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
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
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
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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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.
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.
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).
Second; Men Third At Samford Invite
Four Yellow Jackets win
events in Birmingham
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Feb. 13, 2015
Ala. The Georgia Tech womens and mens 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
Highlighting the day for the women were Bailey Weiland, who won
the high jump with a mark of 1.75m (58.75) for 10
points, and Samantha Becker, who won the pole vault with a huge
PR of 4.15m (137.25) for 10 points. Ksenia Novikova
took sixth in the pole vault (three points) with a height of 3.65m
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 womens 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
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 mens 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 Techs
It was a good team effort today, head mens
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 (176.50)
for 10 points. In the long jump Myles McDavid placed fourth with
a mark of 7.12m (234.50; five points), and William
Solomon took sixth with a distance of 6.89m (227.25;
Also in the field events, Ryan Thomas placed fifth in the triple
jump with a leap of 14.50m (477; 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; 191.25), and six points in the triple
jump (third place; 403.50).
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:
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;
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 womens 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 mens 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,
Oct. 17, 2014
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
"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.
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.
"Were 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
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, well
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
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
mens 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.
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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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FLATS -The Georgia Tech track and field team completed the first
day of the Georgia Tech Invitational on Friday evening at the
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
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),
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
The Yellow Jacket invitational continues tomorrow with the women's
high jump and women's pole vault kicking off at 11 a.m.
Day One At Two Meets
Tech competed in the Florida
Relays and Tiger Track Classic
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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,
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.
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.
Finishes Highlight Yellow Jacket Invite
Broderick Snoddy, Shawn
Roberts, Nikita Kirillov and Jonathan Gardner won their events
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FLATS Georgia Tech track and field team members Broderick
Snoddy, Shawn Roberts, Nikita Kirillov and Jonathan Gardner won
their events Saturday to highlight the teams competition
at the Yellow Jacket Invitational at Griffin Track.
Snoddy won the mens 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 mens 1,500 meters by almost seven seconds
and set a career-best time of 3:45.95. The second-place finisher,
Georgias Charles Grethen, crossed the line in 3:52.30.
Techs 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
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 womens 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;
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 womens 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 mens 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 mens 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
mens 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.
Ala. Fourteen top five finishes, including five-first place
performances, highlighted the Georgia Tech track and field teams
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 womens
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
On the mens side, Chance Eldredge took second in the mens
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
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 womens 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 mens 5,000 meters and finished with a time of 14:43.15.
Day One At Samford Invite
Broderick Snoddy took second
in the 200 meters
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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.
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Day One At Rod McCravy Invite
Jackets record four top-five
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Ky. At the end of the first day of the Rod McCravy Invite,
the Georgia Tech mens and womens 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 mens 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
Action continues at the Rod McCravy Invite Saturday beginning at
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To Auburn Indoor Invitational
Yellow Jackets compete in Birmingham for second straight
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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 womens weight
throw and continues until 8:15 p.m. with the start of the mens
4x400-meter relay. The running events kick off at 11:30 a.m. with
womens 3,000 meters.
The Jackets will compete against two top-25 teams on the mens
side, including host Auburn (No. 11) and ACC opponent Florida State
(No. 16). On the womens 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 womens 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.
- 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 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
"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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.