Tech's Mahoney Starts Indoor Season with a Bang in Wildcat Classic

ATLANTA (Jan. 15) – Georgia Tech freshman Brendon Mahoney (Cumming, Ga.) started his Yellow Jacket track and field career with a bang Saturday as he won the 800 meters at the Wildcat Classic at the Nutter Field House in Lexington, Ky.

Mahoney, the nations top 800 prep runner in ’99, defeated the field by a full minute and was just ninty-four hundreths of a second away from provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championship meet after running a 1:50.94. Also capturing wins for the Jackets was freshman Keith Schuler (Florence, Ky.), who won the high jump with a leap of 7-0.25.

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.).

Tech scored three second place finishes on the day as a team. 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 womens 800 meters as junior Sara Pardue (Aurora, Colo) placed second in 2:13.22 and senior Becky Megesi 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. Placing third on the day was senior Ayana Grant (Oakland, Calif.) with a time of 8.64 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles, while senior Judy Johnson (Snellville, Ga.) was third in the mile in 5:18.70.

The men’s squad took second and third in 400 meters as Johnson was second in 47.70 seconds and Swarn was third in 47.72 seconds. Azim placed fifth in 48.46 seconds, while Tomori was sixth in 48.65 seconds for the Jackets. Sophomore Brent Johnson (Fayetteville, Ga.) was second in the mile in a time of 4:18.74, while sophomore Joe Stegall (Rydal, Ga.) was third in the 3,000 meters in 8:32.69. Senior Malcolm Leason (Wilmington, Del.) was third in the triple jump with a mark of 48-2.5.

Tech is next in action January 21-22 at the Virginia Tech Invitatational at Rector Field House in Blacksburg, Va.

Tech’s Results:

Women
60 meters
2. Alisha McClinton, 7.70; 5. Jessica DeFreitas, 7.77; 6. Destyne Jones, 7.86.

200 meters
5. Nikole Jeffery, 25.67; 11. Jessica DeFreitas, 26.08.

400 meters
15. Coquese Renfroe, 1:00.61.

800 meters
2. Sara Pardue, 2:13.22; 3. Becky Megesi, 2:13.39; 10. Kelsey Woodard, 2:23.68.; 11. Nicole Campbell, 2:23.85; 15. Eboni Crosby, 2:27.18; 16. Cindy Arroyo, 2:27.65. Mile: 3. Judy Johnson, 5:18.70; 7. Katie Griffin, 5:21.88; 9. Amy Dock, 5:27.36; 10. Rachel Caruso, 5:28.02; 11. Aenslee Tanner, 5:29.33; 13. Amanda Woodall, 5:34.23.

60 hurdles
3. Ayana Grant, 8.64; 6. Nikole Jeffery, 8.79; 9. Tosan Osaigbovo, 9.13.

4×400 Relay
3. GT-A, 4:00.51.

High Jump
6. Jamie Ostrov, 5-6; 8. Julie Conlon, 5-2.25.

Long Jump
8. Alisha McClinton, 17-8.75; 10. Mishanta Reyes, 17-8.25.

Shot Put
Cassandra Worthy, 41-0.25

Men
60 meters
7. Clayton Porter, 6.89.

200 meters
22. Ryan Middleton, 23.83.

400 meters
2. Michael Johnson, 47.40; 3. Bryan Swarn, 47.42; 5. Sharif Azim, 48.46; 6. Tosin Tomori, 48.65.

800 meters
1. Brendon Mahoney, 1:50.94; 12. David Schmidt, 1:57.82; 16. Jason Grier, 1:59.16.

Mile
Brent Johnson, 4:18.74; 7. Brad Mills, 4:23.61; 12. Dan Brin, 4:30.71.

3,000 meters
3. Joe Stegall, 8:32.69; 13. Giovanni Pipia, 8:55.10.

4×400 Relay
1. GT-A (Johnson, Azim, Tomori, Swarn), 3:13.67.

High Jump
1. Keith Schuler, 7-0.25; 9. Greg Sciame, 6-4; 11. Chris Dooley, 6-4.

Pole Vault
3. Jamie Traylor, 14-6.

Long Jump
7. Brian Fraser, 21-9.5.

Triple Jump
3. Malcolm Leason, 48-2.5; 5. Chris Crawley, 46-3.5.

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