ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Georgia Tech track and field team had a successful day one of the Power Five Invitational on Friday afternoon at the U-M Indoor Track Building.
Yellow Jackets Elizabeth Rice and Claire Mortiz both had great performances in the 3000m event. Rice finished in fourth with a PR time of 9:59.99, and Mortiz finished in seventh with a PR time of 10:11.79.
“Liz Rice and Claire Moritz ran really well in the 3K and Liz Galarza had a really good day in the mile,” added women’s track and field head coach Alan Drosky. “There is a lot more racing tomorrow, the facility is outstanding, and we’re excited about the opportunities we are going to have.”
In the men’s distance medley relay the Yellow Jackets finished first. Avery Bartlett, Daniel Pietsch, Tyler Whorton, and Nahom Solomon finished with the best time of the season for the Jackets with a time of 9:46.85.
“We had a good first day. The objective today was for the distance medley relays to record times that will secure spots in the seeded sections of the conference meet coming up in a few weeks,” said Drosky. “The men certainly did, and the women’s time would have made the seeded section for the last few years.”
In the women’s distance medley relay, Amy Ruiz, Denise Woode, Annie Gallagher, and Hana Herndon finished in fourth with the best time of the season, 11:41.52.
Also having a good day was Liz Galarza. Galarza finished in 11th place in the mile with a PR time of 4:59.36.
The Jackets will be back in action for day two of the Power Five Invitational. Both field and track events will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.