Wake Forest Starts Season Strong at Demon Deacon Quad Meet
Freshman Jimmy McAlister (pictured) teamed with senior Nate Guthals to pace the Deacons.

Aug. 31, 2012

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest men's and women's cross country team opened the season with strong showings at the Demon Deacon Quad on Friday evening at the Cross Country Trail on campus.

For the men, the Deacons totaled 14 points to finish second. High Point finished in first with eight points, Elon totaled 25 points for third place and UNC Greensboro had 31 points to finish fourth.

Senior Nate Guthals and freshman Jimmy McAlister were the top Wake Forest team with a combined time of 48:38. The pair placed third overall.

The winning pair from High Point, junior Patrick Crawford and sophomore Jeff LaCoste, finished the 8k with a combined time of 47:59.

Taking fourth place, seniors Garret Drogosch and Jake Graham crossed the line with a combined time of 49:08. Senior Tom Finneran and sophomore Connor Crowley had a total time of 49:52 to take eighth place, while senior Anthony Marois and freshman Kent Garrett placed ninth with a combined mark of 50:19. In their collegiate debut, freshmen Ryan Horgan and Thomas Diliberto recorded a combined time of 54:51.

On the women's side, the Deacons tallied a score of 21 points to place third. Elon won the meet with six points, while High Point took second with a score of 19. UNC Greensboro placed fourth with 32 points.

Sophomore Melanie Powers and freshman Samantha Jones were the top team for the Deacons, finishing the 5k in a combined time of 39:01.2.

Elon freshman Elyse Bierut and junior Allyon Oram took first place with a combined mark of 37:28.7.

"This part for us is just a starting point, and honestly we won't know how we've done as a group until we look at our splits," said Wake Forest assistant coach Brad Hunt. "Our goal today was for everybody to run faster on their last loop than their first loop.

"For us two meets will mean the most, our ACC Championships at the end of October and our regional meet to qualify for Nationals mid November. We have a long way to go, and we certainly hope that it's a good starting point for us to get better throughout the year."

Wake Forest has next weekend off and will return to action by traveling to Blacksburg, Va. for the Virginia Tech Preview on Friday, Sept. 14.

1. High Point 8
2. Wake Forest 14
3. Elon 23
4. UNC Greensboro 33

1. Elon 6
2. High Point 19
3. Wake Forest 21
4. UNC Greensboro 32



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