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DURHAM, N.C. -- The men and women opened the 2011 season Thursday with wins against N.C. Central University in 4K races on the Sally Meyerhoff Fitness Loop, located on the Al Buehler Trail. The Duke men took the top-five spots to sweep the Eagles 15-50 while the No. 9 women recorded an 18-37 win.

Duke's freshmen led the way in the men's race, as they registered the top-five performances. Morgan Pearson took the top spot with a time of 11:41, followed by Shaun Thompson at 11:53 and Nate McClafferty at 12:05. Brian Schoepfer and Alec Klassen rounded out the top five, clocking times of 12:15 and 12:18, respectively.

"We had our top five freshmen finish one, two, three, four, five, so we're really pleased with that," head coach Norm Ogilvie said. "Certainly the times today on this course indicate that they're very fit this early in the season."

The ninth-ranked women's team was paced by senior Cydney Ross, who completed the 4K course in 14:58. Senior Virginia Hine took second at 15:20, while NC Central's Amber Brooks came in third with a mark of 15:40.

"It's really nice to get this race over and have a good performance," Ross said. "We're looking forward to getting fitter every day and making each other better in the long run. Our team has great team chemistry right now. We're all working together, and we're looking forward to going into more competitive races as the season goes on."