Ten Yellow Jackets Receive Invitations to Outdoor NCAA Championships

June 1, 2005

ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Brandy Depland, Fatmata Fofanah, Chaunte Howard, Ashlee Kidd, Andriane Lapsley, Dore Madere, Shantia Moss, Shantrell Moss, Montrell Person and Dana Rogers received invitations to compete at the outdoor NCAA Track & Field Championships, June 8-11, in Sacramento, Calif., announced on Wednesday.

Depland, a junior from Katy, Texas, finished fifth in the triple jump at the NCAA East Region Championships with a mark of 42 feet, 7 inches, last weekend to punch her ticket to the outdoor NCAA meet. She ranks 12th in the NCAA with a season-best mark of 43 feet, 3 ¾ inches.

Fofanah, an ACC champion in the 100-meter high hurdles, earned an at-large invitation after finishing eighth at the NCAA East Region Championships last weekend. The Bronx, N.Y., native ranks 12th nationally with an outdoor season-best time of 13.32. Joining her in the 100m hurdles will be freshman Shantia Moss, who finished sixth at the East Region track meet and ranks 21st nationally with a time of 13.37.

Howard, a junior from Riverside, Calif., will try and win her fourth consecutive NCAA national title in the women’s high jump after capturing her second straight NCAA East Region high jump title with a mark of 6 feet, 2 ¾ inches last Saturday. She currently holds the World’s top mark in the high jump with two clears at the height of 6 feet, 4 ¾ inches, and is ranked 18th in the latest IAAF World Rankings.

Kidd, a sophomore from St. Petersburg, Fla., will compete in her second straight outdoor NCAA meet after finishing third in the 400 meters and helped Tech finish fourth in the women’s 4×100-meter relay. She holds the ninth fastest time in the 400 (52.12) and earned All-America honors last year in the 4×100.

Lapsley will compete in the 100-, 200- and 4×100-meter relay events for the Yellow Jackets. A junior from San Antonio, Texas, Lapsley won ACC titles in the 100-meter dash and 4×100 and will compete for the second straight year at the outdoor NCAA meet.

Madere, a senior from Dallas, Texas, earned her first spot at the national outdoor meet after breaking the school record in the discus at the NCAA East Region Championships on Saturday with a throw of 170 feet, 9 inches, to finish third.

Freshman Shantrell Moss, twin sister of Shantia, will anchor the women’s 4x100m relay team that finished fourth at the East Region meet with a time of 44.96.

Person, a senior from Merriville, Ind., will try and earn All-America honors for the second consecutive season at the outdoor NCAA meet in the men’s 110m hurdles. He qualified for the NCAA national meet after finishing third at the NCAA East Region Championships, and currently ranks eighth in the event with a season-best time of 13.71.

Rogers, a senior from East Point, Ga., will leadoff the women’s 4x100m relay for the Yellow Jackets. Rogers garnered All-America honors in the 4×100 at last year’s NCAA Championships.

-GT TRACK & FIELD-

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