EUGENE, Ore. – Georgia Tech track and field will be represented on the biggest stage this week as its three qualifiers prep for the 2018 NCAA National Championships on June 6-9 at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
The Yellow Jackets will get underway in the semifinals of the men’s 800m at 9:14 p.m. Eastern, where Atlantic Coast Conference champion Avery Bartlett will compete in the second of three heats. Bartlett ranked second in the NCAA East (second in the ACC and 16 th nationally) heading into the postseason with a time of 1:47.76. A 2018 indoor All-American making his second-straight appearance at NCAA Outdoors, the junior has recorded five sub-1:48 times this season.
Tech’s first final of the meet will come in the 10K (10:08 p.m.), where Nahom Solomon will try to carry forward the momentum of his record-breaking season. Earlier in the season, Solomon broke the school record by turning in a time of 29:08.98, ranking him second in the ACC, ninth in the East and 24th in the country heading into postseason. The senior then finished seventh at Regionals, recording the eighth-fastest time in East Prelims history (29:24.44).
Also making a second-straight appearance in Tracktown USA is Jeanine Williams, who qualified in the 100m hurdles after being crowned the ACC Champion in May. She’ll compete on Thursday (8:02 p.m.) in the second heat. Just the seventh student-athlete in ACC history to win both the 60m and 100m hurdles in the same year, Williams will look to become the third ACC hurdler all-time to earn all-American honors in the same year in both as well.
Peaking at the close of the season, the Kingston, Jamaica native has broken the school record (12.86) twice – running a 12.83 and 12.74 – however both times were wind-aided. Her 12.83 mark ranked first in the ACC, fifth in the NCAA East and 12th nationally entering postseason and her 12.74 ranks 15th in the world all-conditions.
The entirety of the 2018 NCAA National Championships will be broadcast live on ESPN with Wednesday and Thursday’s coverage airing on ESPN2 and Friday and Saturday’s coverage airing on ESPN. For complete broadcast information, click HERE.