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Jackets Return to Track at Clemson Invitational

April 8, 2005

ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s track and field teams will hit the flats this Saturday, April 9, for the Clemson Invitational, in Clemson, S.C. The outdoor meet will run all day and serve as the final preparation for the Yellow Jackets before the outdoor Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.

“The Clemson Invitational is a great opportunity to fine tune with the ACC Championships only two weeks away,” said women’s track coach Alan Drosky. “It’s not a large meet but the competition will still be stiff and we expect to see some outstanding performances from our team.”

Six Yellow Jackets have attained NCAA East Region qualifying marks so far this outdoor season.

Defending NCAA outdoor high jump national champion Chaunte Howard leads the way with a mark of 6 feet, 3-and-a-half inches, at the Yellow Jacket Invitational last weekend. Howard, a native of Riverside, Calif., tied a Griffin Track record and received National and ACC Female Performer of the Week honors for her performances. Howard also has NCAA Region qualifying marks in the long jump, 19 feet, 8 inches, and in the 4×100-meter relay (44.45).

Junior Brandy Depland posted a personal-record leap of 43 feet, 3-and-three-quarter inches, in the triple jump at the Alabama Relays. Sophomore Ashlee Kidd clocked regional qualifying times of 23.63 and 52.52 in the 200- and 400-meter dash events for the Jackets last Saturday. Kidd also ran a leg of the 4x100m relay team that posted a region qualifying time.

Junior Andriane Lapsley registered qualifying times for the Jackets in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and 4x100m relay. Lapsley, a native of San Antonio, Texas, ran personal-record times of 11.38 and 23.23 at the Yellow Jacket Invitational last weekend.

Senior Dana Rogers, sophomore Fatmata Fofanah and freshman Shantia Moss tallied qualifying times for Tech in the 100-meter high hurdles. Rogers, a native of East Point, Ga., clocked an outdoor season-best time of 13.27 at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, and also ran a leg of the 4x100m relay. Fofanah, a native of Bronx, N.Y., ran a season-best time of 13.35, while Moss finished with a time of 13.39, at the Yellow Jacket Invitational.

-GT TRACK & FIELD-

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