Tech Track Teams Continue Solid Outdoor Campaign At Yellow Jacket Invitational

Two school records fall at the first home meet of 2001 for Tech
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men and women’s track and field teams continued what has been a successful 2001 outdoor season with another solid outing on their home track in the Yellow Jacket Invitational. The one-day event was held at George Griffin Track on the Tech campus.

The Jackets recorded a pair of school records on the women’s side and both teams finished with a number of top-10 placements and event wins on the day.

Tech’s Angela Levens set the tone for the day in the meet’s first event as she bettered her own school record in the hammer throw competition. Levens won the event by over 23 feet as she blitzed the field with a throw of 155-0. The mark bested her personal and school record distance of 144-3 by over 10 feet. The day’s second new school record also came in the field event area as freshman Jodie Nettles turned in her best performance of the year in the pole vault, winning the event with a height of 12-2.00. The mark won the event by nearly eight inches.

Joining Levens and Nettles in the winner’s circle on Saturday was Amy Edwards, who won the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:14.57. Tina Frey, in third place at 11:38.68, followed Edwards in the race. Tech also had success in the 100-meter dash as Amandi Rhett and Jessica DeFreitas took the top two spots with their season-best times of 11.83 and 11.88 respectively. DeFreitas also finished fifth in the long jump with a leap of 5.60m. The Jackets’ final event winner of the day was Amy Dock, who won the 5000-meter event, although a timing malfunction negated all times and allowed only for an order of finish. Betsy Bulat, who finished in ninth place, joined Dock in the top 10.

The Jackets’ success in the field events continued in the javelin competition, as Emily Hopkins placed third with a distance of 116-4, and Dana Hall was fourth after a toss of 116-4. Julie Conlon finished 10th with her throw of 100-8. In the high jump, Jamie Ostrov finished second with a height of 5-6, while Jennifer Ledbetter was fifth at 5-2.25.

In the shot put competition, Cassandra Worthy finished second with a throw of 45-1, while Dana Hall placed fourth after a distance of 45-01.00.

In the women’s high jump, Jamie Ostrov was second with a height of 5-6, while Jennifer Ledbetter finished fifth with a jump of 5-2.25.

In the men’s competition on Saturday, Tech was led by its 4×100 and 4×400-meter relay teams, which won with times of 3:11.50 and 41.33 respectively.

The long jump proved to be successful as well with Chris Crawley placing second in the event with a distance of 7.47 meters. Brian Fraser also turned in a strong performance, as he was third in the long jump with a distance of 7.40 meters. Joining Crawley and Fraser in their event’s top 10 was Greg Sciame and Keith Schuler in the high jump as the duo tied for third with a height of 6-6.

Scott Reida finished fifth in both the shot put (44-6) and the discus throw (135-11). In track competition, Jason Grier (9:50.44) placed third in the 3000-meter steeplechase, and Matt O’Brien was fourth in a time of 10:09.88. Also, Montrell Person had a solid outing in the 110-meter hurdles as he placed second with a time of 13.98 seconds. Sharif Azim placed sixth in the 400 meters with his time of 48.35 seconds.

Rounding out the Jackets’ top-10 performers on the men’s side was Tim Johnson, who placed seventh in the 800 meters with a time of 1:54.26, and Aaron Sink finished sixth in the 400 meter hurdles with his time of 52.58 seconds.

Tech will be off until April 20-21, when it will compete in the ACC Track & Field Championships at the Walt Disney World Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla.

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