Tech Track And Field Teams Turn In Outstanding Performance At Jesse Owens Classic

May 6, 2001

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Georgia Tech men and women’s track and field teams had an extremely successful day at the Jesse Owens Classic, recording 19 top-10 finishes including one event win on the day. The one-day meet was held on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

The Yellow Jackets’ lone event winner came in the women’s long jump, as junior Mishanta Reyes recorded a leap of 19-8.75 to capture the title. Jessica DeFreitas, who placed sixth with a distance of 18-9.25, joined Reyes in the top 10. Tech had four other athletes record top-10 finishes in the field events, as Jennifer Ledbeeter led a trio of Yellow Jackets in the top eight of the high jump as she finished fourth with a height of 5-6.50. Jamie Ostrov (5-5.00) finished in seventh, while Julie Conlon finished eighth with her height of 5-1.75. The final Jacket field competitor in the top eight was Dana Hall, who placed eighth with a throw of 45-1.75 in the shot put.

In the running events, Tech’s women had a strong outing in the 100-meter hurdles, as Alisha McClinton placed fifth to lead a trio of Yellow Jackets with her time of 14.12. Tosan Osaigbovo (14.46) in sixth and Nikole Jeffery (14.71) in seventh followed McClinton.

On the men’s, freshman Montrell Person and sophomore Chris Crawley shared top-placement honors, as each finished second in their respective events. Person finished second in the 110-meter hurdles with his time of 14.10 seconds, while Crawley was second in the long jump with his distance of 22-7.75. Tech swept the two through four spots in the men’s long jump as Brian Fraser placed third with a jump of 22-7.00, while Clayton Porter was fourth at 21-11.00. In another men’s jumping event, Michael Massey finished third in the high jump with a season-best height of 6-9.75.

In the day’s running events, Joe Stegall finished eighth in the 800 meters, as he finished with a time of 1:55.07. In the 3000-meter race, Freshman Kyle Rabbit placed fifth with a time of 8:38.35. Joe Poliseo joined Rabbit in the top 10, as he finished ninth with a time of 8:58.07. Tech’s final top-10 finisher in the meet was Aaron Sink, who finished sixth, in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.84 seconds.

The Yellow Jackets will return to action next Sunday, when they travel to Clemson, S.C., to compete at the Orange & Purple Classic.


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