Irving, Drogosch Lead Deacs at NCAA Southeast Regional Meet
Senior Nate Guthals clocked a time of 31:33.88

Nov. 9, 2012

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By Maggie Cancelosi, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -The Wake Forest men's cross country team ranked 9th out of 34 teams, while the women placed out 12th of 37 teams at the NCAA Southeast Regional on Friday afternoon at Charlotte's McAlpine Park.

Despite being hampered by injury, junior Nicole Irving clocked a time of 20:53.13 to finish first for Wake Forest and thirteenth overall. Irving has paced the Deacs all season by placing first for the squad in five consecutive meets.

Freshman Ashley Brubaker was the next Deacon to cross the line at 22:00.44 for 66th place. The Winston-Salem, N.C. native has now placed second for the squad in four consecutive meets.

Marking a personal-best 6k time of the season, freshman Kathleen Darling placed 78th with a mark of 22:11.34. Sophomore Aubrey Waggoner also recorded a personal-best 6k time of 22:13.96 to take 81st place.

Racing in her second meet of the season, sophomore Kaitlyn Oliver clocked a time of 22:25.27 for 94th place, while freshman Meredith Kilburn rounded out the Deacs with a mark of 22:43.66.

For the men's squad, Garret Drogosch was the first Deacon to reach the finish line with a time of 30:52.37 to secure 29th place. Drogosch improved from his 10k mark of 31:10.4 at last year's NCAA Southeast Regional Meet hosted in Louisville, Ky. where he also finished first for the squad. The Westlake Village, Calif. native has finished first for the Deacs at three meets this season.

Along with Drogosch's new personal 10k best at the NCAA Southeast Regional, Nate Guthals, Alexander Rose Tom Finneran and Jake Graham all improved from their times at last year's meet.

Senior Nate Guthals (31:33.88) and junior Alexander Rose (31:34.07) finished within less than a second of each other to secure 58th and 59th places.

Following Rose, freshman Kent Garrett crossed the line at 31:41.73 for 64th place. Finishing in the top-100, seniors Tom Finneran (78th place) and Jake Graham (97th place) with marks of 31:55.36 and 32:20.12, respectively.

Sophomore Connor Crowley rounded out the Deacons after clocking a time of 33:57.72

Kentucky's Cally Macumber won the individual title on the women's side in a time of 20:10.98, while Duke took home the team title with 81 points.

On the men's side, Eastern Kentucky's Soufiane Bouchikhi claimed the individual title in a time of 29:32.37, while Virginia secured the win with a first-place team finish with a mere 64 points.



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