North Carolina State freshman Kevin Antczak ran an 8K personal-best 23:59 and placed 35th out of nearly 150 runners in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships Friday.
And Duke freshman Austin Gabay wasn’t far behind.
The race was held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C., just outside Raleigh.
Atczak, a Foot Locker finalist from Mainland Regional, was the No. 6 freshman in the race and N.C. State’s sixth runner in his first ACC meet.
North Carolina State finished second to Notre Dame, 54-40.
Antczak finished only 29 seconds behind the first freshman in the race, Notre Dame’s Joshua Methner, who was 11th.
From 23:27 to 23:59 there were 30 finishers, or about one per second. So Antczak was only 29 seconds out of the top 10 – less than six seconds per mile.
Antczak, a Northfield native, was 8th at Foot Locker last fall. He’s has PR’d over 8,000 meters in each of his races this year.
He ran 25:48 in his debut in late September at the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, then ran 24:23 at the Wolfpack Invitational at WakeMed last month.
Gabay, who ran 9:00.27 for Cinnaminson at the indoor Meet of Champions in March, finished just 12 seconds behind Antczak, running 24:11 and finishing 40th overall. Gabay was Duke’s fifth runner.
Gabay has also PR’d in each of his 8K races this fall with a 25:41 at the Virginia Tech Invite and a 24:26 at the Panorama Farms Invitational in Earlysville, Va., in October.