Deacs Claim Five Event Titles at Navy Invitational
Jan. 13, 2018

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Wake Forest men's and women's track and field teams claimed five event titles and 17 top-five finishes at the Navy Invitational over the weekend. The Demon Deacons were competing in their second meet of the 2017-18 indoor season and in their first meet away from Winston-Salem.

Jordan Banks and Brionne Pyles kicked off 2018 competition for the Demon Deacons Friday afternoon in the women's pentathlon.

Banks had a career day, not only winning the pentathlon, but setting personal bests in all five events. On the track, Banks ran 8.90 in the 60m hurdles, 0.26 faster than her personal previous best, and 2:24.70 in the 800m, three seconds faster than her last record. In the field, she cleared the 1.57m (5-1.75) bar for the high jump, nearly four inches higher than last year, threw for 10.01m (32-10.25) in the shot put, which was nearly three feet further than her previous best throw, and jumped 5.47m (17-11.5) in the long jump, three inches further than last year. Overall, she finished with 3,614 points, a 493-point improvement from last season.

"Jordan had a huge personal best on Friday," said head coach John Hayes about her performance. "She has put in a ton of work in the off season and has made big gains. She is the team captain and she continues to lead by example everyday."

Banks was joined by freshman Brionne Pyles, who was competing in her first-ever collegiate pentathlon. Pyles took second with a total of 3,127 points and finished second in three of the five total events en route to second place.

On Saturday, the Deacons collected four additional titles and 15 top-five finishes. Cate Allen won the women's 3000m event, Alva Hicks claimed the weight throw title, Robert Heppenstall earned the title in the 1000m run and Mitchell Dyer won the mile.

On the women's side, Allen won the women's 3000m run in a field of 17 competitors with a time of 10:02.63 while Mimi Smith and grad transfer Eliza Lukens-Day recorded personal bests in the women's mile to finish third and fourth, respectively, at 4:54.66 and 4:55.43. Smith's time was nearly 39 seconds faster than this time last year while Lukens-Day had a near-15 second improvement from her personal best set when she was at Brown.

Freshman Cydney Delley finished fifth in the 400m dash with a time of 57.67, a 0.25 improvement from her collegiate debut in December at the UNCG Early Bird Duals, while the 4x400m relay team consisting of Delley, Banks, Maya Hinton and Sarah Johnson finished fourth with a time of 3:52.84.

In the field, Hicks won her second consecutive weight throw event with a throw of 18.28m while freshman Janese Lynch finished fourth in the shot put with a mark of 14.51m. Tesia Kempski took second in the pole vault after clearing the 3.75m bar while Alexandria Florent finished third in the high jump at 1.75m.

On the men's side, Heppenstall, in his first career 1000m race, claimed the title with a time of 2:23.83. The men went one-two in the event as Sebastian Fischbach took second with a two-second personal best time of 2:26.29.

Also on the track, John Archie finished fourth in the 800m with a time of 1:55.62 while Mitchell Day took fourth in the 3000m with a time of 8:21.59. The men's 4x400m relay team, consisting of Kaleb Bryant, Archie, Dakota Greenwalt and Heppenstall came in fifth with a time of 3:18.87.

Up next, the Deacs return to Winston-Salem to compete at the Wake Forest Invitational, held Jan. 20-21 at the JDL Fast Track.

Women's Pentathlon
1. Jordan Banks, 3,614
2. Brionne Pyles, 3,127

Women's 400m Dash
5. Cydney Delley, 57.67
8. Sarah Johnson, 58.54

Women's 500m Dash
6. Maya Hinton, 1:19.27

Women's 1000m Run
9. Kaitlin Derry, 3:03.77

Women's 1 Mile Run
3. Mimi Smith, 4:54.66
4. Eliza Lukens-Day, 4:55.43

Women's 3000m Run
1. Cate Allen, 10:02.63

Women's 4x400m Relay
4. Delley, Banks, Hinton, Johnson, 3:52.84

Women's High Jump
3. Alexandria Florent, 1.75m (5-8.75)

Women's Pole Vault
2. Tesia Kempski, 3.75m (12-3.5)

Women's Shot Put
4. Janese Lynch, 14.51m (47-7.25)
10. Alva Hicks, 12.50m (41-0.25)

Women's Weight Throw
1. Alva Hicks, 18.28m (59-11)
16. Janese Lynch, 12.05m (39-6)

Men's 60m Dash
11. Noah Shute, 7.07

Men's 200m Dash
9. Noah Shute, 22.43
13. Matt Konigsberg, 23.05

Men's 400m Dash
8. Kaleb Bryant, 50.63

Men's 500m Dash
13. Mark Smith, 1:11.12

Men's 800m Run
4. John Archie, 1:55.62
6. Dakota Greenwalt, 1:56.40

Men's 1000m Run
1. Robert Heppenstall, 2:23.83
2. Sebastian Fischbach, 2:26.29 
8. Nick Beglane, 2:33.23

Men's 1 Mile Run
1. Mitchell Dyer, 4:10.48
7. Daniel Viegra, 4:17.07

Men's 3,000m Run
4. Mitchell Day, 8:21.59
7. Jack Tiernan, 8:30.04
8. Craig Corti, 8:34.31
14. Alex Turner, 8:53.07

Men's 4x400m Relay
5. Bryant, Archie, Greenwalt, Heppenstall, 3:18.87
7. Beglane, Konigsberg, Fischbach, Smith, 3:24.44

Men's Shot Put
6. Max Adams, 14.73m (48-4)