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Duke harriers run at District III meet

The men's and women's cross country teams wrapped up their seasons this weekend at the NCAA District III meet in Greenville, N.C.

The Blue Devil men ran their way to a ninth place finish, but the story for Duke was the women's squad which finished a school-record seventh.

Freshman Megan Sullivan blazed the way for Duke, finishing 20th out of over 200 runners in 18:08, earning All-Region honors in the process.

"She's had an outstanding season and been a big surprise for us this year," coach Jan Samuelson-Ogilvie said. "To assert herself and be All-Region her freshman year is outstanding. "

Senior Kristin Faraguna finished our her career in style, finishing 42nd overall in 18:35.

"She had probably her best race of the year, by far," Ogilvie said.

Senior Erin Fleming came to the rescue for the Blue Devils, volunteering to run after Duke's regular second and third runners, Beth O'Donnel and Collette Gurtler, had to sit out with ailments. Fleming finished third for Duke and 57th overall in 19:05.

Tom Becker paced the men as he finished 29th in 31:35. The finish was a disappointing one for the junior, who was in 11th place after the first five miles.

Terry Brennan finished 20 seconds behind Becker in 40th place while Charley Kelly came in 47th.

Senior Mike Park ended his cross country career with a 50th-place, 32:06 showing, bouncing back from a sub-par showing at ACCs.


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