Merckle and Adair Smash Records to End Wake Forest Open
Daniel Harrison set a new personal-best time of 22.11 to finish 19th in the 200m dash on Saturday.

March 16, 2013

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By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Jessie Merckle and Katie Adair soared to the top of the Wake Forest history books in the javelin throw and pole vault during Saturday's action on the final day of the 2013 Wake Forest Open at Kentner Stadium.

Merckle, a freshman from Hickory, Pa., broke the previous school record in the javelin throw by nearly five meters in her first collegiate competition. She also fell just shy of setting the Kentner Stadium facility record in the event.

Adair, who transferred from Oklahoma, continued to star in the pole vault as she did throughout the indoor season. She vaulted to a height of 12-11.5 (3.95m) to break the school record previously held by Jill Ahrens and defeated her nearest competitor in the event by nearly a foot.

Wake Forest will return to action next Saturday, Mar. 23, at High Point's Vertklasse Meeting.

Women's 200m Dash
Mytoia Gathings broke her previous personal-best in the sprint, taking sixth overall with a mark of 24.55. Myesha Barr also set a new personal-best time of 24.77 en route to capturing eighth place.

Brianna Dekine was up next in 22nd with a new personal-best of 25.42, followed by Erin Brooks in 48th (26.28 and a new personal-best) and Erika Martin in 53rd (26.42).

Phoebe Kershaw rounded out the Demon Deacon sprinters, also setting a new personal-best time of 27.52 to finish 82nd.

Men's 200m Dash
Daniel Harrison established a new personal-best, completing the sprint in 22.11 to finish 19th for the Deacons.

Men's 400m Hurdles
Sean Lunkenheimer paced the Deacs with a sixth-place finish in 53.84, while Malcolm Nunley turned in an 11th-place result in 55.28.

Women's 800m Run
Kendal Knous, competing in the outdoor event for the first time in her collegiate career, sped to victory with a strong time of 2:14.73. Natalie Sukramani also shaved more than a second off her previous personal-best in the event, placing 14th overall after crossing the line in 2:19.39.

Men's 800m Run
Eight different Deacons represented Wake in the mid-distance event. Thomas Bojanowski headlined the group, bringing home the win in 1:51.33. Kyle Eager and Michael McEnany were not far behind, placing third (1:52.99) and eighth (1:54.12), respectively.

Alexander Rose was up next, taking 13th with a time of 1:55.22, and Ryan Horgan rounded out the group of five Deacs in the top 20 by earned 20th overall, finishing in 1:56.59.

Anthony Marois (26th, 1:57.86), Nate Guthals (32nd, 1:58.44) and Jake Graham (38th, 1:58.87) were the other competitors for Wake Forest.

Women's 3,000m Run
Wake Forest claimed four of the top five spots and placed five athletes in the top 10 in the long-distance race. Samantha Jones (second, 9:59.15), Kathleen Darling (third, 10:06.43), Ashley Brubaker (fourth, 10:10.34) and Aubrey Waggoner (fifth, 10:10.47) finished tightly together.

The field was rounded out by Meredith Kilburn in ninth with a time of 10:25.58 and Lindsay Kerr in 41st, who crossed the line in 11:58.24. All six of these times represent new personal-bests for the athletes.

Women's 4x100m Relay
The Demon Deacon squad of Gathings, Barr, Montasia Golden and Brooks posted a runner-up finish with a time of 47.03.

Men's 4x400m Relay
Bojanowski, Eager, Harrison and McEnany teamed up to earn a sixth-place finish, crossing the line for Wake Forest in 3:16.48.

Women's Pole Vault
Adair sailed to the top of the Wake Forest record books with the best outdoor vault in school history, breaking the previous record set in 2008 by Jill Ahrens. The freshman's mark of 12-11.5 (3.95m) was more than enough to earn the victory for the Deacs.

Women's Javelin Throw
Merckle, in her first-ever collegiate competition, blew away the school record previously held by Carly Mauch and set in 2008. Merckle earned the win with a heave of 165-1 (50.32m), nearly five meters longer than the previous record. Erika Martin also competed in the event, registering a toss of 107-6 (32.78m) to place 20th.

Women's Long Jump
Kershaw was the lone competitor for Wake Forest, finishing in 27th place following a jump of 15-11.5 (4.86m).

Men's High Jump
Michael Rufrano jumped to a height of 6-4.25 (1.94m) to establish a new personal-best mark and finish in ninth place.

Men's Discus Throw
Steve Michaelsen tossed a distance of 144-0 (43.89m) to claim 12th place, Nate Wooten followed in 17th with a throw of 135-4 (41.25m) and Tylor Harris placed 38th after a toss of 119-7 (36.45m).



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