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Wake Forest Caps Off Virginia Tech Invitational and Dick Taylor Challenge

Wake Forest Caps Off Virginia Tech Invitational and Dick Taylor Challenge


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In their first meets of the 2023 calendar year, the Wake Forest men’s and women’s track & field teams both recorded several top finishes at the Virginia Tech Invitational and the Dick Taylor Challenge over the weekend.
 
Between the two programs, Wake Forest tallied four combined top-two finishes and 13 top-five finishes. Additionally, two Demon Deacons (Mackenna Curtis-Collins and Andrew White) notched top-10 performances in school history.
 
TOP-FIVE FINISHES

  • Women’s 3000m (Virginia Tech Invitational)
  • Men’s 3000m (Virginia Tech Invitational)
  • Men’s 1 mile (Virginia Tech Invitational)
  • Men’s Weight Throw (Dick Taylor Challenge)
  • Women’s Long Jump (Dick Taylor Challenge)
  • Women’s High Jump (Dick Taylor Challenge)
  • Women’s Shot Put (Dick Taylor Challenge)
  • Women’s 400m (Dick Taylor Challenge)
  • Women’s 300m (Dick Taylor Challenge)

Virginia Tech Invitational
This weekend’s action was highlighted by graduate student Mackenna Curtis-Collins’ performance in the 3000m at the Virginia Tech Invitational on Friday evening as the Lexington, Ohio native clocked 9:23.71, marking the seventh best time in Wake Forest history.
 
Fellow graduate student Emily Akin also had a solid performance in the women’s 3000m as she notched a personal-best, finishing fourth with a time of 9:45.46.
 
In the men’s 3000m, freshman Paul Specht and Daniel Winter finished second and fourth, respectively, clocking times of 8:11.44 and 8:15.21.
 
Racing in his second meet of the 2022-23 indoor season, graduate student Joaquin Martinez de Pinillos had a solid performance in the men’s 1 mile as he finished in 4:07.57. Additionally, sophomore Andrew Kivett and junior Pedro Bravo recorded personal-bests, finishing in 4:15.19 and 4:15.78, respectively.
 
Dick Taylor Challenge
Saturday, at the Dick Taylor Challenge in Chapel Hill, graduate student Andrew White had a stellar performance in the men’s weight throw (20.76) as he placed second behind United States Olympian Alex Young. Of note, White’s performance marked the third best performance in program history.
 
Wake Forest also continued its dominance in the women’s throwing events as Amanda Schaare (14.98m) and Ashlyn Giles (14.74m) finished first and second, respectively, in the shot put. Of note, Isabella Gera and Casey Sullivan also…

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