Jan. 30, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Georgia Tech track & field team completed their first day of competition at Vanderbilt on Friday night, and a school record was broken in the process.
Bria Matthews, a freshman from Morrow, Ga., set the school record with a long jump of 6.40 / 21’ 0”. The accomplishment comes a week after setting a Birmingham CrossPlex record in the triple jump, which earned her the honor of being named the Women’s Field Co-Performer of the Week by the ACC.
The Jackets also received a solid performance from Nahom Solomon, who finished third in the 5000m race with a time of 14:42.22. It was his first time to run the event indoors.
“I was pretty pleased with tonight’s results across the board,” Hinsdale said. “However, I was especially pleased with the performance of Nikita Kirillov. After 11 months of coming back from a serious heel injury, he is starting to get his confidence and form back. I am very proud of how steadfast he has been throughout his recovery.”
Kirillov finished 11th in the pole vault with a mark of 5.01.
Zachary Gunnz finished 14th in the men’s 200m with a time of 21.89, just two hundredths of a second off his indoor personal best. Jamilah Middlebooks finished 19th in the women’s 200m with a time of 25.21 in a crowded field. The Jackets received another solid performance from Mary Prouty, who finished 3rd in the women’s 5000m with a time of 17:41.12. It was Prouty’s first time competing in the event while at Tech.
“It was a really good first day for the women, highlighted by Bria’s outstanding effort in the long jump,” head women’s coach Alan Drosky said. “She’s doing a great job, and she’s raising the bar for the team each week. The women are responding well and we had a number of other personal bests today.”
Saturday’s events will begin at 10 a.m. ET.
Georgia Tech’s Top Finishes
Long Jump: Myles McDavid – 7.18, 10th
Pole Vault: Nikita Kirillov – 5.01, 11th
200m: Zachary Gunnz – 21.89, 14th
4000m DMR: Metzler, Reese, Littig, Burnett – 9:58.03, 1st
5000m: Nahom Solomon – 14:42.22, 3rd
High Jump: Bailey Weiland – 1.66, 7th
Long Jump: Bria Matthews – 6.40, 2nd
200m: Jamilah Middlebrooks – 25.21, 19th
4000m DMR: Anderson, Innis, Kiblinger, Stephens – 12:01.40, 2nd
5000m: Mary Prouty – 17:41.12, 3rd