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Solomon, Mallard Pace Jackets in Clemson, Vanderbilt Invites

Jan. 20, 2018

Full Results: Clemson | Vanderbilt

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech indoor track and field concluded its weekend of competition at the Clemson Invitational and Vanderbilt Invitational on Saturday evening.

“We made some progress for sure this weekend,” head men’s coach Grover Hinsdale said. “The winter weather has been a factor in our training but the guys are fighting through it. We had several PRs set over the weekend, which we’re always looking for. Nahom Solomon’s 3000-meter race today was a great effort. We will get back at it on Monday as we prepare to head to Clemson next weekend.”

“We had some really good improvements this week from the women. Jeanine Williams was outstanding in the hurdles and so was Raven Stewart,” head women’s coach Alan Drosky said. “The 3000m group of Nicole Fegans, Mary Prouty, Liz Galarza, Hailey Gollnick, and Hana Herndon all had lifetime bests. Amy Ruiz and Haley Anderson were close to personal bests in the mile, and Marie Repasy had a huge personal best in the 5000m. Overall, we have to keep improving each week and we need get everyone healthy. We’re getting there but still have ways to go in a number of areas.”

The Yellow Jackets return to Clemson, S.C. next weekend when they compete in the Bob Pollock Invitational on Jan. 26-27.

Women’s Highlights

Clemson Invitational –

Georgia Tech had one top-10 finish on the shorter Saturday session at Clemson, with Madeline Hammond finishing tied-eighth with a personal-best performance of 1.60 meters in the high jump.

Junior Williams’ time on Friday in the 60m hurdles (8.02 – second place) is currently the second-fastest time in country and top overall in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Vanderbilt Invitational –

The Yellow Jackets also turned out well in the Music City, as freshman Nicole Fegans paced the Jackets in the 3000 meters, turning in a time of 9:45.47 – good for ninth place overall. Meanwhile in the mile, Amy Ruiz turned in a ninth-place time of 4:55.28.

Men’s Highlights

Clemson Invitational –

Hunter Mallard finished fourth in the pole vault with a personal-best height of 4.75 meters before William Solomon placed eighth in the long jump with a personal-best distance of 7.32 meters.

In the triple jump, Preston Smith led Tech with a personal-best mark of 14.02 meters (eighth) while William Solomon finished 10th with a distance of 13.18 meters – setting a new PR as well.

Vanderbilt Invitational –

Senior Nahom Solomon turned in an impressive performance in the 3000 meters, placing third with a PR time of 8:04.71 while Christian Bowles finished 10th with a time of 8:14.84.

In the 400 meters, Daniel Pietsch paced Tech with an eighth-place PR time of 47.97 before Benjamin Jean finished 10th with a 48.05 time. Senior Andres Littig led the way in the 800 meters with a sixth-place time of 1:50.29.

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