Wake Forest to Compete in Commodore Invitational
Jan. 15, 2015
By Josh Gresh, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest track and field teams are set to compete in their third indoor meet of the season at the Commodore Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Vanderbilt University is the host for the meet and it will begin on Friday evening with field events at 5 p.m.
"I am excited to be competing at Vanderbilt this weekend," said head coach John Millar. "The opportunity to compete on a 300m track against quality competition will certainly let us see where our athletes are at in terms of conditioning and technical ability. As this is the first competition for many of our student-athletes, their results will be a good indicator in regards to performance and where the training needs to be focused in coming weeks."
White earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championships last season. Her remarkable NCAA run also ended in her breaking the Deacon outdoor pole vault record twice and improving her personal best to 4.20 meters (13'9.25").
Jones had a solid cross country season earning All-ACC honors, finishing 21st individually, to lead Wake Forest to a ninth-place team finish at the 2014 ACC Championships. She was also named the ACC Performer of the Week on Oct. 14 after winning the Royals Challenge in Charlotte, N.C.
Another athlete to watch out for and leading the way for the men's side is senior distance runner Kyle Graves. He is coming off a career year as a junior as he broke three outdoor school records in the 4x800m relay, the 1500m and the mile run.
At the Music City Carnival on June 8, Graves ran a 4:00.39 for the full mile, which broke the outdoor school record held by David Crowe (4:00.81), set in 1981. Graves will be competing in the 3000m run this weekend.
"Our athletes will certainly be competing against some of the top athletes in the SEC and I hope that this brings out a high level of competitiveness. The oversized track should also provide our distance runners with the opportunity to run fast early season times."
The Demon Deacons will have a total of 37 athletes competing in the meet. 19 will be competing for the women and 18 will compete for the men.
Following the Commodore Invitational, the Demon Deacons will compete in the Hokie Invitational hosted by Virginia Tech. It is a two day meet which will begin on Friday, January 23 and end on Saturday, January 24.
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