TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Junior Amina Maatoug headlined the day of competition for the Duke cross country team at the ACC Cross Country Championships Friday morning as the Leiden, Netherlands product turned in a stellar showing in the women’s 6K en route to clocking 19.29.9 for the second-place finish and All-ACC honors. Maatoug’s finish was the best finish by a Blue Devil runner since Juliet Bottorff captured the ACC individual crown in 2013.
Both the Duke men and women finished seventh overall in the team standings. The Blue Devil men totaled 205 points on the 8K course while the women’s squad finished the 6K race with 186 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The women’s 6K saw Duke’s top-three finishers each post personal bests and place inside the top 50.
- Maatoug led the charge for the Blue Devils for the third time in as many races – this time delivering a career-best performance of 19:29.9 in the 6K race to finish as the runner-up.
- Freshman Thais Rolly was the next Duke runner to cross the finish line, turning in a time of 20:50.4.
- Julia Fenerty finished 45th as the graduate student ran her race in 20:56.2, while classmate Karly Forker placed just outside of the top 50, checking in at 51st via a time of 21:09.0.
- Senior Charlotte Tomkinson completed the top-five runners for the Blue Devils with a 64th-place finish of 21:19.5.
- Duke’s men opened the day’s events in the 8K and finished the race with a trio of runners in the top 50.
- Senior Austin Gabay paced the Blue Devil men via a time of 23:54.6 (24th) with graduate student Zubeir Dagane a few spots back in 32nd behind a finish of 24:01.5.
- Beck Wittstadt also notched a top-50 placement as the junior ran in 24:12.5 to take 45th.
- Senior Jared Kreis (53rd) and graduate student Michael Keehan (59th) produced times of 24:18.3 and 24:21.7, respectively, to earn spots in the top 60 and round out the top-five finishers.
- To view the full meet results, click here.
The Blue Devils continue postseason competition with the NCAA Southeast Regional set for Friday, Nov. 10 at the Roger Milliken Center in Spartanburg, S.C. The women’s 6K opens the morning…