Deacs Set to Race in Clemson Invitational Friday
Sept. 15, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest cross country teams will return to racing action on Friday as they travel to Seneca, S.C. for the Clemson Invitational. The race will be held at the Musser Farms Fruit Research Center.
The women's 6k race is set to begin at 6:15 p.m., with the men's 8k race following directly afterwards at 6:45 p.m.
Along with Wake Forest, schools competing in the race include Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Anderson (S.C.), Chattahoochee Tech, Converse, Davidson, Erskine, Furman, King College, and USC Upstate.
Full team and individual results will be available Friday at www.flashresults.com following the conclusion of both races.
Last Time Out
Sophomore Nicole Irving captured the individual title at the meet for the second consecutive season with a 5k time of 18:23.8. Irving's time placed her a full 17 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
Also finishing in the top-ten for the Deacs was junior Allison Homer (fifth place) and sophomore Melanie Powers (seventh). Just like Irving, Powers also raced well as a freshman at last year's Covered Bridge Open, and her time of 18:52.4 this season was the second-best mark of her career.
Irving Named ACC Performer of the Week
Freshmen Make Early Impact
Waggoner led the way with a 16th-place finish in her collegiate debut, covering the 5k course in 19:20.2. The West Hartford, Conn. native was one of only two freshmen to finish in the top-20 at the meet.
Oliver also turned in a successful collegiate cross country debut with a time of 20:07.3 to place fifth on the team, and Sukramani finished sixth among Wake Forest runners with a time of 21:33.9.
Loeser Shines in Season Debut
It seems as if his summer training has certainly paid off, as Loeser spent several weeks running in Quito, Ecuador, at an altitude of approximately 93,000 feet. The local product out of Mount Tabor High School is now logging 95 miles per week, which is more than he has completed in past years.
Men's Squad at Covered Bridge Open
It marked the first collegiate cross country race for Rose, although he competed with the Deacs last year during both the indoor and outdoor track seasons.
Wake Forest finished seventh overall at the meet with a total of 151 points.