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10,000m Highlights Day One at Penn Relays
Three Jackets placed in top 10 in 10,000m
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April 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The Georgia Tech track and field team completed its first day Thursday at the 121st year of the Penn Relays hosted by the University of Pennsylvania at historic Franklin Field. Katie Townsend, Kelly Meyer and Melissa Fairey highlighted day one, all finishing in the top 10 of the 10,000 meters.

Townsend crossed the line first for Georgia Tech and third overall in a personal-best time of 34:43.47. Kelly Meyer (PR - 34:58.38) and Melissa Fairey (34:59.18) finished in fifth and sixth, respectively. Matthew Munns ran the men's 10,000 meters in a time of 31:31.84 to wrap up the night's competition.

Jazmyne Taylor, Domonique Hall, Angelica Henderson and Christina Pensock ran the 4x400-meter relay in 3:48.55 for 15th place of 83 teams. The time and place qualified the quartet for the College Final set for Saturday at 5:35 p.m.

Also in the relays, the women's DMR team of Rachel Hammond, Shannon Innis, Laura Serres and Diana Pressel ran a season-best time of 11:58.04 to place 14th.

Laura Nelson (PR - 17:13.37) and Allison Brackin (17:17.23) finished in 20th and 21st, respectively in the women's Olympic development 5,000 meters. On the men's side, Nahom Solomon took 17th with a time of 14:52.89.

Marinice Bauman placed 20th out of 57 runners in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:02.23 and teammate Shannon Innis took 23rd (1:02.31).

Donjhae Jones recorded a season-best performance for eighth place in the long jump (championship division) with a mark of 5.83m (19-1.50). Carissa Tipler placed 27th out of 53 in the long jump (college) with a distance of 5.38m (17-8).

Bailey Weiland placed 17th out of 45 competitors in the high jump with a height of 1.68m (5-6).

Action continues for the Yellow Jackets at the Penn Relays on Friday at 9:30 a.m. with the women's triple jump.

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GT_TrackNField Completes Day One at Two Meets
Tech competed at Florida Relays and Tiger Track Classic
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April 3, 2015

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Georgia Tech track and field team completed a successful day Friday at two meets, the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla. and Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala.

Florida
Brandon Lasater placed fourth in the men's 800 meters with a time of 1:47.38 out of 61 competitors and Andres Littig placed 22nd with a personal-best time of 1:49.74.

Jeremy Greenwald placed third of 36 competitors in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:45.55. Teammates Chris Burnett took 10th (3:49.47) and Zane Coburn took 12th (3:50.33). Morgan Jackson took ninth out of 42 runners in the women's 1,500 meters with a time of 4:26.36.

Courtney Naser placed 24th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a season-best time of 11:18.35. Hailey Gollnick followed in 19th place in a time of 11:19.43.

In the 5,000 meters, Allison Brackin crossed the line first for Georgia Tech in 13th place in a time of 17:14.64 and Laura Nelson followed in 17th place (17:24.86).

For the men's 5,000 meters, Patrick Fleming placed ninth in a time of 14:32.69 and Nahom Solomon placed 15th (14:40.11).

In the hurdles, Ama Larbi took 17th in the women's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 59.64.

Action continues Saturday at the Florida Relays at 10 a.m.

Auburn
The Javelin throw kicked off the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn Ala., as Ashleigh Uhl placed 19th with a throw of 28.72m (94-03) and Julia Frederick took 22nd with a distance of 26.83m (88-00).


Women Place Second; Men Third At Samford Invite
Four Yellow Jackets win events in Birmingham
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Feb. 13, 2015
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Georgia Tech women’s and men’s track and field teams placed second and third Friday at the Samford Invite at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The women totaled 79 points on the day, less than two points back from winner Western Carolina, and the men tallied 61 points, six less than second-place finisher Samford.

Highlighting the day for the women were Bailey Weiland, who won the high jump with a mark of 1.75m (5’8.75”) for 10 points, and Samantha Becker, who won the pole vault with a huge PR of 4.15m (13’7.25”) for 10 points. Ksenia Novikova took sixth in the pole vault (three points) with a height of 3.65m (11’11.75”).

“We had a couple of wins and a plethora of career bests today, and the team had the kind of day we were looking for in our last competition prior to the conference championships in two weeks,” head women’s track coach Alan Drosky said. “Samantha Becker's win in the pole vault was not only a career best, but symbolic of how our women's team is reaching new heights each week.

“Bailey Weiland continues to jump really well, and Carissa Tipler had a great day in both the long and triple jumps. We had big breakthroughs today in the hurdles with Kenya Collins' big personal best, Jazmyne Taylor in the 400m, Samantha Kiblinger in the 800m, Caroline Kissel and Rachel Hammond in the mile, and Melissa Fairey and Laura Nelson in the 3000m. This team is working hard with a great attitude and is really coming around at the right time.”

The men’s 800 meter and pole vault shined for Georgia Tech. Six Yellow Jackets placed in the top 10 of the 800 meters, including four Jackets that scored points. Brandon Lasater won the event (1:49.43; 10 points), Zack Fanelty placed third (1:50.23; six points), Andres Littig took fifth (1:51.39, four points), and Chris Burnett placed eighth (1:51.75, one point). Nat Estes (ninth; 1:52.89) and Gabriel Darosa (10th; 1:53.17) rounded out Tech’s top finishers.

“It was a good team effort today,” head men’s track coach Grover Hinsdale said. “Nikita Kirillov, with his win in the pole vault, looks to be back into form. However, this day belonged to the 800m group. Brandon Lasater looked as good or better than I have ever seen him indoors. And, the rest of the group was outstanding as well with several PRs.”

Nikita Kirillov won the pole vault with a height of 5.35m (17’6.50”) for 10 points. In the long jump Myles McDavid placed fourth with a mark of 7.12m (23’4.50”; five points), and William Solomon took sixth with a distance of 6.89m (22’7.25”; three points).

Also in the field events, Ryan Thomas placed fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 14.50m (47’7”; four points).

Carissa Tipler earned points for Tech in three events; four points in the 200m (fifth place; 24.65), eight points in the long jump (second place; 19’1.25”), and six points in the triple jump (third place; 40’3.50”).

Additional point scorers for the women included Jazmyne Taylor in the 400m with two points (seventh place; PR: 56.38) and Samantha Kiblinger in the 800 meters with four points (fifth place; PR: 2:12.70).

Carolina Kissel, Morgan Jackson and Rachel Hammond placed in the top 10 in the mile to earn Tech points. Kissel placed third (PR: 4:56.62) for six points, Jackson followed in fourth (4:57.52, five points), and Hammond placed seventh (PR: 4:59.01, two points). For the men, Patrick Fleming took sixth (4:12.30; three points).

Melissa Fairey placed fourth in the 3,000 meters for five points with a career-best time of 9:56.87 and Laura Nelson took seventh (PR: 10:07.35, two points). For the men, Matthew Munns took seventh (8:43.30; two points).

Kenya Collins took seventh in the 60-meter hurdles preliminaries (8.70), and improved her time to 8.60 for third place in the finals and six points. Andreas Ward qualified for the 60-meter hurdle finals with a time of 8.46, and took seventh in the finals (8.55; two points).

Zachary Gunnz finished the 60-meter prelims with a time of 6.95, and finished fifth in the finals for four points. Gunnz placed fifth in the 200 meters (four points) in a time of 21.87.

The women’s 4x400-meter relay team of Dominique Hall, Jazmyne Taylor, Ama Larbi and Christina Pensock placed third (six points) in a time of 3:45.64. The men’s 4x400-meter relay team made up of Alexander Reese, Fanelty, Estes and Lasater placed sixth in a time of 3:19.44 (three points).

The Jackets are back in action Feb. 26-28 at the ACC Indoor Championships hosted by Virginia Tech at the Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.


Women Place Second; Men Third At Crimson Classic
Jeremy Greenwald paced Yellow Jacket men; Kelly Meyer led Tech women
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Oct. 17, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Georgia Tech women's cross country team placed second in the 5K and the men's team took third in the 8K Friday at the Crimson Classic, the last meet before the ACC Championships on Oct. 31. Senior Kelly Meyer paced the Tech women with an 11th-place finish and senior Jeremy Greenwald led the Yellow Jacket men, crossing the line 14th.

"We got another strong outing from the women," head coach Alan Drosky said. "We came in ranked behind a number of teams we were able to beat today and the women have some great momentum as we head into the championship portion of our schedule. Our top five women have been very consistent. And our depth has been a real strength."

The Yellow Jacket women tallied 116 points behind Alabama's 68 points for second place out of 25 teams. Auburn, who is ranked seventh in the South Region, rounded out the top three team finishers with 130 points.

Led by Meyer's 17:47 pace, senior Katie Townsend (15th; 17:49), sophomore Hayley Keadey (24th; 18:03), senior Allison Brackin (27th; 18:08) and sophomore Melissa Fairey (39th; 18:17) finished in the top 40 out of 225 competitors. Morgan Jackson (42nd; 18:21) and Erin Radcliffe (51st; 18:25) ran solid for Georgia Tech as well.

"Kelly Meyer ran outstanding to lead us; Townsend, Keadey, and Fairey have been solid all season," Drosky said. "It was great to see Allison Brackin bounce back from an off day last time out to finish fourth for us. After them, Jackson, Radcliffe, Diana Pressel, and Laura Nelson are really coming on in the last few weeks..."

Both teams return to action Oct. 31 at the ACC Championships in Earlysville, Va. hosted by the Virginia Cavaliers.


Georgia Tech Announces 2014 Cross Country Schedule
Jackets Open Campaign Sept. 6 at UGA Invitational
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Aug. 8, 2014

THE FLATS – Head coach Alan Drosky announced the 2014 Georgia Tech cross country schedule on Wednesday that features seven meets. The Yellow Jackets kick off the season Sept. 6 at the UGA Invitational.

"We’re excited about the schedule,” Drosky said. “With the focus on being ready for the end of the year meets, the ACC Championships and NCAA South Regional, we wanted to stay closer to home and limit our travel, yet we wanted to make sure we lined up against quality teams on courses that are somewhat challenging.”

Following the UGA Invitational, the Yellow Jackets run in the Florida Mountain Dew Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. (Sept. 20) and the Upstate Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C. (Oct. 4).

“With the meets at Georgia, Florida, and Alabama, we’ll see most of the better teams in the south region,” Drosky said. “The meet at USC-Upstate will be a little change of pace with a smaller meet, but on rolling terrain and with good competition.

“Traveling takes a toll on a team over the course of a season, so staying closer to home will keep us fresher. The terrain and level of competition will prepare us for the more important end of the season meets.”

The Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Oct. 17 will be Georgia Tech's final tune up before it heads back to Earlysville, Va. for the ACC Championships hosted by Virginia. The Yellow Jackets have been successful at the Crimson Classic in the past, as the men’s team won the meet in 2011 and 2012.

The NCAA South Regionals are set for Nov. 14 in Tallahassee, Fla. and the NCAA Championships are Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind.

Senior Katie Townsend, who finished first for Georgia Tech in all six meets she ran in, returns for the women. There is a solid mix of upperclassmen in Caroline Kissel, Allison Brackin, Kelly Meyer and Laura Nelson, along with sophomores Melissa Fairey and Hayley Keadey, who all ran big personal bests for 5000m last track season.


Tech Track Wraps Up Day One Of Invitational
Patrick Barron won the men's 5000m run on day one of the Georgia Tech Invitational
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May 16, 2014

THE FLATS -The Georgia Tech track and field team completed the first day of the Georgia Tech Invitational on Friday evening at the Griffin Track.

Patrick Barron finished first in his even for the Yellow Jackets, winning the men's 5000m run with a time of 14:36.46. Troy Hayden finished fourth in the 5000m (15:15.75) while Witt Nixtook eighth (15:26.61).

Spencer Allen ran a 14.37 in the 110m hurdles preliminaries, but was just three spots out from qualifying for the finals. In the men's 100m dash, Broderick Snoddyalso fell right outside of qualifying for the finals, coming in ninth with a time of 10.42. The top-eight finishers in both events qualified for the finals.

Nikita Kirvillov's jump of 5.28m placed him in second in the pole vault. Nathan Danielalso competed in the pole vault and took ninth with a mark of 4.78m.

Julienne McKee hit the mark of 6.19m in the long jump, placing third. Her teammate Donjhae Jones finished with a jump 5.88m which put her in 11th. Carissa Tiplerfinished 13th with a mark of 5.75m.

In the women's 1500m run, Morgan Jackson claimed a 14th place finish with a time of 4:31.62. Caroline Kissel came in 26th (4:41.33) while Laura Serrestook 30th (4:43.39). Kaylee Issacs represent the Yellow Jackets in the women's 3000m steeplechase, finishing in 11:51.15 which put her in ninth.

Jeremy Greenwald placed in the top-three of the men's 1500m, running to a third place finish with a time of 3:46.61. In 17th was Chris Burnett with a time of 3:58.66. Finishing in 21st and 23rd place was Patrick Fleming(4:00.56) and Grant Hicks (4:00.82), respectively.

Ten Jackets competed in the women's 5000m run. Five Jackets finished third through seventh, with Katie Townsend leading the way in third with a time of 17:09.50. Laura Nelson finished fourth (17:35.12), Kelly Meyer took fifth (17:35.12) and Melissa Fairly finished sixth (17:38.77). Alisson Brackin rounded out the top seven with a time of 17:40.39. Hayley Keadey finished 10th (18:00.52) while Elena Hubbard's time of 18:31.79 put her in 13th. Elizabeth Lacksen claimed 14th (18:38.28) while Sarah Bowles finished right behind her in 15th (18:43.05). Paige Selentfinished 17th with a time of 19:15.50.

The Yellow Jacket invitational continues tomorrow with the women's high jump and women's pole vault kicking off at 11 a.m.


Jackets Complete Day One At Two Meets
Tech competed in the Florida Relays and Tiger Track Classic
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April 4, 2014

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Georgia Tech track and field team completed a successful day Friday at two meets, the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla. and Tiger Track Classic in Auburn, Ala., as the Jackets recorded several personal-record marks at the Florida Relays.

In Gainesville, Spencer Allen kicked the meet off for the Yellow Jackets in the 110-meter hurdles. Allen ran to a personal-record time of 14.28.

The men's 800 meters followed as the Yellow Jackets continued to have success with three PR's and two top-10 finishes out of 49 competitors. Brandon Lasater ran his fastest 800-meter time of his career and placed second in a time of 1:47.19. Teammates Shawn Roberts took seventh in a career-best time of 1:47.66 and Zack Fanelty finished 11th in a personal-best mark of 1:49.58.

In the women's 1,500 meters, Morgan Jackson placed 12th out of 44 runners with a PR time of 4:26.30, more than six seconds faster than her previous best. Teammates Carolina Kissel (PR; 4:35.92) and Laura Serres (PR; 4:36.60) took 28th and 29th, respectively.

On the men's side, three Yellow Jackets placed in the top 10 led by Jeremy Greenwald's second-place finish. Greenwald crossed the line in a PR time of 3:45.83, followed by Nat Estes in ninth (3:52.89) and Patrick Fleming in 10th (PR; 3:52.98). Chris Burnett finished 14th in a career-best time of 3:53.51 and Nico Metzler placed 20th (3:55.01).

In the women's 5,000 meters, Melissa Fairey ran to a PR time of 17:20.53. Allison Brackin, Kelly Meyer and Hayley Keady set new personal bests with times of 17:24.44, 17:29.98 and 17:31.18, respectively.

For the men, Patrick Barron took second in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:28.77. Billy Koskiewicz took 11th in a time of 14:43.08 and Troy Hayden placed 18th (14:55.24).

In the field events, Julienne McKee placed eighth in the long jump with a distance of 5.99m (19-08.00).

Action continues at the Florida Relays on Saturday with the men's triple jump at 1:30 p.m.

Auburn
The Javelin throw kicked off the Tiger Track Classic in Auburn Ala., as Ashleigh Uhl placed 10th in the with a toss of 34.17m (112-01) and Monique Pate took 14th (24.13m; 79-02).

Also in the field events, Carissa Tipler placed fifth in the triple jump with a personal-best distance of 11.90m (39-00.50).

On the track, Laura Nelson took third in the 5,000 meters in a career-best time of 17:50.82. Fellow Jackets Elena Hubbard (sixth, 18:14.23) and Kaylee Isaacs (seventh, 18:17.32) also placed in the top 10 out of 28 competitors.

Action continues in Auburn on Saturday at 11 a.m. CT with the women's pole vault.


Four First-Place Finishes Highlight Yellow Jacket Invite
Broderick Snoddy, Shawn Roberts, Nikita Kirillov and Jonathan Gardner won their events
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March 29, 2014

THE FLATS –Georgia Tech track and field team members Broderick Snoddy, Shawn Roberts, Nikita Kirillov and Jonathan Gardner won their events Saturday to highlight the team’s competition at the Yellow Jacket Invitational at Griffin Track.

Snoddy won the men’s 100 meters with a personal-best time of 10.28. He set another career-best time in the 200 meters, finishing second in 20.70.

Roberts won the men’s 1,500 meters by almost seven seconds and set a career-best time of 3:45.95. The second-place finisher, Georgia’s Charles Grethen, crossed the line in 3:52.30.

Tech’s Zack Fanelty took third (3:54.20), and the Jackets captured fifth place through eight place and 10th - Chris Burnett (fifth; 3:55.09), Adonis Gaines (sixth; 3:56.70), Patrick Fleming (seventh; 3:57.00), Troy Hayden (eighth; 3:58.21), Nico Metzler (10th; 3:59.16).

Kirillov won the pole vault with a height of 5.27m (17-03.50). Teammate Nathan Daniel took third (4.97, 16-03.50). Samantha Becker took fourth in the women’s pole vault (3.77m; 12-04.50).

Gardner won the triple jump with a mark of 15.54m (51-00.00) and took fourth in the long jump with a leap of 7.14m (23-05.25). For the women, Julienne McKee took second in the long jump (6.03m; 19-09.50).

Also in the field events, Julia Frederick took seventh with her career-best high jump 1.65m (5-05.00).

On the track, Brandon Lasater, Jeremy Greenwald and Nat Estes finished second, fourth and sixth respectively in the 800 meters. Lasater crossed the line in 1:49.07, Greenwald in a personal-record time of 1:49.97 and Estes finished in 1:51.93.

Morgan Jackson took third in the women’s 1,500 meters with a time of 4:34.04. Jackson also took third in the 800 meters with a career-best time of 2:14.05, more than three seconds faster than her previous best.

Alexander Reese finished fourth in the men’s 400 meters with a time of 48.21.

Ama Larbi set a PR in the 400-meter hurdles and took third in a time of 59.44. For the men, Julian Darden ran his fastest 400-meter hurdles to date with a time of 56.43. Teammate Rockne Burns took fifth in the same event (58.30).

Also in the hurdle events, Spencer Allen took fourth in the 110-hurdles with a PR time of 14.46.

In the relay events, Georgia Tech placed second, third and fifth in the men’s 4x400-meter relay. Reese, Fanelty, Roberts and Lasater took second (3:19.51), while Burns, Chris Burnett, Adonis Gaines and Metzler took third (3:26.59). Patrick Fleming, Cole Jackob, Troy Hayden and Calvin Tirrell placed fifth (3:30.35).

In the first night of action Friday, Laura Nelson placed first for Georgia Tech and eighth overall in the 5,000 meters with a time of 18:11.53. On the men’s side, Austen Gutierrez took third in a time of 15:31.53.

Friday night, junior Katie Townsend ran the 10,000 meters at the Raleigh Relays and finished seventh in a time of 35.12.93.


Fourteen Top Five Finishes Highlight Cupid Classic
Four Jackets won their events
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Feb. 14, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Fourteen top five finishes, including five-first place performances, highlighted the Georgia Tech track and field team’s first day of competition Friday at the Cupid Classic held at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Morgan Jackson, Broderick Snoddy, Spencer Allen and Julienne McKee won their individual events.

Jackson won the mile out of 50 runners in a personal-best time of 4:51.69, taking almost five second off her previous PR. Maria Boff took eighth in a personal-best time of 5:08.37.

Snoddy placed third in the 60-meter preliminaries with a time of 6.82. He finished second in the finals with a mark of 6.72. Snoddy won the 200 meters later in the day with a time of 21.23.

Allen took third in the 60-meter hurdle “B” preliminaries 8.12. He improved on his preliminary time to win the final round with a time of 8.09.

Three Yellow Jackets finished in the top 10 in the women’s long jump, led by McKee who won the event with a leap of 6.06m (19-10.75). Donjhae Jones took third (5.83m; 19-01.50) and Carissa Tipler finished seventh (5.51m; 18-01.00).

McKee also won the triple jump 12.55m (41-02.75).

The Jackets reaped success in the distance events. Kelly Meyer crossed the line in third in the 3,000 meters with a PR time 10:02.69, and Laura Nelson finished third in the 5,000 with a personal-record time of 18:18.19 (previous was 18:32.96) and Elizabeth Lacksen took fourth with a career-best time of18:53.68; her previous PR was 19:07.55 Elena Hubbard finished seventh in the same event (19:13.54).

On the men’s side, Chance Eldredge took second in the men’s 5,000 meters with a time of 15:42.32 and Austin Veith followed in third (15:59.04). Chris Burnett took fifth in the 800 meters (1:54.55).

In the field events, Nikita Kirillov took eighth in the pole vault with a height of 4.90m (16-00.75) and Samantha Becker took eighth on the women’s side with a vault of 3.80m (12-05.50).

Alex Braxton finished seventh and Julia Frederick took 10th in the high jump with heights of 1.65m, a personal best, (5-05.00) and 1.60m (5-03.00), respectively.

A small group of Jackets competed today at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. Katie Townsend finished the 5,000 meters at the Husky Classic with a time of 17:12.97. Patrick Barron ran in the men’s 5,000 meters and finished with a time of 14:43.15.


Track Completes Day One At Samford Invite
Broderick Snoddy took second in the 200 meters
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Feb. 7, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Georgia Tech track and field team wrapped up the first day of competition Friday at the Samford Invite at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Broderick Snoddy finished second in the 200 meters, and the men's and women's distance medley relay teams took third to highlight the first day of competition.

In the last two events of the day, the Georgia Tech women's DMR run by Maria Boff, Malin Trollsas, Morgan Jackson and Diana Pressel took third with a season-best time of 12:17.80.

Patrick Fleming, Nico Metzler, Cameron Reid and Calvin Tirrell ran the men's DMR and placed third, logging a time of 10:19.95.

The Yellow Jackets kicked off the meet with the Pentathlon as junior Alex Braxton finished eighth with 3,382 points and senior Monique Pate took 10th with 3,346 points.

In the running events, Broderick Snoddy finished second in the 200 meters with a time of 21.38, while Alexander Reese took 12th in the same event in a time of 22.02.

Laura Nelson finished 13th in the 5,000 meters with a time of 18:34.07. Elena Hubbard took 15th (18:43.45) and Paige Selent placed 17th (18:53.47).

On the men's side, Billy Koskiewicz finished first for Georgia Tech and seventh overall in the 5,000 meters with a mark of 15:23.40. Chance Eldredge followed in 11th place, crossing the line in 15:38.12.

The Yellow Jackets kick off Saturday's events at 9 a.m. CT with the women's long jump and end the competition at 6:35 p.m. CT with the men's 4x400-meter relay.


Tech Track Completes Day One At Rod McCravy Invite
Jackets record four top-five finishes
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Jan. 25, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. – At the end of the first day of the Rod McCravy Invite, the Georgia Tech men’s and women’s track teams recorded four top-five finishes at Nutter Field House in Lexington, Ky.

The first event of the day for the Jackets was the Pentathlon. Sophomore Alex Braxton finished fourth in the event with a career-high 3,483 points and junior Monique Pate finished sixth with 3,372 points. Freshman Donjhae Jones took 13th with 3,133 points.

In the field events, junior Julienne McKee finished third in the long jump invitational with a season-high leap of 6.01m (19-08.75). On the men’s side, freshman Myles McDavid also placed third in the long jump invitational with a distance of 7.30m (23-11.50).

Senior Mykhail Chambers took third in the high jump at 2.07m (6-09.50) and Brandon Mbaba took fourth at 2.02m (6-07.50).

Senior Elena Hubbard logged a career-best time in the 5,000 meters with a time of 18:29.37. Fellow Jackets Laura Nelson and Elizabeth Lacksen also competed in the same event.

Action continues at the Rod McCravy Invite Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.


Tech Track Heads To Auburn Indoor Invitational
Yellow Jackets compete in Birmingham for second straight weekend


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Jan. 18, 2013

THE FLATS –The Georgia Tech track and field team travels to Birmingham, Ala. for the second straight weekend to compete in the Auburn Indoor Invitational Saturday at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

The one-day meet begins at 9 a.m. with the women’s weight throw and continues until 8:15 p.m. with the start of the men’s 4x400-meter relay. The running events kick off at 11:30 a.m. with women’s 3,000 meters.

The Jackets will compete against two top-25 teams on the men’s side, including host Auburn (No. 11) and ACC opponent Florida State (No. 16). On the women’s side, the competition features No. 1 Clemson, No. 11 UCF, No. 17 Georgia and No. 24 Auburn.

The first event of the day for Georgia Tech is the women’s 3,000 meters with Laura Nelson, Lauren Young, Elena Hubbard, and Diana Pressel set to compete.

Later in the day, Broderick Snoddy, Alexander Reese and Julian Darden will make their Georgia Tech track and field debuts. Snoddy will run in the 60 and 200 meters, while Reese and Darden will run their first races for Tech in the 400 meters.

Last weekend at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener, the Jackets recorded three-first place finishes and eight performances that are currently in the top-three among all ACC indoor performances this season.


Georgia Tech Scores High In Academic Progress Report
Every Yellow Jacket team exceeded requirement for post season eligibility


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Jun 20, 2012

ATLANTA - The Academic Progress Report, released Wednesday by the NCAA, indicates that Georgia Tech's APR scores have improved once again. All teams exceeded the NCAA requirement for postseason eligibility of a 930 APR.

This year *12 of the 17 Yellow Jacket sports teams either improved their multi-year APR or saw its score remain the same, compared to last year's report. (*Up from 10 teams last year.)

Three Tech teams - golf, women's cross country, and men's tennis - posted perfect multi-year scores of 1,000.

The APR numbers released today are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years. APR is calculated by assessing each scholarship student-athlete's retention and eligibility each semester. To receive a perfect score of 1,000 each team's student-athletes must meet the NCAA retention and eligibility guidelines.

"We are pleased to once again see strong scores and improvements in our Academic Progress Rates," athletic director Dan Radakovich said. "It is a testament to the quality and efforts of our student-athletes, our academic support staff, and coaches. Over half of all our teams had a perfect APR year in 2010-11, and ALL teams exceeded the NCAA benchmark of 930. These scores represent strong progress to the ultimate goal of graduation and earning a Georgia Tech degree. I am proud to work with such a great group of young men and women."

More Georgia Tech related information from Wednesday's release of the APR:

• The Yellow Jacket women's cross country team earned a perfect multi-year score of 1,000 for the third straight year.

• More than half of Tech's teams had a perfect score of 1,000 for the 2010-11 year.

• Three Georgia Tech teams - golf, men's tennis, and women's cross country -- were recognized by the NCAA for producing APR scores that ranked in the top 10 percent nationally within their respective sport.

"I want to congratulate the coaches, academic staff and especially our student-athletes for the outstanding work this year," Radakovich said. "We look forward to continued improvement in the years to come."


Tech XC Takes Ninth, 11th at ACC Championships
DJ McMillan was the top Tech finisher in 33rd place


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Oct. 29, 2011

CLEMSON, S.C. - At the 2011 ACC Championships, the Georgia Tech men's and women's cross country teams earned ninth and 11th place respectively. D.J. McMillan paced all Tech runners with a 33rd place, 24:23.8 place finish. The women's team was led by Mary Kownack who took 61st place overall with a time of 22:14.1.

The top-five runners, and scorers, for the Jackets included McMillan, followed by Patrick Barron who crossed in 40th place with a time of 24:31.2, Shawn Roberts in 53rd place with a time of 24:45.7, Alec Clifford in 66th place with a time of 25:09.0 and Niall Longobardi in 72nd place with a time of 25:19.7.

On the women's side, after Kownack, came Rachel Hammond in 75th place with a time of 22:51.2, Kelly Meyer in 77th place with a time of 22:58.7, Katie Vance in 80th place with a time of 23:06.0 and Katie Townsend rounded out the top-5 in 23:33.7.

The No. 1 Florida State women earned their fourth-straight XC title while the 19th ranked NC State men earned the bragging rights with their first place finish.

The Jackets will return to action at the NCAA South Regional Championships on November 12 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.


Women's Results
61 Mary Kownack Georgia Tech 22:14.1
75 Rachel Hammond Georgia Tech 22:51.2
77 Kelly Meyer Georgia Tech 22:58.7
80 Katie Vance Georgia Tech 23:06.0
89 Katie Townsend Georgia Tech 23:33.7
92 Maureen McMeekin Georgia Tech 23:44.4
93 Lauren Young Georgia Tech 23:47.4
100 Laura Nelson Georgia Tech 24:24.8
102 Diana Pressel Georgia Tech 24:35.1

11 Georgia Tech 328 58 63 65 68 74 75 76
Total Time: 1:54:43.70
Average: 22:56.74


Men Fourth, Women 10th At Charlotte Invite
Patrick Barron led the way for the Jacket with a seventh place finish
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Sept. 30, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The men's cross country team took fourth while the women's team earned a 10th place finish at the Charlotte Invitational on Friday night at McAlpine Park. Patrick Barron led the way for the men's runners while Mary Kownack paced the women.

The women's team was led by Kownack who crossed the line in 18:19.61 with a 40th place finish in the field of 289 runners. Coming in second was Katie Vance, the first place finisher at the Clemson Invitational, who finished in 63rd place with a time 18:38.14 followed by Katie Townsend in 67th place in 18:40.35. Taking fourth was Megan Breitbach who crossed in 82nd place with a time of 18:52.51 while Laura Nelson rounded out the top-five with an 88th place finish and time of 19:01.19.

The rest of the Jacket runners to place at the meet included Kelly Meyer (100th place, 19:10.61), Diana Pressel (101st place, 19:10.86), Rachel Hammond (106th place, 19:17.99), Lauren Young (108th place, 19:19.72), Morgan Jackson (113th place, 19:23.32), Laura Seres (116th place, 19:24.90) and Elizabeth Lacksen (128th place, 19:35.46).

The women had a total team time of 1:33:31.80 averaging a time of 18:42.36 during the race and garnering 285 total points during the race.

Virginia Tech earned the team win on both the men's and women's sides while Wake Forest took third in both races as well. The second place men's team was Liberty University while Furman took second on the women's side.

The Jackets return to action at the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala. the site of the 2011 NCAA South Regionals on October 15 at 8:30 in the morning.


Tech XC Takes Second, Fifth In Season Opener
The race took place at the UGA Equestrian Center

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Sept. 3, 2011

BISHOP, Ga. - In the first race of the 2011 cross country season, the Georgia Tech men's cross country team netted a second place performance while the women took fifth at the UGA Invitational at the UGA Equestrian Center. DJ McMiillan led the way for the men while Mary Kownackpaced the women.

McMillan finished sixth overall in the 8k race with a time of 25:15.74 as the rest of the Jacket pack crossed the line right behind him. Patrick Barron took 10th place with a time of 25:31.17, Shawn Roberts came in 14th with a 25:58.20 finish, Joe Fulton crossed the line 22nd in 26:15.20 and Obiandu Igwefinished with a time of 26:30.97.

Eric Powers (35th, 26:45.22), Doug Black (41st, 27:18.47), Cameron Reid (47th, 27:34.09), Niall Longobardi (54th, 27:43.97) and Alec Clifford(59th, 27:50.66) rounded out the pack of Jacket runners that averaged a time of 25:54.26 during the race.

Georgia earned the victory for both the men and the women. On the men's side the Bulldogs crossed 2nd-9th place tallying just 21 points while averaging a time of 25:07.30. The Lady Bulldogs tallied just 19 points at the meet averaging a 17:57.66 5k time during the race while finishing 1-2-3-4.

The Yellow Jacket Women were led by Kownack who finished with a time of 19:31.00 in 35th place. The senior was followed by Megan Breitbach who crossed in 39th place with a time of 19:33.69, then newcomer Kelly Meyer who finished 42nd with a time of 19:37.64. Diana Pressel(46th, 19:55.94) and Rachel Hammond (47th, 19:58.96) rounded out the scorers.

The final four Jackets to finish included Laura Nelson (49th, 20:06.14), Morgan Jackson (54th, 20:28.44), Elizabeth Lacksen (55th, 20:28.78) and Lauren Young(59th, 20:45.28). Tech averaged a time of 19:43.45 during the race.

Tech returns to action in a couple of weeks at the Clemson Invitational on September 16. The women will begin things at 6:15 p.m. followed by the men, who will compete at 6:45 p.m.