Track & Field Ready for ACC Indoor Championships

Feb. 23, 2010

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s track & field teams are set for the 2010 ACC Indoor Championships this weekend, Feb. 25-27, in Blacksburg, Va. Action gets underway on Thursday with the women’s and men’s Heptathlon beginning at noon.

The Yellow Jacket men’s squad will look to improve upon last seasons eighth place finish at the ACC Indoor Championships.

“We are looking forward to the ACC Championships in Blacksburg this weekend,” said men’s head coach Grover Hinsdale. “Their facility is outstanding and I believe that we are healthy, fit, and ready to compete well.”

The Jackets are led into the ACC Championships by senior Alphonso Jordan, who has posted the best mark in the conference during the indoor season in the triple jump (52′ 6¾”) set at the VT Elite Invitational and fellow senior Steve Marcelle, who posted the second best mark in the conference in the shot put at the VT Elite Invitational, also at the VT Elite Invitational in 61′ 4½”. Marcelle is the two-time champion in the shot put at the ACC Championships, as he posted a career-high throw at last year’s event (63’5″). Also, junior sprinter Antonio McKay Jr. has posted both the second fastest time in the league in the 400-meter dash (46.63) and the fourth best time in the 200-meter dash (21.42).

Meanwhile, the Tech women’s squad is looking to better a seventh place finish at last season’s Championships.

“The ACC Championships is always an exciting and intense competition and our women are looking forward to it,” said women’s head coach Alan Drosky. “Similar to last year, our season has progressed well and our level of performance improves every time we line up and compete. I think we’re ahead of where we were then and I’m looking forward to some great results this weekend.”

Overall, junior Joanna Wright has posted the best mark of the season for Tech and the second best in the ACC in the pole vault back on Dec. 4th at the Roaring Tiger Invitational with a mark of 12′ 11½”. Last season, Wright registered a second-place finish in the event at the ACC Indoors to earn All-ACC honors.

Fans are reminded that they can follow all the action from Blacksburg at http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-itf-livestats.html. Also, theACC.com will be providing live video from the Rector Fieldhouse on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. and Saturday starting at 2 p.m. at this link: http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-itf-championship.html.

Complete results and a recap will be available after the conclusion of each day on www.RamblinWreck.com.

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