Heppenstall Earns ACC Freshman of the Year Award
Robert Heppenstall
June 17, 2016

ACC Release

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)

Wake Forest men’s track and field rookie Robert Heppenstall was named the ACC Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Freshman of the Year, the conference office announced Friday morning.

The accolade added to an impressive first-year resume for the Hamilton, Ontario native, who won the ACC title in the men’s 800m and finished eighth at the NCAA Championships.

He is the Demon Deacons’ first recipient of the award.

After breaking out with an impressive indoor season, Heppenstall had a terrific outdoor season, winning the 800m at the Virginia Challenge with a personal-best time of 1:46.92, a mark that slotted him in the nation’s top 10 in the regular season and second in the Wake Forest record books. His appearance in the national final of the event was the second all-time by a Deacon and was the first since Warren Sherman competed in 1995.

Heppenstall was also the ACC Indoor Track Freshman of the Year and came in fifth in the NCAA Indoor final in March to garner his first-career All-America nod, also a first-team honor. That followed an ACC Championships performance in which his time of 1:47.35 made him the conference champion and broke school, league meet and Canadian Junior records.

The previous ACC Championships record was set in 1998, while the school and Canadian Junior records had stood since 1991.