Deacs Place Five on All-ACC Academic Teams
June 28, 2017

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Five members of the Wake Forest men's and women's track and field teams were named to the 2017 All-ACC Outdoor Track and Field Academic Team, the conference announced Wednesday (June 28).

Seniors Ellie Abrahamson and Amy Collins received the honor for the women while senior Charlie Ionata, sophomore Robert Heppenstall and freshman Elijah Shalaway were selected on the men's side.

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.

Abrahamson, a business & enterprise management major, finished seventh at the NCAA Championships in the 3000m steeplechase to earn All-American honors. She broke the 13-year-old school record in the event earlier in the season and continued to lower her time as the season wore on. Abrahamson, who graduated in May, was named to the All-ACC Cross Country and All-ACC Indoor Track and Field Academic teams earlier this year.

A health and exercise science graduate, Collins garnered First Team All-ACC honors with a third-place finish in the heptathlon at the ACC Championships. She finished the two-day competition with a score of 5,387, a career best, and set outdoor personal best marks in all seven events. Collins was also named to the All-ACC Indoor Track and Field Academic team earlier this season.

Heppenstall, who studies communication, is receiving All-ACC Outdoor Academic Team honors for the second time in his career. This season, he broke a 22-year old school record in the 800m with his fourth-place, 1:46.68 finish at the NCAA Championships. Heppenstall finished his sophomore season with All-American, First Team All-ACC and All-ACC Academic Team honors in both indoor and outdoor track.

Ionata, who graduated in May with a degree in sociology, is receiving the All-ACC Outdoor Academic team honor for the second time in his career. Ionata broke his own school record in the hammer throw early in the season and continued to improve as the season continued. Ionata was named to the All-ACC Indoor Track and Field Academic team earlier this season.

Shalaway was the only freshman to represent the Demon Deacons in the NCAA East Preliminary round this season. Shalaway, who is currently undeclared in a field, finished third in the javelin at the ACC Championships to earn First Team All-ACC honors.