Women Take Fifth, Men Sixth at ACC Championships
Oct. 27, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Wake Forest women's cross country team finished fifth and the men finished sixth at the 2017 ACC Cross Country Championships held at EP Tom Sawyer Park Friday morning.

The women's fifth-place finish was the best team finish since they took third in 2008 while the men's sixth-place result was the highest finish since also placing sixth in 2010.

"I am incredibly proud of both the men's and the women's team," said head coach John Hayes. "I'm also very proud of my tremendous staff."

Freshman Mitchell Day and sophomore Samantha Halvorsen earned All-ACC honors as they paced the Demon Deacons for the third-consecutive meet and finished within the top 21 competitors. Because of his finish, Day was named the ACC Men's Freshman of the Year, Wake Forest's first-ever male Freshman of the Year honoree.

Running in his first ACC Championship, Day finished 13th overall with a time of 23:56.2, the best individual finish by a Demon Deacon male since Sean Stevens finished 11th in 2005. Day also earned All-ACC honors for finishing in the top 21, the first of such honor by a Deacon since 2005 when Stevens earned the honor after finishing in the top-14. It was the first time a Wake Forest freshman earned All-Conference honors since Stevens did so his freshman year in 2003.

Jack Tiernan was next to cross the line for the men with in 34th with a time of 24:16.1. Mitchell Dyer and Craig Corti finished 44th and 45th, respectively, to round out the Deacs in the top 50.

As a team, the men finished with 182 points and averaged a time of 24:21.30. Syracuse took the men's title for the sixth-straight year with 27 points.

"These young men inspire me to work harder everyday," said Hayes. "We lost one of our top guys at 5k and the ream responded to the adversity like a team should. The future is bright for our program!"

On the women's side, Halvorsen paced the Deacs and finished 14th with a time of 20:30.8. It was the best finish by a female Deac since Sam Jones finished third in 2015 and the first All-ACC honor since Jones in 2015 as well.

Hannah Brookover was second for the Deacs, finishing 32nd overall with a time of 21:05.9, while Mimi Smith was right behind her in 33rd at 21:10.5. Eliza Lukens-Day wrapped up the Deacs in the top 50 with a 37th place finish and a time of 21:16.9.

The women's team finished fifth with 166 points and averaged a time of 21:09.02. NC State claimed the title on the women's side for the second consecutive year with 43 total points.

"I'm really happy with today's result," said women's head coach Michelle Chewens. "Sam Halvorsen led the team well up front. We were sitting around 12th at the 2k mark and the women grouped up and did a trememdous job of working together and cutting down the second half of the race. It was another big step forward for the program. Now we buckle down and prepare for regionals in two weeks."

Up next, the Demon Deacons will compete at the NCAA Southeast Regional held Nov. 10 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Women's Team Results (5 of 15)
1. NC State, 43 points
2. Louisville, 109 points
3. Virginia Tech, 129 points
4. Syracuse, 134 points
5. Wake Forest, 166 points

Women's Individual Results
14. Samantha Halvorsen, 20:30.8
32. Hannah Brookover, 21:05.9
33. Mimi Smith, 21:10.5
37. Eliza Lukens-Day, 21:16.9
53. Cate Allen, 21:41.0
77. Anna Campbell, 22:02.9
83. Kathryn Kenwood, 22:09.8

Men's Team Results (6 of 15)
1. Syracuse, 27 points
2. Virginia Tech, 73 points
3. NC State, 98 points
4. Virginia, 100 points
6. Wake Forest, 182 points

Men's Individual Results
13. Mitchell Day, 23:56.2
34. Jack Tiernan, 24:16.1
44. Mitchell Dyer, 24:27.9
45. Craig Corti, 24:28.6
52. Sebastian Fischbach, 24:37.7
76. Alex Turner, 25:07.8
83. Robert Heppenstall, 25:17.4
94. William Hunsdale, 25:32.3
DNF. Daniel Viegra