Feb. 21, 2007
ATLANTA – The 16th-ranked Georgia Tech women’s track and field team will be competing at the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championships this Thursday – Saturday, Feb. 22-24, on the campus of Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.
“We’re excited about the conference meet,” said head coach Alan Drosky. “This is one of the meets we start talking about at the beginning of each school year. Before the season we felt like this year’s ACC meet might be one of the best ever as far as the quality of the conference from top to bottom. We’re less than a week away and we still feel that way.”
The Jackets currently have seven athletes ranked in the top five of their respective events and three sitting in first. Senior Ashlee Kidd, the three-time ACC indoor champion, currently ranks first in the conference in both the 200m with a season-best time of 23.44 and the 400m with a time of 53.22. She is also ranked fourth nationally in the 400 and 11th in the 200. Last year, Kidd broke both the ACC Indoor Championship meet and Tech record in both the 200 and 400 on her way to earning the ACC Most Valuable Performer award. Kidd will be in action beginning at 3:20 p.m. on Friday for the preliminary round of the 400.
Junior Shantia Moss also has a number-one ranking in the ACC, running the 60-meter hurdles in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 8.11. Moss sits in third place nationally in the 60m hurdles. Moss will take off at 2:15 p.m. on Friday with the preliminary round of the 60m hurdles.
Sophomore Alana Clooten is currently ranked fifth in the ACC in the weight throw with a season- and personal-best mark of 60 feet, 9 ½ inches. Clooten will begin her quest to score at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Freshman Tiffany Grant also has a fifth-place ranking, finishing the 400 with a best time of 55.46.
The women’s 4×400-meter relay team sits fourth in the rankings with a season-best time of 3:34.88 set at the Kentucky Invitational. The relay team will be in action on Saturday at 3:40 p.m.
“We have an excellent opportunity to finish in the upper half of the conference and we know that every point will be significant in the team standings,” said Drosky. “At the end of the day, though, we just know we have to perform well. One of our goals is for each individual competing to walk away having achieved success.”
The ACC Indoor Championship begins on Thursday at 1:00 p.m., as the women compete in the Pentathlon. For updated information and results of the 2007 ACC Indoor Championship visit the official Georgia Tech website (www.ramblinwreck.com).