Two Deacons Set for USATF Juniors
Alexandria Florent
June 24, 2016

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeTrack)

CLOVIS, Calif. –
A pair of Wake Forest women’s track and field student-athletes will compete at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships at Buchanan High School’s Veteran's Memorial Stadium in Clovis, Calif. this week. The meet runs from Friday through Sunday, but both Demon Deacons are slated for Saturday events.

Alva Hicks will take part in the 4kg hammer throw at 9:30 p.m. ET, while Alexandria Florent will participate in the high jump 10:30 p.m. ET. Hicks and Florent, both coming off impressive freshman campaigns for the Deacs, will look to qualify for the U.S. Junior National team, which will compete later this summer in Poland at the World Junior Championships.

Hicks is coming off a standout rookie season for the Deacons that included a Second Team All-ACC nod in the hammer throw. After a regular season that featured eight top-10 finishes between the hammer and discus throws, including a hammer victory at the Campbell Invitational, she broke her own school record for a sixth place finish at the conference meet with a toss of 57.20m. Hicks also scored for Wake Forest in the discus at ACCs by finishing eighth.

Additionally, the Providence, R.I. native had a strong indoor season that included three weight throw titles, including at the UCS Invitational, where her 18.99m throw broke the school record.

Florent, who competed in the Junior Pan American Games in 2015, was also an All-ACC honoree this outdoor season after tying for fourth in the outdoor high jump. She had three titles in the outdoor season, highlighted by her season-opening triumph at the Wake Forest Open. There, the Santa Clarita, Calif. native had a season-best mark of 1.78m, a height that earned her ACC Field Performer of the Week honors.

In the indoor season, Florent began her career by winning the high jump at the Wake Forest Invitational and followed that with four top-five finishes before taking 11th at the ACC Indoor Championships.

Last year at the USATF Juniors, Wake Forest’s John Maurins launched an American junior record toss of 21.90m in the shot put to win the event and qualify for the 2015 Junior Pan American Junior Athletics Championships. In 2014, Charlie Ionata won the U.S. Junior title in the hammer and represented the USA at the World Junior Championships.