THE FLATS – Georgia Tech track and field sent student-athletes to participate in the Tiger Paw Invitational, the Music City Invitational, and the David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Friday.
Standouts from the day where Mary Prouty and Amy Ruiz who ran in the David Hemery Valentine Invitational. Prouty, who ran in the Music City Invitational, finished in eighth place in the 5000m event with a PR time of 16:52.30. Meanwhile, Ruiz finished in 10th with a time of 4:50.08.
“Amy [Ruiz] put herself in a great position to run an ACC qualifier, but just fell short in the home stretch in today’s mile,” said assistant track and field coach Becky Megesi. “It was also great to see Nicole [Fegans] compete hard in only her second race of the season. She moved well through the 3000m and finished strong. I think both ladies will be ready to have their best races in a couple of weeks at ACC’s.”
At the Tiger Paw Invitational there were many standouts, one of whom was Jeanine Williams. Williams placed third in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.10. This is not the first time she has finished at the top of a 60m event as she has earned two ACC honors this season, ACC Track Performer of the Month, and ACC Track Performer of the Week.
“The Tiger Paw Invitational has become the Who’s Who of sprint, hurdle, and jump programs in the country. Just an incredibly competitive meet,” said men’s track and field head coach Grover Hinsdale. “On the women’s side, Jeanine Williams and Olivia Moore put up outstanding performances in the 60m hurdles and pole vault. On the men’s side, Tyson Spears and Ben Jean put up very impressive performances in the long jump and 400m.”
In addition to Prouty, who ran well at the Music City Invite, Harrison Morris and Matt McBrien also turned in impressive days in the 5000m event. Morris finished in 9th with a time of 14:37.70 and McBrien finished 12th with a time of 14:51.80.
“It was a short day of racing with just the 5000m this evening,” said women’s track and field head coach Alan Drosky. “But Mary Prouty ran an awesome race to better not only her indoor personal best but also her outdoor best. And Harrison Morris was outstanding to run a great time for a true freshman. He was aggressive and competed very well. Matt McBrien bettered his previous indoor best and was close to running a much better race, he just needed to be a little more aggressive in the middle.”
With day one in the books the Jackets will be back at it tomorrow for their last action before ACC’s begin, Feb. 21 – Feb. 23.