Nicole Irving Claims All-ACC Honor to Lead Deacs at ACC Championships
Senior Paul Loeser

Oct. 29, 2011

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CLEMSON, S.C. - Wake Forest sophomore Nicole Irving placed ninth overall at the ACC Cross Country Championships en route to earning All-ACC honors for the first time of her young career on Saturday morning at the Musser Farms Complex.

Irving completed the 6k course in a personal-best time of 20:38.1.

As a team, the Demon Deacon women finished 10th overall with 264 points.

Fellow sophomore Melanie Powers was next across the line for the Deacs, finishing 59th in a time of 22:06.8, while freshman Kaitlyn Oliver finished 76th overall in 22:56.7.

Casey Fowler was not far behind Oliver, as the redshirt junior finished 78th in 23:00.0. Allison Homer finished 82nd in 23:08.5.

Racing in her first ACC Championships, freshman Aubrey Waggoner placed 94th in a time of 23:49.8, and Madeline DiNardo rounded out the scoring totals for the Deacs by finishing in 24:20.2 to place 98th overall.

The Wake Forest men's cross country team placed seventh overall at the Championships with a total of 212 points.

Junior Garret Drogosch was the first finisher for the Deacs, as he crossed the finish line in a personal-best 8k time of 23:59.9, good for 18th place overall.

Alex Rose was the next finisher for the Deacs, crossing the line in 43rd place with a personal-best time of 24:33.2. Senior Paul Loeser was close behind, placing 49th in a season-best time of 24:40.7.

Junior Tom Finneran was the next Deac across the line, finishing 56th in 24:48.0, while senior Tom Morrison finished 61st in 25:03.3.

Junior Jake Graham finished sixth for the Deacs and 69th overall in 23:13.5, and Nate Guthals rounded out the scoring totals for the Deacs by placing 73rd in 25:20.8.

Also running for the Deacs was freshman Connor Crowley (76th place), freshman Brian O'Toole (79th place), and junior Anthony Marois (89th place)

N.C. State won the team title on the men's side with a total of 51 points, while Florida State claimed their fifth consecutive title on the women's side, amassing a total of 20 points.

N.C. State's Ryan Hill won the men's 8k race in 23:06.3, while North Carolina's Kendra Schaaf placed first for the women with a 6k time of 19:45.3.

The Deacs will return to action on Nov. 12 when they travel to Louisville, Ky. for the NCAA Southeast Regional.



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