March 15, 2013
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Mytoia Gathings and Ben Lincoln's record-breaking performances headlined the opening day of action for the Demon Deacons in the 2013 Wake Forest Open hosted at Kentner Stadium on Friday.
Gathings sprinted her way into Wake Forest history in the finals of the 100m dash. The junior slipped past Carol Merritt's previous school record of 11.97 set in 2001 with a fantastic run of 11.89 to finish second overall in the event.
Lincoln also added yet another mark to his storied career in the old gold and black. The senior from Hingham, Mass., replaced himself yet again at the top of Wake's javelin throw charts with a winning throw of 247-3 (75.36m) that also smashed the previous Kentner Stadium facility record set in 2006.
The Demon Deacons will return to action on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. with the women's javelin throw. Track events will kick off at 11:00 a.m. with the men's 4x400m relay.
Women's 100m Dash (Prelims)
Both Gathings and Myesha Barr advanced to the finals of the event, finishing fifth (12.16) and sixth (12.32), respectively.
Women's 100m Dash (Finals)
Women's 100m Hurdles (Prelims)
Gathings paced the Deacs and shattered the previous school record in the event in the process, replacing Carol Merritt at the top of the record books with a time of 11.89 and a second-place finish. Barr earned a sixth-place finish after finishing in 12.17.
was the lone competitor for Wake Forest, finishing 17th and crossing the line in 15.35, just shy of her personal-best time of 15.07 in the event.
Men's 110m Hurdles (Prelims)
Malcolm Nunley represented the Deacs and placed 10th overall with a time of 14.74, also just shy of his personal-best mark of 14.56.
Women's 400m Dash
Brianna Dekine led the way for Wake, logging a strong fourth-place finish behind a time of 56.09.
Men's 400m Dash
Daniel Harrison finished 10th overall with a speedy time of 48.93, followed by Nunley in 46th who completed the sprint in 51.39.
Women's 1,500m Run
Wake Forest posted a 1-2-3 finish and claimed five of the top seven spots in the mid-distance event. Ashley Brubaker took home the gold after crossing the line in 4:36.25, Kaitlyn Oliver trailed just behind her in second with a time of 4:36.56 and Samantha Jones earned a third-place finish in 4:37.93. Kathleen Darling took sixth in 4:40.33, while Aubrey Waggoner finished seventh overall in 4:42.37. These times represent new personal-best marks for every athlete in the event.
Men's 1,500m Run
Kyle Graves and Alexander Rose gave the Deacs two top-five finishers in the 1,500m run. Graves brought home the victory in a stellar time of 3:48.36, while Rose took fourth in 3:49.63. Anthony Marois placed eighth overall, logging a mark of 3:52.99, and Ryan Horgan rounded out the Deacon contingent in 12th place after finishing in 3:56.93.
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase
Jake Graham and Nate Guthals finished back-to-back in the steeplechase, coming in third and fourth, respectively. Graham completed the race in 9:27.30, while Guthals, competing in the event for the first time in his career, finished in 9:32.52.
Men's 5,000m Run
Connor Crowley paced Wake Forest with a seventh-place finish in 14:55.43, a new personal-best for the sophomore by more than 20 seconds. Brian O'Toole also set a new personal-best mark by more than 40 seconds by finishing 11th in 15:00.26. Evan Little rounded out the field for the Deacs in 39th with a time of 15:53.80.
Men's Javelin Throw
Lincoln stepped up in a huge way for the Deacons, powering his way past his own school record with a throw of 247-3 (75.36m), which also set a new Kentner Stadium facility record, to post his first victory of 2013. Patrick Donelan finished seventh in the event after a toss of 199-10 (60.90m), while Aiden McConnell set a new personal-best throw of 167-0 (50.90m) to finish in 19th place.
Women's Triple Jump
Erin Brooks earned a victory for Wake Forest, taking home the gold with a leap of 40-9.75 (12.44m). Montasia Golden followed closely behind her teammate, taking third place after jumping a distance of 38-11.5 (11.87m). Phoebe Kershaw also competed for the Demon Deacons, placing 17th with a mark of 35-6 (10.82m).
Women's High Jump
Nyki Caldwell starred for the Deacs, hauling in a third-place finish after jumping to a new outdoor personal-best height of 5-8 (1.73m).
Men's Shot Put
Dual-sport athlete Tylor Harris led the way for Wake, placing eighth with a heave of 50-9.5 (15.48m) for a new personal-best in the event. Steve Michaelsen followed just behind with a throw of 50-0.5 (15.25m) to finish 10th.
Men's Hammer Throw
Nate Wooten set a new personal-best mark in the event, tossing a distance of 156-9 (47.77m) to finish in 12th place.