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Taylor Grimes Qualifies for 100m Hurdles Finals at ACCs

DURHAM, N.C. – Georgia Tech track & field competed at day two of the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Friday. Taylor Grimes qualified for the 100m hurdles after winning her heat and John Watkins scored the first points on the men’s side with his eighth-place finish in the triple jump.

Grimes was in the second heat of the 100m hurdles, winning her race by 0.18 seconds to secure the automatic qualifying spot. Grimes ran a personal best time of 13.37, 0.01 seconds behind the second fastest time in prelims. Grimes will race at 5:40 p.m. on Saturday.

Watkins was the first male Yellow Jacket to score at ACCs when he leapt to a mark of 15.28m (50’ 1 ¾”) into a 2.2 m/s headwind. This secured eighth place and one point for the men’s side.

Personal bests were plentiful for the Jackets. In the women’s 100m, Sheleah Harris ran a time of 11.60 for her new personal best. The women’s 800m saw personal bests from Kayla Rose (2:09.49) and Allie Walker (2:13.29) and the men’s 800m had personal bests from Parker Buchheit (1:50.66), Nick Nyman (1:51.43) and Harrison Fultz (1:52.38).

The White and Gold will compete in the final day of the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday. It will be all finals and will feature the final ACC Championships for Nicole Fegans who holds nine track & field school records, is a three-time ACC champion and four-time track & field All-American. Fegans will be racing in the 5000m.

Other Georgia Tech athletes to watch include high jumpers Carla duPlessis and Shanty Papakosta who are both own the third highest marks in the ACC. The Yellow Jackets are guaranteed points from Grimes and Lydia Troupe in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles finals, respectively

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