Feb. 27, 2008
ATLANTA – After taking a week off to prepare the 23rd-ranked Georgia Tech women’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 noon with the women’s weight throw. The championships will continue on Friday with the women’s long jump at noon. Saturday’s schedule begins with the women’s shot put at 11 a.m.
“As always, it’s going to be a very competitive ACC Championships,” head coach Alan Drosky said. “The women come into the meet ranked well nationally, but this meet places a premium on depth. We’ll line up with the youngest team I can remember, for eleven of our twenty-two competitors it will be their first ACC Indoor experience. It will be a proverbial baptism by fire and we’re anxious to see how they respond.”
The Yellow Jackets are led by senior Fatmata Fofanah, who ranks first in the ACC and the nation in the 60-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 8.04. Fellow senior Shantia Moss, the reigning NCAA Champion in the 60m hurdles, currently ranks third in the conference and fourth in the nation with a time of 8.11.
Junior Alana Clooten ranks fourth in the ACC in the weight throw with a best mark of 60 feet, 6 ¾ inches.
Last season, Tech finished seventh at the indoor championships. Moss finished first in the 60m hurdles and former standout Ashlee Kidd crossed the line first in both the 200- and 400-meter dash.
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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