Deacons Compete for Regional Qualifying Standards at Roanoke Twilight
May 10, 2012
ROANOKE, Va. - Eight members of the Wake Forest track & field teams competed in the Virginia Tech / Roanoke College Twilight Qualifier on Thursday evening at Roanoke College's Homer Best Track in an attempt to qualify for or improve upon their current season-best marks.
The meet served as one of three last-chance NCAA First Round East Regional qualifiers that the Demon Deacons will take part in this weekend. The top 48 declared athletes in each region per event qualify for the NCAA First Round Meets, which will take place May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Fla. The top 12 athletes from each region then advance to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 6-9.
Final regional rankings and qualifying marks will not be released until later next week, following the conclusion of all last-chance qualifying meets.
On the women's side, Caitlin Crawford and Casey Fowler finished in second and third place, respectively, in the 1500 meters. Crawford turned in her third-best time of the season, finishing in 4:33.08, and Fowler was close behind in 4:33.84.
Two Demon Deacons set new season-best marks in the 1500 meters on Thursday evening, as sophomore Alexander Rose finished second overall in the event with a time of 3:47.04 and senior Paul Loeser finished close behind in fourth place. Loeser also set a new career-best time of 3:50.51 in the 1500, surpassing his previous top time of 3:52.84.
Junior Anthony Marois also competed in the 1500 for Wake Forest, finishing eighth overall in 3:57.93.
Garret Drogosch rounded out the competition for Wake Forest on the men's side, racing to a fourth-place finish in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:20.56, his second-best mark of the season.
Five field athletes and one sprinter will represent the Deacs in action tomorrow and Saturday at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta. School record-holder Ben Lincoln and Patrick Donelan will compete in the javelin throw on Friday evening, along with Sarah Brobeck of the women's squad.
Freshmen Nyki Caldwell (high jump) and Montasia Golden (triple jump) will attempt to achieve qualifying marks in their respective events on Saturday, and freshman Daniel Harrison will seek an NCAA Regional qualifying time in the 400 meters on Saturday afternoon.
Complete recaps of action from both Friday and Saturday's competition will be posted at the conclusion of each day's events.