Dukes Sweep Duquesne Duals

Last season, Duquesne lost one of 14 matches at the annual Duquesne Duals, the inaugural cross country meet for Pittsburgh area programs. Saturday, the Red and Blue took that one step up as DU won all 15 head-to-head matches at the Schenley Oval in Pittsburgh's nationally renowned Schenley Park.

Men

Duquesne is missing a very steady part of the last four teams. Tom Slosky completed his collegiate career last season after becoming the first Duke to compete at the NCAA cross country championship and at three NCAA track and field championships. He also won the 2008 XC A-10 championship title.

Josh Eddy, who is one of four seniors on this year's team, won the 2008 Duals in 25:45, leading five Dukes who finished among the top six runners. Following Eddy were Mike Stolar in second (25:53), Scott Van Kooten (26.02) in third, Derek Dutille (26:09) in fourth and Travis Dean in sixth at 26:28.

The DU men were a perfect 8-0 today. The Dukes defeated Pitt (16-45) and each of the following schools by a 15-50 score: Canisius, Niagara, Carnegie Mellon, Wheeling Jesuit, St. Bonaventure, Juniata and St. Vincent.

The Dukes, who tied for third last season in the Atlantic 10 Championship, have been picked for fourth in the league's 2008 preseason poll behind UMass, the other team with 91 points last October.

2008 Men's Cross Country
Predicted Order Of Finish
(2007 Championship Finish in parentheses)
 1. La Salle (1st)
 2. Richmond (2nd)
 3. Massachusetts (3rd)
 4. Duquesne (3rd)
 5. Dayton (6th)
 6. Charlotte (9th)
 7. Saint Joseph's (5th)
 8. Xavier (8th)
 9. George Washington (7th)
10. Fordham (10th)
11. Saint Louis (12th)
12. Temple (11th)
13. Rhode Island (13th)
14. St. Bonaventure (14th) 

Women

Duquesne's women's cross country team was 7-0 at today's competition, downing Pitt (16-45), Canisius (16-46), Niagara (15-50), St. Bonaventure (15-50), Carnegie-Mellon (20-43) and Juniata (15-50).

The Red and Blue were led by junior Katie Kelly who placed second overall who placed second overall in 18:42. Hannah Ringo was third in 18:46, Sara Cimino in fourth in 19:08 and Meghan Ecker in fifth in 19:09.

Duquesne, fifth at last year A-10 championship, has been picked for the same spot in the league's 2008 preseason poll.

2008 Women's Cross Country
Predicted Order Of Finish
(2007 Championship Finish in parentheses)
 1. Richmond (2nd)
 2. Charlotte (4th)
 3. La Salle (1st)
 4. Xavier (3rd)
 5. Duquesne (5th)
 6. Massachusetts (6th)
 7. Saint Joseph's (8th)
 8. Saint Louis (7th)
 9. Dayton (10th)
10. Rhode Island (12th)
11. George Washington (9th)
12. Fordham (11th)
13. Temple (13th)
14. St. Bonaventure (14th) 


The Dukes return to action on Saturday, September 19, 2008, at the National Catholic Championship at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. The men were second and the women third last season in the 35+ school competition.


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