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Jackets Conclude Day One of Outdoor NCAA Track & Field Championships

June 8, 2005

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sophomore Ashlee Kidd qualified for the semifinals of the women’s 400 meters with a time of 52.98 in round one, posting the eighth best time in the event, to lead Georgia Tech at the Outdoor NCAA Track & Field Championships on Wednesday night.

Kidd, a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., will compete in the semis on Friday night at 10:40 p.m. ET.

Senior Montrell Person advanced to the semifinals of the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 13.77 in round one and finished 15th in the semifinals with a time of 14.11, failing to move on to the finals.

Junior Andriane Lapsley and freshman Shantia Moss advanced to the semifinals of the women’s 100-meter dash and women’s 100-meter high hurdles for the Yellow Jackets with qualifying times of 11.59 and 13.60, respectively. Moss finished 13th in the semis of the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.44, while Lapsley finished 14th in the semis of the 100 with a time of 11.62 (top 9 advanced to finals).

The women’s 4×100-meter relay team of Dana Rogers, Kidd, Lapsley and Shantrell Moss just missed qualifying for the finals with a time of 44.68 in the preliminaries to finish in ninth place. The top-eight finishers advanced to the finals with LSU grabbing the final spot with a time of 44.50.

Senior thrower Dore Madere posted a 19th-place finish in the qualifying round of the women’s discus with a toss of 157 feet, 7 inches, in her first outdoor NCAA meet. Sophomore Fatmata Fofanah finished round one of the women’s 100m hurdles in 20th place, missing qualifying for the semifinals with a time of 13.79 in her first outdoor NCAA Championships.

Junior three-time defending NCAA high jump national champion Chaunte Howard will begin her quest for a fourth consecutive national championship tomorrow in the qualifying round at 6 p.m. ET. Lapsley will also be in action for the Jackets in round one of the 200-meter dash at 8:30 p.m. ET.

The outdoor NCAA Championships will continue on Friday and the action can be followed at www.NCAASPORTS.com.

-GT TRACK & FIELD-

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