Feb. 27, 2008
ATLANTA – After taking a week off to prepare, the Georgia Tech men’s track and field team will compete at the 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships Thurs-Sat. at the Eddie Smith Field House/Belk Track on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill.
Competition begins Thursday at 5 p.m. with the men’s weight throw. The championships will continue on Friday with the men’s long jump at noon. Saturday’s schedule begins with the men’s high jump at 11:30 a.m.
“This is the meet that we have focused on since we started conditioning in September,” head coach Grover Hinsdale said. “It always has been, and always will be the main meet of the indoor season. This team has competed well throughout the 2008 indoor season. We are all excited about the opportunity to compete for this Championship.”
The Yellow Jackets are led by senior James Lemons II, who ranks sixth in the nation and second in the ACC in the triple jump with a mark of 52 feet, 8 ¼ inches. Lemons, last seasons ACC Indoor Field Most Valuable Performer, also ranks 11th in the nation and second in the conference in the long jump with a mark of 25 feet, 4 inches. Sophomore Alphonso Jordan ranks ninth in the triple jump with his best mark of 52 feet, 4 ¾ inches.
Senior Derek Hoye has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the men’s 800-meter run with a best time of 1:50.47. Hoye currently ranks third in the ACC. In the shot put, Andy Powlen ranks second in the ACC with his NCAA Championship provisional qualifying time of 58 feet, 3 ½ inches.
The men’s Distance Medley Relay team comes into the ACC Championship ranks first in the conference with a time of 9:56.59.
The Jackets will next travel to the Alex Wilson Invitational on Fri.-Sat., March 7-8 in South Bend, Ind. for their last opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
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