April 14, 2018
AUBURN, Ala. – Georgia Tech outdoor track and field concluded the Tiger Track Classic on Saturday night, turning in 10 personal records in day two at Auburn.
In addition to the PRs, the Yellow Jackets recorded 15 top-10 finishes to wrap up the weekend.
“We got things off to a great start Friday night, but it felt like we were spinning our wheels today,” head men’s coach Grover Hinsdale said. “I know the wind was a factor on the overall races but, as a whole, I don’t think we were completely vested in the mission. I will say that Maurice Simpson had a very nice day. Time to reset and prepare for a very important home meet next weekend.”
Tech returns to the track next at home when it hosts the Georgia Tech Invitational on April 20-21.
Ksenia Novikova led Georgia Tech in the pole vault, tying her personal record to take gold with a clearance of 4.10 meters – good for her first top-10 ACC mark this season.
Marinice Bauman also continued her fine outdoor season by finishing third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:00.55. Shannon Innis also recorded a top-10 time, tallying a ninth-place time of 1:02.58.
In the 100m hurdles, Kenya Collins led the Yellow Jackets with a sixth-place finish and a mark of 13.59 while Bauman finished just outside the top 10 with a 13.96 PR (11th).
Also getting out to a fast start was Jeanine Williams (24.02) and Brianna Hayden (24.31), who finished sixth and ninth, respectively, in the 200m. Falling just outside the top 10 in the 1500m, Ellen Flood ran a 4:47.35 PR.
Rounding out Tech’s top-10 finishers, Angelica Henderson battled to a ninth-place finish in the 400m, turning in a time of 56.19 overall.
Andres Littig led Georgia Tech on the second day of competition by turning in a second-place time of 1:50.24 in the 800m. Gabriel Darosa also recorded a top time, finishing eighth with a time of 1:53.76.
In the 400m, Daniel Pietsch continued his breakout season by finishing fourth overall with a time of 47.40 for another top-10 ACC time. Benjamin Jean finished right behind Pietsch with a fifth-place time of 47.59 while Ty Brooks finished 10 th (48.11).
Then in the 400m hurdles, Anthony Steets turned in another top-10 finish for the Jackets with a 54.63 time (10th), while Braeden Collins fell just outside the top 10 in the 1500m, running a 4:04.75 PR (11th). Maurice Simpson also turned in an 11th-place finish in the 200m, running a 21.33 PR. Simpson was also able to turn in a personal-best effort in the 100m, recording a time of 10.52 (13th).