Wake Forest travels to Louisville, Ky. for the 2017 ACC Championships held Friday, Oct. 27
Oct. 26, 2017
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Sixteen Demon Deacons are set to compete in the 2017 ACC Cross Country Championships, held October 27 at EP Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky.
The men will kick off the day with the 8k championship at 10 a.m., followed by the women's 6k championship at 11 a.m. Both races will be carried live on ACC Network Extra.
2017 marks the first year that the ACC Cross Country Championships will be held at Sawyer Park, which played host to the Pre-Nationals earlier this month and will be the site of the NCAA Division I Championships on November 18.
Seven women and nine men will represent Wake Forest at the conference meet this year.
"We are very excited about tomorrow," said head coach John Hayes. "It is amazing to see how far we have come as a team since this time last year. Our goal is to finish in the top half of the conference this year."
The men have had a solid season, finishing third in the Adidas XC Challenge and ninth at the Paul Short Run earlier this year. Freshman Mitchell Day has paced the men in the past two competitions, finishing 29th at the Paul Short Run and 56th at the Pre-Nationals Invitational.
Freshmen Day, William Hunsdale, Jack Tiernan and Daniel Viegra will be competing at their first ACC Championships on Friday alongside juniors Mitchell Dyer and Robert Heppenstall. Sophomore Alex Turner, junior Craig Corti and senior Sebastian Fischbach will be returning to the Championship for the second time in their careers.
On the women's side, senior veteran Cate Allen will be running in her fourth career ACC Championships while sophomores Samantha Halvorsen and Kathryn Kenwood and junior Mimi Smith will be competing in their second championship race. It'll be the first ACC Championship experience for freshman Anna Campbell and transfers Hannah Brookover and Eliza Lukens-Day.
"The expectation is that we are always running our best in the later half of the season," said women's head coach Michelle Chewens. "With each race we've gotten better. We had a few solid sessions last week that proved the fitness is there, so I'm excited to see how it all comes together during championship season."
This season, the women finished fifth at the Adidas XC Challenge, 14th at the Paul Short Run and 20th at the Pre-National Invitational. Halvorsen has paced the Deacs in the past two meets, finishing 30th at the Paul Short Run and 47th at the Pre-Nationals Invitational.
"We have a stronger team with a bit more depth, so to improve on our performance from last year and show the progress the program is making is a big goal of ours. Finishing in the top half of the ACC will prove that," said Chewens.
After the ACC Championships, the Deacs will compete at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships on Nov. 11 in Charlottesville, Virignia.