April 18, 2007
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s track and field team will be competing at the Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Championships this Thurs. – Sat., April 19-21 on the Kehoe Track Complex at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
Field events are scheduled to begin on Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m. with the men’s hammer throw. The men’s 10,000-meter run is the first running event of the championships and is set to also begin on Thursday at 7:45 p.m.
“We look forward to our trip to Maryland to compete in the ACC Championships,” said men’s head coach Grover Hinsdale. “Our team responded well to the challenge at the 2007 Indoor Championships and I fully expect them to put forth the same effort during the outdoor edition. We are excited about the opportunity ahead of us.”
Junior Jerome Miller, the current ACC leader and Tech record-holder in the men’s high jump with a mark of 7 feet, 3 inches, will look to sweep the indoor and outdoor titles. He currently leads his closest opponent by over 4 feet.
Senior James Lemons II also hopes to pull off the sweep, as he currently has an ACC season-best mark of 51 feet, 8 ½ inches in the triple jump. Freshman Alphonso Jordan is second with a mark of 50 feet, 7 inches.
Redshirt freshman Steve Marcelle, the school-record holder in the shot put, is in second place in the conference with a mark of 60 feet, ½ inch. Sophomore Andy Powlen is in fifth place in the shot put with a season-best mark of 56 feet, 6 ¾ inches.
Junior Derek Hoye currently sits third in the 800-meter dash with a season-best time of 1:50.17. The Jackets 4×400-meter relay team of Mario Johnson, Brandon Duckett, Austin Whittington and Matt DiDia are in fifth place going into the championships with a season-best time of 3:17.88.
Exclusive three-day coverage of the championships will be available for fans to watch at 8 p.m. ET nightly from Thursday through Saturday on ACC Select. Thursday and Friday’s coverage will consist of recaps of 30 minutes or more showcasing the highlights and triumphs from the majority of the day’s competition, with events that begin later in the evening being part of the following day’s show. Saturday’s show will feature a recap of all of the day’s events, including the awards presentation.