Track and Field to Host Wake Forest Open as Outdoor Season Begins
March 17, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest track and field teams will look to open the outdoor season with successful performances at this weekend's Wake Forest Open, one of only two home meets this year for the Deacons.
Many of the competitors in the event, held at Kentner Stadium every year since 2005, will be familiar faces from the recently-concluded indoor season. However, a few others are making their 2011 debuts in outdoor-only events like the javelin and discus throws.
"I think I'm looking more at just giving as many people as we can an opportunity to compete. We've got six weeks left until the ACC Outdoor Championships, and this is the one opportunity where the team can compete in front of their friends and family. It gives me an indicator of where we are with people as we try to move forward and plan for the rest of the outdoor season," head coach John Millar said while addressing the goals of the meet. "I'm excited for the first home meet. I've heard a lot about it, so I'm anxious to see how it is and how things go and how the kids perform."
On the men's side, senior leader Tyler Dodds will be competing in the 200m and 400m dashes. He enjoyed an excellent indoor season and captured a fourth-place finish in the 400m dash at the ACC Championships with a personal-best time of 47.69. Dodds will look to best his mark of 49.10 that gave him an 18th-place finish in the 400m dash at last year's Wake Forest Open.
Fellow senior Allan Lunkenheimer will also compete in the 400m dash. He competed in just two meets during the indoor season but recorded a 15th-place finish at the 2010 Wake Forest Open with a time of 49.05.
Versatile junior Alex Hill will be competing in five events, including both track and field competitions. He earned a fifth-place finish in the heptathlon at the ACC Indoor Championships with a personal-best 5,009 points.
Making their season debuts for the men this weekend will be freshman Sterling Wilkins (100m and 200m), sophomores Ben Lincoln (javelin), Michael McEnany (800m) and Luke Hadden (discus and javelin) and juniors Paul Loeser (800m and DMR), Justin Bookheimer (400m hurdles) and Ben Morrow (3,000m).
"We want to see some people that haven't had a chance to compete, like the javelin throwers and some people in the discus that are not indoor events. I'm curious to see what they can do now that they've got an opportunity to go out and compete," said Millar. "I certainly think that the javelin guys, Ben Lincoln and Luke Hadden, are ones that have performed well in the past."
For the women, senior Kim Vos will be competing in the 400m and 800m events as well as the distance medley relay after a limited indoor season. She ran in only two meets, the Virginia Tech Challenge and the ACC Championships, but Coach Millar is confident that she will be in top form for the outdoor season. "She showed some pretty good improvement right toward the end of the indoor season in her performances, and her training seems to be going very well. Hopefully she'll be someone we can count on down the road as we get closer to the ACC Outdoor Championships."
Junior Dina Nosenko is slated to make her 2011 debut after missing the indoor season due to injury. Her sister, Anna Nosenko, will not compete this weekend but helped to power the Deacons to a 26th-place finish overall in a field of 63 teams at the NCAA Indoor Championships after placing fourth in the 5,000m run and sixth in the 3,000m run last weekend. "I'm anxious to watch Dina actually compete and just get a feel for where she's at," Coach Millar added.
Besides Nosenko, none of the other women will be competing in their first meet of the year. Several only had limited action during the indoor season, however, including freshman Julie McCauley, sophomores Madison Kocher and Katy Swain and juniors Samantha Howell and Laura Rapp.
The Wake Forest Open will kick off on Friday at 9:30 a.m. with the women's hammer throw and Day 1's action will conclude around 8:40 p.m. following the men's and women's 10,000m runs.
A recap of event performances will be posted here on WakeForestSports.com on Friday evening and again on Saturday following the end of the meet. Live results for all events can be found under the Wake Forest Open page on www.flashresults.com.