May 29, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Members of the Georgia Tech men’s and women’s track and field team’s finished off competition on the final day of the 2010 NCAA Eastern Preliminary Round meet held at the Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T, Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets were led on the afternoon by senior Alphonso Jordan, who earned a spot in the upcoming NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships with an impressive leap of 54 feet, four inches in the triple jump to place second overall in the event. The mark also breaks an outdoor school-record in event (previously 53 feet, 9.25 inches, which Jordan set last season) and enables the Charlotte, N.C. native to participate in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the third straight year.
In other action on the day, senior Steve Marcelle, who also earned a spot at the NCAA Outdoors last night with a seventh place finish in the shot put, placed 17th in the discus today with a final mark of 171 feet, four inches. Competing with Jordan in the triple jump was junior Omar Morrison, who finished 20th overall with mark of 50 feet even. The mark was a personal-best for Morrison.
On the track for the men’s squad, senior Dave Ford was the lone Jacket in action on the final day of competition and placed 19th in the 110m hurdles, crossing the finish line in 14.05, a new personal-best for the senior.
Meanwhile, the only woman to compete on the day for Tech was sophomore Jhanelle McLeod, who finished 25th in the triple jump with a final mark of 40 feet, 8.75 inches.
Three Yellow Jackets, Jordan (triple jump), Marcelle (shot put) and sophomore Bianca Stewart (high jump) will now move on to the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships to represent Georgia Tech in their respective events. Festivities get underway at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon on June 9th and run through June 12th.