Nov. 9, 2017
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)
|NCAA Southeast Regional Championship
||Friday, Nov. 10
||Charlottesville, Va. (Panorama Farms) Facility Info | Weather
||Women's 6k Championship- 10:30 a.m. | Men's 10k Championship - 11:30 a.m.
||Live Results | @WakeTrack
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Wake Forest men’s and women’s cross country teams head to Charlottesville, Va. this Friday for the 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Southeast Regional Championships. The meet, which is hosted by the University of Virginia, will take place at Panorama Farms.
Fourteen Demon Deacons are set to compete, including seven on the men’s side and seven on the women’s. The women will kick off the competition in the 6k at 10:30 a.m. while the men will follow in the 10k at 11:30 a.m.
“Both of our teams have worked very hard to be in this position,” said head coach John Hayes. “Tomorrow will give us an opportunity for our program to take another step forward. These kids motivate our staff every day to be better.”
Thirty-nine men’s teams and 41 women’s teams will be competing for a place in the NCAA Championships. The top-two teams from each of the nine regionals will earn 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 are selected at-large by the selection committee.
The Demon Deacon women enter Friday’s competition ranked sixth in the Southeast region while the men are 11th. Last season, the women finished fifth, just 23 points shy of a championship auto-bid while the men placed 16th.
“I'm excited for Friday,” said women’s head coach Michelle Chewens. “This is what we've been training for all season. It's a tough region this year with five nationally ranked teams and a few others that have run well so it will be a battle. But I'm really confident in our fitness and if our student-athletes run what they are capable of running, we will have a great result.”
Wake Forest is coming off a solid performance at the ACC Championships on Oct. 27. The women's team finished fifth, the best finish since 2008, and the men finished sixth, their highest finish since 2010. Mitchell Day and Samantha Halvorsen earned All-ACC honors with their 13th and 14th-place finishes, respectively, while Mitchell Day became the first male Deacon to earn ACC Freshman of the Year honors.