinson who checked in at 63rd after finishing her 5K in 17:17.2.
- Karly Forker (90th) and Julia Fenerty (110th) rounded out the top-five finishers on the women’s side for Duke, with the pair of graduate students notching personal-best times of 17:33.8 and 17:46.3, respectively.
- In the men’s 8K race, the Blue Devils were led by the trio of graduate students Rory Cavan and Michael Keehan and senior Austin Gabay, with Gabay posting the top mark for the Duke men with a time of 23:56.8 for a 42nd-place finish.
- Cavan placed 95th via a PR of 24:23.0. Keehan finished three spots back (98th), crossing the line in 24:23.6.
- Senior Jared Kreis and graduate student Sam Rivera capped the top-five runners for the Duke men, crossing the finish line back-to-back. Kreis (114th) clocked 24:32.9 while Rivera (115th) ran 24:33.1
- To view the full meet results, click here.
Duke will feature a split squad to close out regular season competition. Some members of the team will make the trek up north to the Badger State for the Nuttycombe Challenge (Oct. 13) while others head to Greenville and take part in the ECU Pirate Cross Country Invitational on Oct. 14.
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