Wake Forest to Compete in Commodore Invitational
All-American junior pole vaulter Sydney White
Jan. 15, 2015

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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."

Some athletes will be making their first appearances of the indoor season including junior All-ACC runner Samantha Jones and junior All-American pole vaulter Sydney White.

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.

Wake Forest Entries:

Ellie Abrahamson - 3000m
Cate Allen - Mile
Jordan Banks - Triple Jump, Long Jump
Madison Bragg - Pole Vault
Nyki Caldwell - High Jump
Casidy Callahan - Shot Put, Weight Throw
Emily Campbell - Shot Put
Amy Collins - 60m Hurdles, High Jump
Kathleen Darling - 5000m
Montasia Golden - 60m Hurdles, Triple Jump
Maya Hinton - 200m
Nikolete Hurrinus - 60m Dash, 400m
Samantha Jones - 5000m
Kendal Knous - 800m
Hunter Roberts - 200m, 60m Hurdles
Lara-Ann Schwede - 800m
Andrea Vahoua - Shot Put, Weight Throw
Sydney White - Pole Vault
Mia Wilson - 400m

Max Adams - Shot Put
Luke Annichiarico - Pole Vault
John Archie - 800m
Michael Cyphers - Pole Vault
Jonathan Denby - Pole Vault
Sebastian Fischbach - 3000m
Alex Giacco - 3000m
Kyle Graves - 3000m
Daniel Harrison - 400m
Simon Holden - Mile
Charlie Ionata - Weight Throw
Kyle Johnson - Weight Throw
Alexander Krall - 60m Dash, 60m Hurdles
John Maurins - Shot Put, Weight Throw
Steve Michaelsen - Shot Put
Ikem Okwudiafor - 60m Hurdles
Jacob Poyner - 3000m
Rusty Provins - Shot Put



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