March 17, 2005
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech will open up the outdoor track and field season at the Alabama Relays this Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 21st-place (women) and 48th-place finishes at the 2005 Indoor NCAA Championships last weekend.
“We are all excited about getting started with the 2005 outdoor season,” said men’s head coach Grover Hinsdale. “It has been a few years since we competed at the Alabama Relays, but it’s always been an excellent meet.”
“With a successful indoor season behind us, we’re anxious to get the outdoor season underway,” said women’s head coach Alan Drosky. “We have a very early conference meet, in mid-April, so even though the Alabama Relays are our first meet, it’s still an important weekend for us.”
The outdoor track meet will run from 8 a.m. to approximately 5:15 p.m. CT on Saturday and Sunday. All four Yellow Jackets that earned indoor NCAA All-America honors will be at the meet; Chaunte Howard, Ashlee Kidd, Montrell Person and Dana Rogers.
Howard will run the 200-meter dash and will put her 21-win streak in the high jump on the line this Saturday afternoon. The Riverside, Calif., native won her third straight national title in the high jump last weekend with a mark of 6’3.50″.
Kidd will compete in the women’s 200-meter dash for the Yellow Jackets. She finished ninth in the 400 at the indoor NCAA meet to garner All-America honors.
Person ran a time of 7.78 in the prelims of the men’s 60-meter high hurdles at the indoor NCAA Championships and finished seventh in the finals, earning indoor All-America honors for the first time in his career. Person, a native of Merriville, Ind., earned All-America honors in the 110m hurdles at the last year’s outdoor NCAA Championships.
Rogers finished 12th at the indoor NCAA meet in the women’s 60m hurdles with a time of 8.27. The East Point, Ga., native earned All-America honors and will compete in the 100m hurdles at the Alabama Relays.
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