Tech Track & Field Travels to Virginia Tech Invitational

ATLANTA (Jan. 18) — Georgia Tech’s indoor track and field teams will run at the Virginia Tech Invitational Saturday at Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va., which also will be the site of the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championship meet will be held there Feb. 18-19.

“We are traveling with a full squad to Blacksburg and want to use this meet as a learning experience because it is the facility for the ACC Indoor Championship meet,” said head men’s coach Grover Hinsdale. “It is a great facility and should really give our athletes a feel for what to expect come February. We are looking to push our level of competition and expect a great meet.”

In the Wildcat Classic at Lexington, Ky., last week, Tech freshman Brendon Mahoney (Cumming, Ga.) opened his career with a win in the 800 meters in 1:50.94, which was just 0.94 seconds from provisionally qualifying for the NCAA championship meet. Freshman Keith Schuler (Florence, Ky.) won the high jump with a leap of 7-0.25 and the men’s 4×400 team, which finished fifth nationally last year, won its event with a time of 3:13.67 and took the victory by more than seven seconds. The winning team consisted of senior Michael Johnson (Littleton, Colo.), freshman Sharif Azim (Marietta, Ga.), junior Tosin Tomori (Harare, Zimbabwe) and sophomore Bryan Swarn (Englewood, Colo.). Johnson was second in the 400 meters in 47.70 seconds and Swarn was third in 47.72 seconds.

The women’s squad was led by sophomore Alisha McClinton (Baltimore, Md.), who was second in the 60 meters in 7.70 seconds and took eighth in the long jump with a mark of 17-8.25. Tech took second and third in the women’s 800 meters as junior Sara Pardue (Aurora, Colo.) placed second in 2:13.22 and senior Becky Megesi (Jonesboro, Ga.) was third in 2:13.39. Freshman Cassandra Worthy (Powder Springs, Ga.) was second in the shot put with a throw of 41-0.25.

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