March 13, 2005
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Georgia Tech women’s track and field team repeated its tied for 21st place finish from last season at the 2005 Indoor NCAA Championships this past Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, at the University of Arkansas. The men’s track and field team finished in a tie for 48th place, tallying an indoor NCAA finish for the first time in three seasons.
“Our goal is to finish in the Top 25 at nationals,” said head women’s coach Alan Drosky. “That being said, we would’ve still liked to finish higher, but three straight Top 25 finishes (2 indoor, 1 outdoor) is pretty solid.”
“We’re very pleased about getting back on the board at nationals,” said men’s head coach Grover Hinsdale. “We’re proud of Montrell’s [Person] performance at the indoor Championships. I know that we’re all looking forward to the outdoor season, especially Montrell because I believe that the 110m hurdles is really his forte.”
Leading the women was junior U.S. Olympian Chaunte Howard who captured her third straight national title in the women’s high jump on Friday, March 11. The Riverside, Calif., native repeated her indoor performance from a season ago, tying her own school record mark of 6’3.50″. She garnered her fifth All-America honor at the NCAA meet.
Senior Montrell Person led the men with his first indoor All-America honors in the 60-meter high hurdles. A native of Merriville, Ind., Person finished seventh in the finals with a time of 7.85. Person posted a time of 7.78 in the preliminaries to advance to the finals.
Also earning All-America honors for the Yellow Jackets was sophomore Ashlee Kidd. Kidd, a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., finished ninth in the women’s 400 meters with an indoor lifetime-best time of 53.25.
Rounding out indoor NCAA competitors for the Jackets was senior Dana Rogers. A native of East Point, Ga., Rogers tallied a 12th-place finish in the women’s 60m hurdles with a time of 8.27, to garner All-America honors.
The outdoor track and field season will begin on March 19-20, at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa.
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