Deacons Earn First Team All-ACC Honors at ACC Championships
May 15, 2015
By Josh Gresh, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - John Maurins and Jessie Merckle earned All-ACC First Team honors to lead the Demon Deacons as the Wake Forest track and field teams completed day two of the 2015 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday at Mike Long Track.
Maurins used an incredible comeback to take second in the men's shot put, while Merckle turned in a strong performance in the women's javelin to also earn a second place finish. After two days at the ACC Championships, the Deacons have four athletes who have earned All-ACC Honors.
Maurins put on a display to remember in the men's shot put finals through tough weather conditions that consisted of rain and wind. Standing in fourth place after five rounds with one attempt left, Maurins withstood the elements and used his final attempt to heave a monster throw for a new personal record distance of 18.73m (61-5.5) for a second place finish. He earned All-ACC First Team honors for the first time in his career and his new distance in the shot put ranks second in Wake Forest all-time history.
Merckle earned All-ACC First Team honors with a second place finish in the women's javelin. She was heading into the meet looking to defend her 2013 and 2014 ACC Championships in the event, but fell just short of repeating for a third consecutive season. Merckle's best throw of the day was 52.61m (172-7).
There were other additional top performances on the men's side. For the second consecutive day, Simon Holden qualified for the finals of his second running event. He finished first place in the third heat of the men's 800m with a time of 1:50.95 to qualify for tomorrow's finals. Despite turning in a strong performance and the eighth-best time, Kyle Graves missed out on the finals of the 800m.
Also, Daniel Harrison set a new personal best in the 400m prelim with a time of 47.71, but just missed out on qualifying for the finals with a 13th place finish.
Alex Krall wrapped up his final five events in the decathlon and earned a 10th place finish with 6,331 points. Krall opened up day two with a decathlon personal record in the 110m with a time of 15.47, topping his previous event PR of 15.52.
Other women turned in good performances of the Demon Deacons. In the heptathlon, Amy Collins made huge improvements in the event. She improved by 249 points and moved from a 12th place finish to a 10th place finish in a much tougher field of competitors, which included several nationally ranked heptathletes. Collins' overall heptathlon performance was a new personal best of 4,627 points beating her old score by 33 points.
For her first day heptathlon total, Collins hit a first day PR total of 2,853 points. It was a 41 point improvement from her previous first day best of 2,812 points at Virginia. While competing in the event, she ran an all-time and heptathlon personal best in the hurdles (15.41). She also had a heptathlon PR in the long jump (5.36m), which was right under her previous overall open PR of 5.37m and bettering her previous heptathlon PR at Virginia of 5.31m.
In addition for the women, Ellie Abrahamson set a new personal best in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:38.26 and had the high finish in the event for Wake Forest taking ninth. Gabrielle Merritt also set a new personal record in the event with a time of 11:02.65.
After two days of competition, the men currently stand in ninth overall in the team standings, while the women find themselves in 10th place. The final day of the 2015 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships begins at 11 a.m. with the women's pole vault and men's javelin throw. The evening events will be broadcast on ESPN3 starting at 7 p.m.
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