Wake Forest Track and Field to Compete in Two Meets

March 31, 2011

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest track and field teams will travel to two separate events this weekend for the first time this season. A mix of track and field competitors will head to Auburn, Al., for the Auburn Tiger Invitational, while only field athletes will compete in the Liberty Collegiate Invitational in Lynchburg, Va.

Liberty Collegiate Invitational
Gwen Ricco, Erika Martin and Julie McCauley are all scheduled to participate in the heptathlon in Lynchburg. Ricco will be looking to break her personal-best score of 4,831 points set at last year's Deacon Combined Events, while Martin and McCauley, both freshmen, will be competing in their first heptathlon.

Junior Sarah Brobeck is set to contend for the Deacons in three events: the shot put, discus throw and javelin throw. Fellow junior Carmen Green will also compete in the hammer throw, as well as joining Brobeck in the discus throw.

For the men, Nate Wooten and Michael Wooten will compete together in the shot put and hammer throw competitions, and Alex Hill and Scott McCullough are expected to participate in the 10-event decathlon.

The Liberty Collegiate Invitational will kick off at 1 p.m. Friday afternoon with the first of the decathlon events. The women's heptathlon will begin shortly afterward at 1:15 p.m.



Auburn Tiger Invitational
Ben Lincoln will travel to Auburn with the momentum of two consecutive top-three finishes in the javelin throw. In his second-place finish at the Wake Forest Open two weeks ago, Lincoln's mark of 222-5 was just one-tenth of a meter short of breaking the school record.

The loss of top mid-distance runner Thomas Morrison due to injury will force the team to alter their lineups in the 4x800m and distance medley relays. Anthony Marois, Nate Guthals and Sean Lunkenheimer, all scheduled to compete this weekend, could be viable options to step in for Morrison.

Freshman Michael Mastanduno will travel with the team after making his collegiate debut last weekend in the 4x100m and 4x200m relays. He will be joined by fellow freshman Malcolm Nunley, who will likely compete in his specialty hurdles events.

Distance runner Jake Graham has enjoyed a solid outdoor season so far. Graham nearly broke his personal-best time of 4:02.69 in the 1,500m run at last weekend's Raleigh Relays, falling just a second shy after finishing in 4:03.57. Senior Marcus Dillon, another of Wake's distance runners, will be making his outdoor season debut this weekend. He has not competed since the indoor ACC Championships on February 26.

Also competing for the Deacons will be Trey Blanton, Paul Loeser, Tom Finneran, Tyler Dodds, Luke Hadden and Allan Lunkenheimer.

For the women, freshman Allison Johnson has put together two straight top-10 finishes in the 400m hurdles, including a fourth-place finish at the Wake Forest Open. She has quickly developed into one of the top hurdlers on the women's team, and will look to post another great showing this weekend.

Senior Kim Vos has enjoyed a strong comeback following her limited indoor season, leading the DMR team to victory at the Wake Forest Open and the 4x800m relay team to a runner-up finish at the Raleigh Relays. She is yet to compete in an individual mid-distance event this season, but has shown that, if called upon, she is ready to do so.

Junior Samantha Howell has also had a breakout season thus far, winning the high jump "B" competition at the Wake Forest Open and placing fourth at the Raleigh Relays. Her jump of 5-5 (1.65m) in both events represents a new personal-best mark.

Rounding out the women's team this weekend are Phoebe Kershaw, Erin Brooks, Mytoia Gathings, Laura Rapp, Myesha Barr, Caitlin Hartnett and Madison Kocher.

The action at the Auburn Tiger Invitational will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon with the men's hammer throw and women's javelin throw.

A recap of all event performances from both meets will be posted here on WakeForestSports.com on Friday evening and again following the conclusion of the meets on Saturday.

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