Demon Deacons Wrap Up Competition at NCAA Southeast Regional
Nov. 10, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Wake Forest women's cross country team finished sixth while the men took 11th at the 2017 NCAA Southeast Regional Championships Friday morning at Panorama Farms.

"The women ran very well today and put themselves close to qualifying for the NCAA meet for the second year in a row," said head coach John Hayes. "The men did not run well and that falls directly on me. With that being said, we made great strides as a team this year. I fully expect that in one year, both of our teams will be in the mix to make the NCAA meet if they continue the consistent hard work. Now it's time to rest and get ready for the indoor season."

In a field that included five nationally ranked teams, the women finished sixth out of 37 teams with 187 points. NC State and Furman automatically qualifed for the NCAA Championships on the women's side. The men finished 11th of 32 teams, their best finish since 2014, with 301 points. Furman and Virginia Tech advanced to the championships on the men's side.

"The women ran well today," said women's head coach Michelle Chewens. "Sam Halvorsen did a tremendous job of leading us as she has all season. This year was a much more competitive region and to finish sixth is a big accomplishment."

Coming off her 14th-place finish at the ACC Championships, sophomore Samantha Halvorsen led the Deacs once again with a time of 20:59.9, good for 20th. With the 20th-place finish, Halvorsen earned All-Region honors to add on to the All-ACC honors she earned two weeks ago.  Hannah Brookover crossed the line next for the Deacs in 32nd while Mimi Smith came in 35th. Eliza Lukens-Day capped off the Deacs' top 50 finishes, crossing the line at 48th.

"This entire championship season has really shown the progress we've made over the last year and a half, which makes me extremely excited for the future," continued Chewens.

ACC Freshman of the Year Mitchell Day paced the men and finished 34th in his first-ever regional competition. Craig Corti took 39th while Sebastian Fischbach finished 66th, both of which were career-best finishes.

The top two teams from each of the nine regionals earned a bid to the NCAA Championship (18 total), while 13 additional teams will earn at-large bids. Additionally, 36 individuals automatically qualify to the championships races by being one of the top four regional finishers not on an advancing team. Two additional individuals earn at-large selections from the selection committee. Both the team and individual at-large selections will be announced Nov. 11 at 3 p.m.

Women's Team
1. NC State, 68 points
2. Furman, 83 points
3. Eastern Kentucky, 136 points
4. Virginia Tech, 138 points
6. Wake Forest, 187 points

Women's Individual Results
20. Samantha Halvorsen, 20:59.9
32. Hannah Brookover, 21:21.3
35. Mimi Smith, 21:27.8
48. Eliza Lukens-Day, 21:45.2
52. Cate Allen, 21:50.8
90. Anna Campbell, 22:24.3
124. Kathryn Kenwood, 22:46.9

Men's Team Results
1. Furman, 55 points
2. Virginia Tech, 109
3. Virginia, 130
4. NC State, 166
11. Wake Forest, 301

Men's Individual Results
34. Mitchell Day, 30:15.9
39. Craig Corti, 30:23.8
66. Sebastian Fischbach, 30:54.4
74. Jack Tiernan, 31:06.8
93. Alex Turner, 31:29.6
111. Mitchell Dyer, 31:53.6