Duke wins Coastal Carolina Invite
Roundup: Gray competed in her first meet of the year
DURHAM, N.C. – No. 8 Duke placed six runners in the top 10 to claim the team title Saturday at the Coastal Carolina Invite, held at the Quail Creek Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The Blue Devils scored 19 points to place first out of nine squads, while High Point finished second at 70 points. Host Coastal Carolina scored 94 points to come in third.
Senior Suejin Ahn posted the highest finish of her collegiate career, crossing the finish line first in 17:40, ahead of 79 other competitors on the 5K course. The first-place finish continued what has been a solid season so far Ahn, who took fifth in Duke’s season opener against N.C. Central.
Junior Madeline Morgan followed closely behind Ahn, finishing second with a time of 17:48, while senior Esther Vermeer clocked 18:04 to come in third.
No. 2 New Mexico at Kachina Invitational
Las Cruces, N.M. --- If you ever wondered where September races fall on the importance scale for New Mexico cross country coach Joe Franklin, just a quick look at the race results for the Kachina Classic showcase it. New Mexico rested nearly all of their top runners, save for Natalie Gray, getting some of the other members of the squads some intercollegiate experience as UNM competed in Las Cruces.
Gray competed in her first meet of the year after sitting out the Lobo Invitational, and the All-American took it easy, finishing fifth with a time of 18:10.4. Emma Reed and Janna Mitsos finished eighth and ninth, giving UNM three in the top 10 despite sitting out a pair of All-Americans and most of their returning All-Mountain West performers from a year ago.