CLEMSON, S.C., NASHVILLE, Tenn., BOSTON, Mas. –-The Georgia Tech track and field team wrapped up the final day of the Tiger Paw Invitational, Music City Invitational, and the David Hemery Valentine Invitational.
In a day that saw school records, personal bests and top finishes it was an overall great day for the Jackets.
“The guys had great races today in Boston. Both Avery Bartlett and Nahom Solomon were the top collegiality in their perspective races. Bartlett’s 1:48.68 in the 800m moves him into the 14th spot in the NCAA,” explained assistant track and field coach Becky Megesi.
Solomon broke his own school record by more than four seconds in the 3000m event. His 7:57.73 time puts him second in the ACC standings. He ran a bold race setting the pace and leading the whole race until the last 50m.
“Also in the 3000m Christian Bowles competed hard and is trending in the right direction and Andrew Kent is coming off being sick, but both should be ready to roll at ACC’s in a few weeks,” Megesi continued.
Two ACC qualifying performances with Braeden Collins in the mile and Bennett Hillier in the 800m and both were personal bests. Collins finishes the mile with a time of 4:09.29 with a second place finish.
Hiller, meanwhile, finished with a time of 1:51.36, finishing in fourth place.
Also, outstanding efforts and personal bests from Mike Reilly (4:09.87) and Chris Korabik (4:10.44) in the mile, Tyler Whorton (1:52.47) in the 800m and James Cragin (8:24.30) in the 3000m.
Hana Herndon (9:33.65) and Liz Galarza (9:44.45) in the 3000m, both had personal bests, along with Annie Gallagher (4:56.78) in the mile.
“We had an awesome day today with thirty athletes competing, and nineteen of them performed better than they ever have. Many ran huge personal bests. So a great way to end the regular season. Two guys achieved ACC qualifying marks and that is important because it allows us to enter more athletes at the Championships. Hana Herndon was close to a qualifying also and it was a huge breakthrough for her. Added to that, Liz Galarza and Annie Gallagher had big breakthroughs today,” added women’s track and field head coach Alan Drosky.
Lastly the Tiger Paw Invite brought out great performances from Bria Matthews who finished with a season best in the triple jump with a mark of 12.58m.
“Day two of the Tiger Paw Invitational proved to be as competitive, or more so, than day one. On the women’s side, Bria Matthews put up a season best in the triple jump finishing 5th in a very competitive field,” said men’s track and field head coach Grover Hinsdale.
“On the men’s side, Cole Shea posted another PR in the pole vault (4.86m) and the 4 X 400m relay with a time of 3:12.33. Runners from the relay were Daniel Pietsch, Lionel Jones, Anthony Brooks, and Zach Jones and they posted a season best time. Monday will start a very important week and a half of training as we prepare for the ACC Championship.”
The Jackets won’t compete again until the ACC Championships, Feb. 21 – Feb. 23 in Blacksburg, Virginia.