Demon Deacons Primed for Virginia Tech Invitational and Dick Taylor Challenge

Demon Deacons Primed for Virginia Tech Invitational and Dick Taylor Challenge

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Wake Forest men’s and women’s track & field teams will officially kick off the 2023 portion of the 2022-23 indoor season this weekend as several Demon Deacons will compete in the Virginia Tech Invitational (Jan. 13-14) at the Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va., while others will remain in the state of North Carolina to compete in the Dick Taylor Challenge (Jan. 14) at the Eddie Smith Field House in Chapel Hill.
The Virginia Tech Invitational will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and will continue until action has concluded for the day. Competition will resume on Saturday, with the first event commencing at 11:00 a.m. The one-day Dick Taylor Challenge, hosted by North Carolina, will also begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and will run until action has finished.
Results from the Virginia Tech Invitational will be displayed via, while results from the Dick Taylor Challenge can be viewed on
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Wake Forest will look to build upon a solid 2022 campaign as the Demon Deacons will return six indoor track & field All-ACC honorees and five outdoor track & field All-ACC honorees from a season ago between the men’s and women’s programs.

In 2023, the Wake Forest men’s track & field team will return First-Team All-American and ACC Champion Thomas Vanoppen. Last season, Vanoppen placed fourth in the 1500m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, becoming the first Wake Forest outdoor All-American since Robert Heppenstall in 2018 and the first 1500m All-American since Kyle Graves in 2015.
In addition to Vanoppen, the Demon Deacon men will return Zach Facioni who collected Second-Team All-American honors a season ago, along with three indoor All-ACC honorees (Thomas Kitchell, Andrew White and Rynard Swanepoel).
For the women, Wake Forest will return Anna Bush and Emma Soderstrom as they both earned All-American honorable mention honors last season at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, finishing 18th in the heptathlon and 23rd in the high jump, respectively. Additionally, the Deacs will return All-ACC selection Addison Berry.
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