ATLANTA (Feb. 17) – Georgia Tech’s men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championship meet Friday-Saturday, which will be held at Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.
“This is the meet that we have been training and gearing for all winter and want our athletes to try to hit their best performances,” said men’s head coach Grover Hinsdale. “Our men’s team has a goal to place in the top three teams and women’s head coach Alan Drosky has set the same for his team. It will take great effort on our student-athletes’ part to reach it. We have had a solid indoor season and need to finish it off with a great ACC meet.”
Junior Sara Pardue (Aurora, Colo.) enters the meet with the ACC’s top time in the 800 meters and the third best national time with a clocking of 2:07.21 at the Sprint Invitational. Senior Becky Megesi (Jonesboro, Ga.) has the league’s third best time in the mile run at 5:54.44, and the fourth best time in the 800 meters at 2:13.39. Senior Ayana Grant (Oakland, Calif.) holds the third best time in the 60-meter high hurdles at 8.46 seconds, while the distance medley team has the conference’s third-best clocking with time a 11.47.42.
The men’s squad enters with freshman Brendon Mahoney (Cumming, Ga.) holding down the conference’s top spot in the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.94. Freshman Keith Schuler (Florence, Ky.) has the top high jump in the league with a mark of 7-0.25. Junior Clayton Porter (Chesapeake, Va.) is second in the long jump with a mark of 24-6.5, while senior Malcolm Leason (Wilmington, Del.) is second in triple jump with a leap of 50-8. The Jackets have four of the top seven times in the 400 meters, with sophomore Bryan Swarn (Englewood, Colo.) is second in the league with a time of 47.32, while senior Michael Johnson (Littleton, Colo.) is third with a time of 47.40. The men’s 4×400 relay team is second in the conference with a time of 3:11.07.
The ACC championship meet starts Friday with preliminary and ends Saturday with finals.