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Cross Country Men’s Record: 23-0 (2-0 ACC) Women’s Record: 27-3 (3-0 ACC)
l The men’s cross country team grabbed the title at the Great American Cross Country Festival, placing six runners inside the top 10. l SophomoreDominick Robinson paced the Blue Devils on his way to picking up his first career win with a time of 24:43. l Junior Brendon Pierson finished fifth (25:55), while sophomores Joseph Elsakr (26:03) and Jonathan Sanchez (26:09) finished sixth and eighth, respectively. l Blue Devil freshman Christian Britto rounded out the top ten with a time of 26:45. l The Blue Devils travel to the Virginia Invitational on Oct. 15. The 8K race will be held at Panorama Farms, and the time is set for 4:00 p.m. (EST).
Blue Devil Blitz
l The women’s cross country team traveled to the Hagan Stone Cross Country Classic on Saturday with three Blue Devils – Esther Vermeer, Devotia Moore and Ashley Berry – breaking personal records and all nine participants finishing in the top ten. l Vermeer, a junior, grabbed the first-place finish and toppled a personal record with a time of 17:38.1. l Moore broke a personal record with a time of 18:20.8, which was good for a fourth-place finish, and Berry toppled a personal record in only her third appearance this season, finishing eighth with a time of 18:44.1. l Senior Kristina Krasich finished in second (17:57.2) and freshman Gabby Levac in third (18:09.3). l The Duke women will compete next in the Blue Ridge Mountain Open in Boone, N.C., on Oct. 15. The race will be held at State Farm Fields, and the 5K Gold race is set to begin at 3:00 p.m. (EST).
Football Record: 1-4 (0-2 ACC)
l Wide receiver Donovan Varner had eight catches for 128 yards, and quarterback Sean Renfree threw for 351 yards, but the Blue Devils were unable to pull off the fourth quarter comeback falling to Maryland, 21-16, from Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. l The Duke defense held Maryland to 294 yards of total offense, the lowest total by an opponent since Virginia had 196 yards (89 rush & 107 pass) on Oct. 31, 2009. The 21 points allowed were the lowest total in 2010. l Redshirt senior tight end Brandon King hauled in a two-yard touchdown catch for his second of the season and seventh of his career. He moves into a tie with Bill Khayat and Andy Roland for third on Duke’s career touchdowns list by tight ends. l Duke’s trio of Austin Kelly, Conner Vernon and Donovan Varner combined for 20 receptions for 287 yards on Saturday. Varner became the 12th player in school history with 1,500 career receiving yards, moving into 10th all-time with 1,597 career yards. Vernon moved up to 22nd on the career list with 1,294 yards while Kelly is 25th with 1,222 yards.
l Redshirt senior linebacker Abraham Kromah recorded a career-high 15 tackles against Maryland. He has had 10 or more tackles in back-to-back games. l Redshirt junior kicker Will Snyderwine made field goals of 20, 40 and 34 yards to give him seven consecutive made field goals. Snyderwine has made 9-of-10 (.900) field goal attempts on the season and is 26-of-30 (.867) in his career. l True freshman linebacker Kelby Brown and sophomore safety Walt Canty each earned their first collegiate start on defense while redshirt freshman tight end Jack Farrell started for the first time on offense.
Women’s Soccer Record: 6-3-3 (0-2-1 ACC)
l The Blue Devils dropped their only match of the week on the road to No. 10 Florida State 3-1 on Sunday.
l Duke got on the board just five minutes into the match off an own-goal by Florida State. Freshman Mollie Pathman sent a shot at the goal that was then deflected by a Seminole defender and went in the goal to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 advantage. l At the half, Duke held an 8-7 shot advantage with freshman Laura Weinberg attempting four shots and Pathman two. For the match, Duke held an 18-14 shot advantage led by six from Weinberg, who was playing in her home state of Florida for the first time in her collegiate career. l Weinberg is the team leader in goals on the season with five scores. She also leads the team in total points with 11. l Sophomore goalkeeper Tara Campbell finished with four saves in 90 minutes of action. l The Blue Devils will return to the state of Florida this week as Duke will travel to Coral Gables, Fla., to face Miami on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7:00 p.m.
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