Feb. 27, 2010
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Georgia Tech women’s track & field team is in seventh place, while the men’s team sits in eighth after the second day of the 2010 ACC Indoor Championships held at the Rector Fieldhouse on the campus of Virginia Tech.
Tech was led on the day by junior Joanna Wright, who captured the women’s portion pole vault with an impressive mark of 13′ 9¾” in the finals.
The mark was not only a career-best for Wright, but much more, as the junior set the indoor school record in the event, beating out the old mark that was shared by herself and Jessica Graff (13-2.50). The mark also qualified Wright for the upcoming NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
On the men’s side, junior Alphonso Jordan finished second in the finals of the long jump to lead the way. His mark of 25′ 2¾” was a career indoor best for the senior and was also an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark.
Elsewhere in finals action on the day, sophomore Mary Kate DuBard had an impressive seventh place finish with a time of 16:56.73 in the finals of the women’s 5000-meter run, sophomore Jhanelle McLeod finished 11th in the women’s portion of the long jump with a mark of 19′ 1½” and Bailey Wagner also placed 11th in the women’s weight throw with a 52′ 2¼” mark. In the men’s portion of the weight throw, Ducan Thompson finished seventh overall with a throw of 60′ in the finals.
Most of the action on the day was in preliminary events. First in the prelims for the women’s 200-meter dash, junior Jenae Anderson qualified for tomorrow’s final with a time of 24.24. The women’s 400-meter dash finals will have two Georgia Tech runners involved, as both Tiffany Grant and Kellie Christian qualified. Grant finished fourth overall in the session in a time of 55.09, while Christian was eighth in 55.50. Sophomore Annie Martin rounded out the Goergia Tech women who qualified for a final tomorrow, as she was successful in the women’s one mile run with a time of 4:54.08.
On the men’s side, junior Antonio McKay Jr. qualified for the tomorrow 400-meter dash final with a time of 47.36. The time was the second fastest of the day and was also an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark. Jordan also qualified for the 60-meter hurdle final with a time of 7.86 today, which was also both the second fastest of the day and an NCAA Provisional Qualifying mark.
Action gets underway tomorrow at the ACC Indoor Championships at 10 a.m. with the finals of the women’s high jump. Fans are reminded that they can follow all the action from Blacksburg at http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-itf-livestats.html. Also, theACC.com will be providing live video from the Rector Fieldhouse on Saturday starting at 2 p.m. at this link: http://www.theacc.com/championships/10-itf-championship.html.
Complete results and a recap will be available after the conclusion of the day on www.RamblinWreck.com.