Deacs Place Five on All-ACC Academic Team
April 20, 2017

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Five members of the Wake Forest men’s and women’s track teams have been named to the Indoor Track & Field All-ACC Academic Team, the conference announced Thursday, April 20.

Seniors Ellie Abrahamson, Amy Collins, Kathryn Lazarchick and Charlie Ionata as well as sophomore Robert Heppenstall earned Indoor Track & Field All-ACC Academic Team honor for the first time in their careers.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team as every student-athlete selected to the 2017 All-ACC Men’s or Women’s Track and Field Academic Team earned All-America and/or All-ACC honors this past season.

Abrahamson, who studies business and enterprise management, finished fourth in the 3,000m at the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championship with a personal best time of 9:22.18 for Second Team All-ACC honors. A native of Carlsbad, California, Abrahamson has finished in the top-10 in all six events she has competed in her senior year.

A native of Holden, Massachusetts, Collins earned two Second Team All-ACC honors at the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championship in February. The health and exercise science major finished sixth in the high jump at the championship meet and sixth in the pentathlon with a personal best score of 3,808, five points shy of the school record.

Biology major and Mobile, Alabama native, Lazarchick took fourth place in the mile at the ACC Championship with a personal best time of 4:41.86. Lazarchick finished in the top-10 in all six of her regular season indoor meets, including a first-place finish in the 3,000m at the Virginia Tech Invitational with a personal best time of 9:41.44.

Ionata, who hails from Barrington, Rhode Island native, had a standout indoor season that culminated in a sixth-place finish in the weight throw at the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championship. A sociology major, Ionata broke the school record in the event with a throw of 21.11m (69’ 3.25”) at the UCS Invitational. He replaced the previous school record mark of 20.09m (65’ 11”) he set last season.

Heppenstall, a sophomore and communication major, finished third in the men’s 800m at the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championship. Heppenstall’s time of 1:46.71 broke the school record of 1:47.35 that he had set his freshman year at the conference indoor championship. The Hamilton, Ontario native went on to finish fifth in the 800m at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championship for First Team All-America honors.

The Demon Deacons are set to compete in the Virginia Challenge April 21-22. The Deacs will spend a day at the Tennessee Challenge on May 6 before heading to Atlanta, Georgia for the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championship May 12-14.



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