Deacs Place Five on All-ACC Academic Teams
Assistant Coach Zeb Sion and Charlie Ionata
June 22, 2016

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)

Five members of the Wake Forest men’s and women’s track and field teams were named to the 2016 All-ACC Outdoor Track and Field Academic Teams, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

Seniors Sydney White and Kathleen Adair and junior Casidy Callahan received the honor for the women, while junior Charlie Ionata and freshman Robert Heppenstall were selections on the men’s side. The honor is the first in an outdoor season for all five Demon Deacons. White received an All-ACC Academic nod in the 2013-14 indoor season.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.

White, a 2015 All-American and two-time All-ACC performer, tied and then broke her own school record in the women’s pole vault. The health and exercise science major won the event four times in the 2016 outdoor season and earned ACC Field Performer of the Week honors when she posted her Wake Forest-record height of 4.25m at the Hokie Twilight Qualifier in May.

Fellow pole vault competitor and health and exercise science major Adair also had a solid senior campaign after garnering Honorable Mention All-American status in 2015. She never finished outside of the top 10 in the regular season and won the Appalachian Outdoor Open by clearing 4.03m, a season-best result, before going on to earn her first-career All-ACC plaudit by placing sixth at the league meet with a mark of 3.91m.

Callahan, who studies studio art, had a standout season in 2016, taking home First Team All-ACC honors in the discus throw. After entering the ACC Outdoor Championships with a No. 8 ranking, she used a toss of 47.82m to finish in third place. In the regular season, Callahan competed in the discus throw five times and finished in the top five in each appearance. She had a fifth place showing in an elite field at the Virginia Challenge and was the runner up at the High Point VertKlasse Meeting with a season-best 48.15m toss.

A sociology major, Ionata opened the 2016 outdoor season by winning the hammer throw at the Wake Forest Open with a school-record toss of 65.15m. He later took fourth place at the ACC Outdoor Championships to earn his third Second Team All-ACC honor in as many years. These achievements came of the heels of an indoor season in which Ionata scored for the Deacs with an eighth-place showing in the weight throw at the conference meet after leading the team with five event titles in the regular season.

Heppenstall, who has yet to declare a major, burst on to the track and field scene as a rookie, becoming Wake Forest’s first-ever ACC champion in the 800m, accomplishing the feat both indoors and outdoors. The Hamilton, Ont. native became a First Team All-American in both the indoor and outdoor seasons by placing fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships and eighth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.