May 30, 2006
ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Brandy Depland, Fatmata Fofanah, Ashlee Kidd, Andriane Lapsley, Shantia Moss and Jacqua Williams all qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, June 7-10, in Sacramento, Calif.
Depland, a senior from Katy, Texas, was an at-large qualifier in the women’s triple jump after finishing 10th at the NCAA East Region Championships last weekend. Her season-best outdoor mark of 43 feet, 5 ¾ inches, was good enough to qualify her for the meet, ranking as the 12th best mark this season. Depland earned All-America honors at last year’s outdoor NCAA meet.
Fofanah, a junior from Bronx, N.Y., earned a spot at the national qualifying meet for the second consecutive season with a personal-record time of 13.20 at the NCAA East Region meet last weekend, finishing in sixth place. That time is currently 17th in the nation in the women’s 100-meter high hurdles.
Kidd, a junior from St. Petersburg, Fla., is Tech’s top chance at winning a national title in the women’s 400-meter dash. She finished third at the NCAA East Region meet in the 400 with a personal-best time of 51.58, placing her fourth in the nation. She is a three-time All-American for the Jackets and will also run a leg of the national qualifying 4x100m relay team.
Joining Kidd on the 4x100m relay team is Lapsley. A senior from San Antonio, Texas, Lapsley ranks 19th in the women’s 200-meter dash with a lifetime-best time of 23.23, recorded at the Yellow Jacket Invitational. She posted top-eight finishes at the regional meet in the 100, 200 and 4×100.
Moss will compete in the 100m HH and 4x100m relay for the Yellow Jackets. A sophomore from Tamarac, Fla., Moss finished fourth in the women’s sprint hurdles with a lifetime-best time of 13.12. Her time is the 13th-fastest mark this outdoor NCAA season.
Williams will anchor the women’s 4x100m relay team (Moss, Kidd, Lapsley, Williams) that finished fourth at the NCAA East Region Championships with a time of 44.23. Tech clocked a season-best time of 44.02 to win the prelim heat at the regional meet and ranks 10th in the NCAA.
The top eight finishers from each event will earn All-America honors. Tech’s 4x100m relay team has placed in the top 10 in each of the last two outdoor seasons (9th in 2005; 6th in 2004).
The Jackets finished ninth on the women’s side at the NCAA East Region meet. For complete information on the meet, please go to NCAA Outdoor Championship Central