May 14, 2005
ATLANTA – Junior Chaunte Howard tied her World top mark in the women’s high jump with a clear of 6 feet, 4 and ¾ inches, setting a new George C. Griffin Track record, to lead the Georgia Tech track and field teams at the Georgia Tech Invitational on Saturday.
“It’s great to rekindle that feeling of competition,” said women’s head coach Alan Drosky. “With exams behind us, this was a great meet to help us get back into the swing of things before the Regional.”
Jerome Miller, a freshman from Stafford, Va., tallied a fourth-place finish in the men’s high jump with a season-best and NCAA Region qualifying mark of 6 feet, 11 and ¾ inches, for the Yellow Jackets.
Montrell Person, a senior from Merriville, Ind., clocked an Atlantic Coast Conference season-best time of 13.71 in the prelims of the men’s 110-meter high hurdles and finished second in the finals with a time of 13.77.
“No one on the team was a surprise qualifier,” said head men’s coach Grover Hinsdale. “Each week you come out and expect the athletes to come out, perform and qualify.”
Lapsley, a junior from San Antonio, Texas, finished second in the women’s 100-meter dash with a NCAA Region time of 11.48. Kidd, a sophomore from St. Petersburg, Fla., crossed the 400-meter dash finish line in fifth place with a NCAA Region time of 52.72.
In the 100m hurdles, sophomore Fatmata Fofanah, freshman Shantia Moss and Rogers qualified for the finals. Fofanah, a native of Bronx, N.Y., finished third with a time of 13.34. Moss, a native of Tamarac, Fla., tied a personal-best time of 13.39 in the 100m hurdles to finish in fourth place, while Rogers, a native of East Point, Ga., finished fifth with a time of 13.53. All three tallied NCAA Region qualifying marks.
Leading the Jackets in the triple jump was junior Brandy Depland and sophomore James Lemons II. Depland, a native of Katy, Texas, finished sixth in the women’s triple jump with a mark of 41 feet, 11 and ¼ inches, while Lemons, a native of Atlanta, posted a personal-record and NCAA Region qualifying mark of 50 feet, 4 inches, in the men’s triple jump.
Junior Chase Sasser posted an outdoor season-best clear of 15 feet, 1 inch, in the men’s pole vault to finish the competition in eighth place.
The Yellow Jackets will take almost two weeks off from competition before heading to the NCAA East Region Championships, May 27-28, in Randall’s Island, N.Y.
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