GT's Steve Marcelle Wins Shot Put to pace Track & Field on Day Two of ACC Outdoor Championships

April 16, 2010

CLEMSON, S.C. – Georgia Tech senior Steve Marcelle captured the shot put to lead the Yellow Jacket track & field teams on day two of the 2010 ACC Outdoor Championships in Clemson, S.C. After the second day of competition, the Tech women’s team is fifth overall with 21 points, while the men are sixth with 22 points.

Marcelle captured the shot put with a mark of 62 feet, 5.25 inches to win the event by almost three feet. With the victory, Marcelle defends his title in the event at the Outdoor ACC’s and earns All-ACC honors for the second straight day. The mark is also a new outdoor school and personal record, beating out the Green Bay, Wis. native’s previous mark of 62 feet, five inches set at last season’s NCAA East Region Championships.

On the women’s side of the shot put, sophomore Bailey Wagner continued her impressive two-day run at the Championships with a sixth place finish and a final mark of 46 feet, 8.75 inches. Meanwhile, the women’s heptathlon wrapped up with junior Kayla McKiernan finishing ninth overall with 4703 points.

In the men’s long jump, senior Alphonso Jordan made his first appearance of the Championships and just missed out on All-ACC honors finishing fifth overall with a final mark of 23 feet, six inches. On the women’s side of the event, sophomore Jhanelle McLeod also just missed out on All-ACC honors, finishing fourth with a mark of 19 feet, 6.25 inches. The mark was a new career-best for Isley.

In the other finals of the day, the men’s and women’s 3000m steeplechase, Tech’s Phillip O’Brien registered a 13th place finish in 9:30.97 on the men’s side, while sophomore Annie Martin finished seventh in 10:41.38 in the women’s portion of the event.

In preliminary action, several Tech sprinters punched their tickets to finals action tomorrow. First in the 110m hurdles, Jordan qualified for tomorrow’s finals with a time of 14.02, the seventh best of the round. In the 400m dash, junior Antonio McKay Jr. registered the third best time of the day in 47.71 to qualify for tomorrow’s final.

In the women’s half of the 400m dash, two Jackets qualified for tomorrow’s final. Freshman Kellie Christian finished eighth overall in 55.71 to finish eighth overall, (which was a season-best), while senior Tiffany Grant finished right behind her teammate in ninth place with a time of 55.78.

The last event in which Tech sprinters qualified for a final was the women’s 400m hurdles, in which sophomore Jasmine Isley finished seventh overall with a time of 59.77 and junior Leslie Njoku placed ninth in 1:00.71.

The third and final day of action begins tomorrow at 12 p.m. at the Rock Norman Track, with the men’s high jump and hammer throw and women’s triple jump and pole vault, followed by the women’s high jump and hammer throw and men’s triple jump, pole vault, and 400-meter relay at 3 p.m. The finals of 19 running events will begin at 3:15 p.m.

Live coverage will be video-streamed via theACC.com beginning at 3 p.m. Jerry Massey will call the action. In addition, live results will be available on the official championship website, http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-otf-championship.html.

Full recaps and results will be available once competition wraps up tomorrow night at www.ramblinwreck.com.

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