May 18, 2001
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men and women’s track and field teams opened up competition in their final home meet of the year on Friday at the Georgia Tech Invitational. The two-day meet is a last-chance meet for NCAA qualification and is being held at the George C. Griffin Track on the Tech Campus.
The Yellow Jackets’ top performance in women’s competition came in the 1500-meter race, as Nicole Campbell placed third in the event with a personal and season-best time of 4:24.43. The time just missed the NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark by 0.43 seconds. The heat was a fast one, as Appalachian State’s Mary Jane Harralson won the race in a track-record time of 4:15.96, eclipsing the previous mark of 4:16.04 set by Hazel Clark of Nike last year.
Sophomore Amy Dock had Tech’s lone event win of the first day, as she captured the 5000-meter title with her time of 17:09.93. In the evening’s other distance event, freshman Renee Metivier placed second in the 3000-meter steeplechase with her time of 10:40.60, which was a NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark. Tina Frey placed ninth in the steeplechase with her time of 11:34.81, while Tech’s Becky Megesi ran unattached and finished third in a time of 10:55.33.
The final top-10 finishers for the Tech women were Emily Hopkins, who placed 10th in the javelin throw with a distance of 107-5.00, and both Dana Hall (44-0) and Cassandra Worthy (41-3.25), who placed eighth and ninth respectively in the shot put.
In the men’s competition, the Jackets’ top performer was freshman Kyle Rabbitt, who placed sixth in the 5000 meters with a time of 15:16.46. Also in the top 10 of that event were Phillip Gable in ninth place at 15:37.24 and Joe Poliseo in 10th at 15:46.34.
Tech had a pair of competitors in the top 10 of the men’s long jump, as senior Clayton Porter finished eighth with his leap of 24-8.25, while Brian Fraser was second in his flight and ninth overall at 24-7.25.
The meet will conclude tomorrow night with the majority of the running events and the remaining field competition. Up-to-date results are available at www.deltatiming.com.