March 24, 2017
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech track and field posted seven top-three finishes and 21 career bests on Friday at the FSU Relays and Raleigh Relays. Marinice Bauman led the way with a first-place finish and career best time in the 400m hurdles in Tallahassee.
“I was very pleased with our 4 x 100m relay today,” said men’s track and field head coach Grover Hinsdale. “Also, Zach Gunnz ran an outstanding 200m race today as well as Andreas Ward in the 110m hurdles. We had several guys compete in their alternate events today which did not help with the team effort but I believe it will be a benefit as we prepare for next weekend’s meet at Florida.”
“The women had some really exciting performances today,” said women’s track and field head coach Alan Drosky. “Starting with the 100m hurdles, Jeanine Williams had a huge breakthrough running an outstanding race, and Kenya Collins, while just off her personal best, is very close to doing something just like Jeanine. Raven Stewart is looking better every week also. Those three joined with Brianna Hayden on the 4x100m relay and got the win while breaking forty-five seconds, which is a huge performance for them. And then in the 400m hurdles, Nicey Bauman broke the sixty-second barrier for the first time in another big performance for us. Charlotte Stephens also had a big breakthrough in the 800m.
“At the Raleigh Relays, Melissa Fairey and Mary Prouty performed very well. So the women took some big steps today, and we’re poised to see a number of other women do some big things in the coming weeks.”
FSU Relays Highlights:
Juniors William Solomon and Ryan Thomas took second and third in the long jump, respectively. Andreas Ward followed up with a third-place finish in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.47. Freshman Bennett Hillier notched a career-best time in the men’s 800, finishing in 1:53.56. The 4×100 relay team of Zachary Gunnz, Tyson Spears, Maurice Simpson and Ward posted a second-place finish with a season-best time of 40.96. Sophomore Lionel Jones finished with a career-best time of 49.36 in the 400m.
Gunnz registered a career-best time of 10.59 in the 100m for a sixth-place finish. Simpson also posted a career best in the 100m with a time of 10.91. Andres Littig recorded a career best in the 1500m with a time of 3:54.46, good for a fifth-place finish. Jag Gangemi also posted a career best in the 1500m with a time of 3:55.63. Eamon McCoy and Alex Grady also notched career bests in the 1500m with times of 3:55.83 and 3:56.55, respectively. Gunnz bested his 200m time by a one hundredth of a second with a time of 21.03. Grady also posted a career best in the 5000m with a time of 15:11.30.
For the women, Bauman finished first in the 400m hurdles, registering a career-best of 59.93, breaking a minute for the first time in her career. Jeanine Williams clocked a personal record of 13.17 in the 100m hurdles, good for a third-place finish. Raven Stewart also posted a career best in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.88. Charlotte Stephens took third in the 800m in her first time racing the event with a time of 2:11.08. Lindsey Wheeler posted an outdoor career best in the 800m with a time of 2:19.23. Kenya Collins, Williams, Brianna Hayden and Stewart teamed up to take second in the 4×100 relay with a time of 44.96.
Raleigh Relays Highlights:
Sophomore Mary Prouty started off the day for the Jackets with a career-best time in the women’s 5000m with a time of 17:11.06. Matthew Munns recorded a career-best time in the men’s 5000m with a time of 14:23.21. Jack Bordoni also notched a career best in the 5000m with a time of 14:36.07. Junior Nahom Solomon posted a personal record in the men’s 10k with a time of 29:57.69.