Deacs Shine on Second Day at ACCs
Alexander Krall
May 14, 2016

Complete Results

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)

The Wake Forest men’s and women’s track and field teams had an eventful second day at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Mike Long Track in Tallahassee, Fla.

Through two days, the Demon Deacon women are in seventh place with 16.5 team points, while the men are in eighth with 14 points.

Senior Jessie Merckle highlighted the Deacs’ day by winning the ACC title in the women’s javelin. The Hickory, Pa. native’s mark of 54.41m was 2.08m better than the rest of the field and made her the conference champion for the third time. Merckle won the event in her freshman and sophomore seasons before placing second as a junior.

Merckle became the second Deacon to win the ACC championship in the same event three times in her career. She joined Janelle Kraus, who won the 5,000m in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

The next best finish on the women’s side was Amy Collins’ eighth-place showing in the heptathlon.

In the men’s decathlon, Alexander Krall earned First Team All-ACC honors by placing third with 7,013 points. The Wake Forest senior was in fifth place through five events entering the day, but jumped up two spots with second-place finishes in the 110m hurdles, the pole vault and the 1,500m.

Krall was also a second team all-league honoree in the indoor men’s heptathlon.

Sophomore John Maurins garnered his fourth all-conference nod (second outdoor) in the shot put with a sixth-place toss of 17.70m.

Also posting a solid finish for the Deacs was Robert Heppenstall, who took third in the men’s 800m prelims with a time of 1:47.94. Heppenstall qualified for Sunday’s final, which is slated to begin at 6:50 p.m.

In total, Wake Forest has six All-ACC athletes through two days. Charlie Ionata (hammer throw), Alva Hicks (hammer throw) and Kathleen Adair (pole vault) made the second team with their Friday performances.

Competition in Tallahassee will conclude on Sunday. Events will begin at 11 a.m.

Men’s 800m (Prelims)
3. Robert Heppenstall, 1:47.94 (q)
15. Simon Holden, 1:50.33
23. Andrew Fea, 1:52.11

Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase
15. Peter Millsaps, 9:51.85

Men’s Shot Put
6. John Maurins, 17.70m (58’ 1”)
12. Frank Ahearn, 15.05m (49’ 4.5”)

Men’s Decathlon
3. Alexander Krall, 7,013 points

Women’s 100m Hurdles (Prelims)
24. Hunter Roberts, 12.45

Women’s 100m Hurdles (Prelims)
17. Hunter Roberts, 13.93

Women’s 400m (Prelims)
24. Sarah Johnson, 56.93

Women’s 800m (Prelims)
18. Isabelle Harouche, 2:11.45

Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase
15. Sarah Fahmy, 11:05.09

Women’s Javelin Throw
1. Jessie Merckle, 54.41m (178’ 6”)

Women’s Heptathlon
8. Amy Collins, 5,001 points