April 7, 2017
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Georgia Tech track and field put up four top-three finishes to kick off the competition at the Tennessee Relays for the Jackets on Friday. The competition wraps up on Saturday with the men’s triple jump and relays.
“We had a good day one of the Tennessee Relays,” said women’s track and field head coach Alan Drosky. “The conditions weren’t the best with strong winds and cold temperatures so the performances were affected. Jeanine Williams’ win in the 100m hurdles was outstanding, beating some really good hurdlers. Marinice Bauman had another great effort in the 400m Hurdles, close to her best time ever, and Brianna Hayden ran very well in the 100m. Ksenia Novikova did a great job in the pole vault dealing with the swirling winds.”
“I was pleased with the effort from the guys today,” said men’s track and field head coach Grover Hinsdale. “The cold and wind had an effect on the performances but we had some very good efforts by several individuals today.”
Junior William Solomon launched himself to a third-place finish in the long jump with a new career-best mark of 7.42m. This mark ranks first in the ACC this season. Andres Littig followed up with a third-place finish in the 800m, clocking in at 1:50.94. Freshman Tyson Spears matched his career best time of 10.56 in the 100m, good for a fourth-place finish. Maurice Simpson registered a career best in the 100m with a time of 10.88.
Christian Bowles, Jack Bordoni and Tanner Shaw wrapped up the day with career bests in the 5000m. Bowles clocked in at a time of 14:27.91 for a sixth-place finish. Bordoni and Shaw posted times of 14:34.11 and 14:34.13, respectively.
Jeanine Williams and Ksenia Novikova highlighted the women’s performances. Williams took a first-place finish in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.57. Novikova placed second in the pole vault with a mark of 4.00m. Anna Hightower vaulted to a career best in the pole vault with a mark of 3.70m. Brianna Hayden notched a new career best in the 100m dash with a time of 11.78, good for a seventh-place finish.
Rebecca Entrekin and Hannah Petit also put up career bests in the 5000m. Entrekin put up a personal-best time of 17:57.09, shaving off more than 30 seconds from her previous best, while Petit crossed the line in 18:13.51.