April 21, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – James Lemons II won the triple jump with a personal-best and NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 52 feet, 4 inches to lead the Georgia Tech men’s track and field team to a sixth-place finish at the 2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championships on Kehoe track at Ludwig Field on the University of Maryland campus on Saturday.
“We came up a little short of where we felt we could be but overall it was a very solid meet for us,” said men’s head coach Grover Hinsdale. “The points were very tight but it was a very good team effort this year. We also had some great individual performances including James Lemons, Steve Marcelle and Jerome Miller. I am just very pleased with the way our team performed this weekend.”
Lemons, a senior from Atlanta, Ga., also broke the track record with his mark in the triple jump. Alphonso Jordan placed third in the event with an NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 50 feet, 4 ½ inches and was followed in fourth by Miller, who also had an NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 49 feet, 9 ¼ inches.
Lemons and Jordan joined seniors Treamon Andrews and Brandon Duckett to place seventh in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 41.63. Tech’s 4×400-meter relay team of Duckett, and sophomores Matt DiDia, E.C. Gibbs and Mario Johnson crossed the line in eighth place with a time of 3:15.23.
Jordan, a freshman from Charlotte, N.C., also scored in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.70 and a seventh-place finish. Sophomore Dave Ford crossed the line eighth with a time of 15.07. Johnson placed eighth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.24.
Gibbs placed fifth in the 1500-meter run with a personal-best time of 3:49.31 to score four points for Tech. Junior Derek Hoye garnered four more points for the Jackets after placing fifth in the 800-meter run in a time of 1:51.01.
Redshirt freshman Steve Marcelle broke the his own school-record in the shot put with an NCAA Regional qualifying throw of 61 feet, 11 ¾ inches for a second-place finish.
The Jackets continue their season next weekend, April 26-28, at the famous Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa.
Men - Team Rankings - 21 Events Scored1) Florida State 166.50 2) Clemson 1183) N.C. State 99.50 4) Virginia 815) North Carolina 77 6) Georgia Tech 717) Virginia Tech 57 8) Maryland 449) Wake Forest 35 10) Miami 3011) Duke 29 12) Boston College 4