MATTHEWS — Four Duke runners finished inside the top 25 to lead the women’s cross country team to the NCAA Southeast Region title Friday at McAlpine Creek Park. N.C. State finished third and North Carolina came in fifth.
The win gives the Blue Devils an automatic berth in next week’s NCAA cross country championship in Louisville, Ky.
Senior Juliet Bottorff paced the Blue Devils, crossing the line at 20 minutes, 14.48 seconds in the women’s 6-kilometer race to come in second, just under 4 seconds behind Kentucky’s Cally Macumber.
Duke sophomore Kalsey Lakowske finished ninth in 20:43.85, She was followed by Carolyn Baskir, who finished 12th, Suejin Ahn (19th) and Madeline Morgan (39th). Gabby Levac (55th) and Ashley Brasovan (73rd) did
N.C. State was paced by Joanna Thompson (20:51.45), who finished 11th. She was followed by teammates Samantha Norman (17th), Erin Mercer (25th), Kaitlyn Kramer (41st), Sheridan Jordan (53rd), Samantha George (60th) and Tiayonna Blackmon (65).
North Carolina was pushed by fifth-place finish by Lianna Farber (20:31.63). Ashley Miess (33rd), Annie Lehardy (34th), Samantha Jorgensen (46th) Karley Rempel (77th) and Malia Cali (83rd) followed Farber.
• In the men’s 10K race, redshirt N.C. State junior Andrew Colley cruised to a third place finish in 29:39.68 to pace the Wolfpack, which finished third in the team standings, followed by senior Matt Sonnenfeldt who also crossed the finish line under the 30-minute mark with a time of 29:58.54 and freshman Graham Crawford in 16th place, posting a 30:31.24 time.
Duke, led by Mike Moverman, finished in fifth place.
North Carolina finished 11th behind top performer Scott Morgan.
Virginia won the team competition and Soufiane Bouchikhi, of second-place Eastern Kentucky, was the meet’s top individual.
St. Augustine’s: Senior wide receiver and return specialist Tyron Laughinghouse was named one of 24 candidates for the 2012 Harlon Hill Trophy, which is given to the NCAA Division II college football player of the year.
North Carolina: All three singles players advanced to the semifinals of their respective draws at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center at Chapel Hill.
Neither Lauren McHale nor Laura Slater dropped a set in their two respective matches to advance. McHale will face Duke’s Annie Mulholland Saturday.
Tessa Lyons came from a set down to advance in her second match and won a second-set tiebreaker to advance.