Caldwell has impressive performance at Virginia Tech Qualifiers

Following her first place finish in the ACC Championships high jump, sophomore Nyki Caldwell represented the Wake Forest track and field team March 2nd in Blacksburg, Virginia at the Virginia Tech Qualifiers, placing first in the high jump. This was Caldwell’s second first-place finish of the season, following her 1.78 meter jump at the ACC Championships Feb. 22nd and 23rd.

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Caldwell returned to the Rector Field House at Virginia Tech for the fifth time in competition this past weekend to compete in the Qualifiers. Caldwell reached a new career best in the high jump, achieving a height of 1.79m. Caldwell is currently 0.20m short of the Wake Forest University record, a height of 1.81m set in by Trina Bindel in 1995.

“It’s really exciting. The record right now I think is 5’11 and ¾, and I remember that was one of my motives for coming here [to Wake Forest.] I thought to myself “I’m going to strive to jump high, and if I want to beat it, I have to clear six feet,” so I definitely am excited to be so close to the record.” said Caldwell.

The Michigan native came to Wake Forest strong her freshman season, clearing a height of 1.65m three times during the 2012 Outdoor season, placing 11th in the 2012 ACC Outdoor Championships. She also finished 13th in the 2012 ACC Indoor Championships after jumping for 1.65m. Caldwell has had an outstanding 2013 season leading up to her participation in the Virginia Tech Qualifiers. She currently ranks second on the all-time Wake Forest charts in the outdoor high jump, and was a top five finisher in four of her five regular season meets. She took first place in the women’s high jump at the Virginia Tech Challenge Feb. 16th, her first of the season.

Caldwell was the only representative of the Wake Forest track and field team at the Virginia Tech qualifiers on Saturday.

“I think that competing in the ACC is a little hard for our team because we are so small, versus other ACC teams that are very deep and have a lot of strong skill. I think we competed really well [this season], and I know that many people had a lot of personal records. Competing in the ACC may not be the best way to measure our skill level, because it’s hard to compare yourself to other teams that can have a hundred people on their team.” said Caldwell in response to the team’s performance this season.

The Wake Forest outdoor track season will begin March 8th at the CCU Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

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