Wake Forest will head to Clemson, South Carolina for the 2018 indoor conference meet
Feb. 21, 2018
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Wake Forest men’s and women’s track and field programs are set to open the postseason with the 2018 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships, held Feb. 22-24 at the Clemson Indoor Track and Field Complex.
The Demon Deacons will be represented in 16 events, seven on the men’s and nine on the women’s, in the three-day competition.
The schedule for the Deacs begins at 12 p.m. on Thursday with Jordan Banks in the pentathlon. Banks enters the competition with the fourth-best point total in the conference at 3614, which was set at the Navy Invitational earlier this season.
The men’s distance medley relay will also compete on Thursday.
On Friday, the action for Wake Forest beings at 1:15 p.m. with the women’s 5000m. Thirteen student-athletes will compete on the track on Friday, including Robert Heppenstall in the men’s 800m, who enters the competition first in the conference in the event. Heppenstall is looking to break his school record of 1:46.71 in the event, set last year at ACCs.
Freshman Mitchell Day will also compete in the 5000m on Friday. Day had a third-place finish in the 5000m at the Music City Challenge earlier this season, crossing the line at 14:21.76, just six seconds shy of the school record time of 14:15.77 set in 2006.
Three Deacons are set to compete in the field on Friday, including Tesia Kempski in the pole vault and Alva Hicks in the weight throw. Hicks broke her own school record in the event earlier this season and enters the competition with the fourth-best mark in the ACC. Alexandria Florent will wrap up the day in the high jump and she enters the conference meet with the second-best height in the ACC.
On Saturday, competition for the Deacs begins at 10:30 a.m. with Janese Lynch in the women’s shot put. It’s the finals day of competition on the track, as Friday marks the preliminary rounds, and the meet will conclude with an awards ceremony after the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay.
ACC Network Extra will live stream action during the final two days, with former Olympic decathlon gold medalist Dan O’Brien serving as color analyst. Veteran ESPN play-by-play announcer Shawn Kenney and sideline reporter Hanna Yates will join O’Brien in the broadcast. Coverage will air from 3:30 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. on Friday, February 23, and from noon until the meet’s conclusion (approximately 4:30 p.m.) on Saturday, February 24.
Last season at Indoors, Heppenstall earned First Team All-ACC honors with his third-place finish in the men’s 800m. Florent brought home Second Team All-ACC honors with her fifth-place finish in the high jump and Hicks earned First Team honors with a third-place finish in the women’s weight throw.
Pending the outcome of this weekend, the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held March 9-10 at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium in College Station, Texas.
Women’s 4x400m Relay
Women’s High Jump
Women’s Pole Vault
Women’s Shot Put
Women’s Weight Throw
Men’s 4x400m Relay
Men’s Distance Medley Relay
Men’s Shot Put