Men place third
The Dukes men had a very respectable showing at the Osprey Open held at the Richard Stockton College of NJ in Pomona.
Millville High’s Dave Bertulis was the first Duke to cross the finish line in ninth place with a time of 21:09. He was followed in the scoring by Dave Owens (21:32), John Burkhart (22.33), Derrick Nickle (22:40) and Anthony Carei (22:42).
The Dukes won a tiebreaker to determine third and fourth place when Eric Wiggins , the 6th runner for CCC crossed the finish line in 22:58.
Stockton won the meet with a team score of 23 and Bloomfield finished second with a team score of 59.
The Dukes women placed four runners in the top 58, but did not get a team score.
Cumberland Regional graduate Jessica Haff led the Dukes with a time of 31:04.
Sarah Singer (31:21), Kaitlynn Arena (35:15) and Candice Brown (42:35) were the other Duke runners.
Next up for the Dukes is the Goldey-Beacom Fall Classic at Carousel Park in Wilmington, DE.
Men place second
The Dukes men showed last year was no fluke.
Only Bloomfield was better on this Saturday. Second out of nine times is indeed a strong finish.
Vineland High’s Dave Owens led a strong team attack, finishing the 6.2 mile course in 31:19, good for seventh place.
Owens was followed by John Burkhart (32:06), Derrick Nickle (32:54), and Dave Bertulis (32:57). Josh Smith, who ran a 34:03 rounded out the scoring for the Dukes.
Bloomfield won the meet and Lancaster Bible and Goldey-Beacom finished third and fourth.
The Duke women put on an improved showing at the Goldey-Beacom Classic, placing four women in the top seventy-one runner.
Cumberland Regional graduate Jessica Haaf was the first Dukes woman to cross the finish line in twnety-eighth place with a time of 25:31.
Kaitlynn Arena (28:15), Sarah Singer (30:34) and Candace Brown (36:08) rounded out the Dukes team.
Next up for the Dukes is he Army Prep Invitational at Holmdel Park.