Track And Field Heads To ACC Championship

Feb. 16, 2005

Winston-Salem, NC - The Wake Forest men's and women's track teams travel to Chapel Hill, NC for the annual ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship. All eleven ACC schools will be present for both the men's and women's events. Action starts Thursday at 1 pm and will finish by 5 pm on Saturday.

At the conclusion of the regular season, the Deacon men placed 10 different athletes among the top-10 of the ACC in 11 different events. Among these were Eric Seely, who set school records in the 400 meter and 500 meter races this season and Mike Loyd, who was the only male Deacon athlete to capture first place in an event this season. Loyd won the 60 meter hurdles at the Carolina Invitational.

"This years men's team is the best team we have brought to the Indoor ACC meet in a few years," said track and field director Annie Bennett. "They are strong mentally, physically and are challenging each other to step up to the plate. The coaches feel good about their readiness to compete."

The women are paced by senior Annie Bersagel, who earned provisional qualifying marks in the 3,000 meter and 5,000 meter races earlier this season. Erin Franklin joins Bersagel among the top-10 in the ACC in the 5,000 meter race, while Molly Kennedy is the lone Deacon freshman in the top-10. Kennedy totaled 3,227 points in the pentathlon to earn her top-10 standing.

"The ACC Championship is always a battle and this year adding in Miami and Virginia Tech is adding to the war," said Bennett. "We are expecting to place well in particular events. The thing our team takes a lot of pride in is that we feel our coaches prepare our kids well for the competition and we expect we will surprise some individuals."

Thursday's events include the men's and women's weight throw and combined events. Friday features the 60 meter hurdles, the pole vault, the long jump, the 1,000 meter, 5,000 meter and one mile runs, the high jump, the 60, 200, 400 and 800 meter dashes and the distance medley relay. Saturday will round out the remaining field events and the final rounds of many of the running events from Friday. The 3,000 meter run will also take place on Saturday.

The Deacons look to improve upon the men's ninth place finish and the women's seventh place finish in 2004.

"We have many young athletes who are looking forward to their first ACC Championship meet," said men's head coach Scott Hall. "We also have some experienced veterans that will perform well. We are hoping that this blend of experience and enthusiasm will provide considerable improvement on last years performance."



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