DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke men's and women's cross country teams wrapped up successful seasons of competition with strong showings at the 2012 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky. The Blue Devil women closed the fall with a seventh-place finish at the championship meet and the men took 30th overall as both teams concluded the season ranked among the top 31 programs nationally.
Lakowske, Bottorff Earn All-America Recognition Sophomore Kelsey Lakowske and senior Juliet Bottorff each garnered the first All-America accolades of their respective collegiate cross country careers after leading the 10th-ranked women's team to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Lakowske took 20th overall in the field of 253 runners and Bottorff joined her on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-America team after crossing the line in 27th place overall.
Blue Devils Return to NCAA Championships Following a rare absence from the championship meet in 2011, both the men's and women's teams gained qualification to the 2012 NCAA Championships, which were held Nov. 17 at the E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. Ranked 10th heading into the meet, the Duke women (140-21, 24-2 ACC) came away with a seventh-place finish for the program's best performance at the championship event since taking third in 2005. Lakowske paced the women with a personal-best time of 20:03.4 on the 6K course to come in 20th place, followed by Bottorff in 27th at 20:06.1. The men's squad (86-45, 12-13 ACC) placed 30th overall out of 31 teams to move up one spot from its initial seeding, led by junior Brian Atkinson's 129th-place performance (30:58.8) in the 10K race. With their performances at the NCAA Championships, the Duke women concluded the fall ranked seventh in the nation, while the men earned a No. 30 ranking in the final USTFCCCA poll.
Bottorff Impressive in Return from Injury After missing the 2011 cross country campaign due to injury, Bottorff paced the Duke women throughout the fall. The senior was the team's top performer in five meets during the 2012 season, including at the ACC Championships and the NCAA Southeast Region Championships. In addition to collecting All-America, All-Southeast Region and All-ACC honors this year, Bottorff was also named the Ronald McDonald House Charities Duke Student-Athlete of the Week twice this season and was tabbed the ACC Women's Cross Country Co-Performer of the Week following the season-opening Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational. Bottorff's best 6K time of the season came at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, where she broke the 20-minute barrier for the first time in her career with a 19:55 clocking.
Women Take Southeast Region Title Four Blue Devils finished inside the top 25 to lead the Duke women to the NCAA Southeast Region Championship on Nov. 9 at McAlpine Creek Park in Matthews, N.C. The first-place finish gave the women their third Southeast Region title in program history, in addition to automatically qualifying the team to the 2012 NCAA Championships. Bottorff guided the squad with a second-place finish in 20:14.48 on the 6K course to collect All-Southeast Region accolades for the third time in her cross country career. Lakowske (9th, 20:43.85), sophomore Carolyn Baskir (12th, 20:52.1) and graduate student Suejin Ahn (19th, 21:04.51) also received all-region distinction. The squad also finished the year atop the USTFCCCA's Southeast Region poll following their first place finish at the regional meet.
Jermyn Tabbed for Region Honor Women's cross country head coach Kevin Jermyn was named the USTFCCCA's Southeast Region Coach of the Year after directing his squad to the 2012 NCAA Southeast Region Championship. Jermyn, who is in his ninth season as the Blue Devils' head coach, garnered the honor for the fourth time in his career after previously receiving Southeast Region Coach of the Year accolades in 2004, 2005 and 2009.
Duke Men Finish Fifth in Southeast Region On the men's side, the Blue Devils placed fifth of 34 teams at the NCAA Southeast Region Championships and later received one of 13 at-large berths to the NCAA Championship meet. Senior Mike Moverman led the way for Duke, recording a time of 30:50.63 over 10K to come in 27th place. Classmate Dominick Robinson passed a runner from George Mason at the finish to take 32nd overall and help the Blue Devils edge George Mason by one point in the final team standings.
Three Blue Devils Earn All-ACC Honors Bottorff claimed All-ACC accolades for the third time in her cross country career after turning in a third-place finish at the ACC Championships Oct. 27 in Blacksburg, Va. The senior from Newark, Del., covered 6K in 20:10.6 to help lead the Duke women to a second-place finish in the conference - the program's best showing at the championship meet dating back to the 2009 season. Joining Bottorff in earning all-conference recognition was Lakowske, who took sixth in only the third cross country race of her Duke career with a personal-best time of 20:23.7. Moverman guided the Blue Devil men to a fifth-place finish in the conference, breaking into the top 10 individually for the first All-ACC cross country honors of his career.
Moverman Guides Men's Squad in Championship Meets Moverman was the Blue Devils' top performer in several key meets throughout the season, including at the NCAA Pre-Nationals Meet, the ACC Championships and the NCAA Southeast Region Championships. The senior notched a new 8K personal best of 23:58.0 at the Pre-Nationals meet Oct. 13 in Louisville, Ky. and earned a spot on the All-ACC team with a ninth-place finish overall after missing the fall 2011 campaign due to injury.
Teams Respond Well in Mid-Season Tests Five members of the men's team recorded 8K personal bests to lead Duke to a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet Oct. 13 at the E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. - the site of the 2012 NCAA Championships. Led by Moverman's 39th-place effort (23.58.0), the Blue Devils edged four nationally-ranked squads (No. 9 Tulsa, No. 12 Villanova, No. 20 Georgetown and No. 23 William & Mary) to move into the USTFCCCA rankings at No. 18 the following week. Meanwhile, the women's team also earned a top-20 ranking after placing seventh among an elite field at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Oct. 12 in Madison, Wis. In that race, Duke finished ahead of 15 nationally-ranked teams and four ACC opponents. Bottorff led the way in eighth place after crossing the line in a personal-best time of 19:55 for 6K.
Lakowske Shines in First Fall Season Lakowske bolstered the Duke women's lineup in just her first season of collegiate cross country. The sophomore from Boulder, Colo., concluded the fall as an All-America, All-Southeast Region and All-ACC honoree and was the team's top finisher at the NCAA Championships in 20th place overall after turning in a 6K personal-best time of 20:03.4.
Duke-NC Central Dual Joins Bull City Classic This year's dual meet with NC Central featured a unique element, as the annual race began with one lap around the track in Wallace Wade Stadium in front of a crowd of 8,542 15 minutes prior to the start of the Duke-NC Central football game. The runners then proceeded to the Al Buehler Trail before concluding the races on the Sally Meyerhoff Fitness Loop. Duke came away with a pair of victories, as junior Phil Fairleigh and Lakowske picked up the individual wins.
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