Deacons to Travel to High Point for Vertklasse Meeting
April 16, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest track and field teams will make a short trip on Sunday afternoon to compete in the High Point Vertklasse Meeting at Dick Vert Stadium on the campus of High Point University. The meet was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 16, but was postponed due to inclement weather in the area.
For the women, junior Erin Brooks will look to continue her momentum after her school record-breaking triple jump of 40-7 (12.37m) last weekend. She is ranked eighth in the ACC with that mark, and is one of four Wake Forest women with top-10 ACC rankings.
Mytoia Gathings and Myesha Barr remain the top sprinters for the Deacs and will compete together in the 100m dash. Barr will also run in the 200m dash alongside freshman Julie McCauley. Gathings and Barr hold the top two seed times in the 100m dash at 11.98 and 12.19, respectively.
Wake will have three representatives in the 1,500m run with Laura Rapp, Melanie Powers and Katy Swain all expected to compete. Rapp set a personal best time in the event in her last outing, recording a time of 4:44.49 at the Tiger Track Classic. Powers and Swain will also run for the Deacons in the 5,000m run.
Thrower Sarah Brobeck will compete in three events: the shot put, discus throw and javelin throw. She has the top seed time in the shot put and is ranked ninth in the ACC in the javelin throw with her mark of 123-2 (37.56m) from last weekend's Duke Invitational. She will be joined in the javelin throw by Erika Martin and Gwen Ricco, each of whom also hold top-10 seed times.
Also traveling for the women will be Samantha Howell, Allison Johnson, Anneve Waithe, Jordyn Glaser, Kim Vos, Caitlin Hartnett and Madison Kocher.
On the men's side, the Deacons will not be competing in distance events, opting to rest key members of the team leading up to next week's ACC Championships. Instead, they will focus on sprints, hurdles and mid-distance events, as well as field competitions.
The duo of Sterling Wilkins and Hiter Harris will be competing together in both the 100m and 200m dashes. The two turned nearly identical times of 11.69 and 11.70 in the 100m dash at last weekend's Duke Invitational. Harris will be running his first collegiate 200m dash, while Wilkins will look to improve upon his personal best time of 23.51 set last month at the Wake Forest Open.
The Deacs will also have a trio in the 400m hurdles event. Sean Lunkenheimer, Malcolm Nunley and Justin Bookheimer hold three of the top five seed times in the competition. Nunley is coming off a 14th-place finish at the Duke Invitational, while Lunkenheimer captured third place at the Tiger Track Classic two weeks ago and is currently ranked sixth in the ACC for the event.
School record holder Ben Lincoln will lead the way for Wake in the field events. He will be competing with fellow sophomore Luke Hadden in the javelin throw and holds the ACC's second-best mark in the event (230-11, 70.38m) this season.
Junior Alex Hill will also return to action for the first time since the Liberty Collegiate Invitational. He is scheduled to compete in the 110m hurdles alongside Spencer Carpenter-Carter, the discus throw with Michael Wooten and Nate Wooten and the javelin throw with Lincoln and Hadden.
The action is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. with the men's and women's hammer throw events. The final track event, the women's 5,000m run, is set for 5:30 p.m., while the women's discus is expected to get underway at 5:00 p.m.
A recap of event performances will be posted here on WakeForestSports.com following the conclusion of the meet. Live results for all events can be found at www.flashresults.com under the High Point Invitational page.
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