May 13, 2001
Clemson, S.C. – The Georgia Tech men’s track and field team had a strong day, recording a number of top-10 performances and an event win at the Orange and Purple Classic on Sunday afternoon. The one-day meet was held on the campus of Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.
The first event win of the day for the Yellow Jackets came in the long jump, as Chris Crawley won the event with a leap of 23-10. He led a Tech sweep of the top two spots as Brian Fraser finished second with his jump of 23-5. In one of the day’s other jumping events, Spencer Irvine finished third in the triple jump with his distance of 48-6. The high jump saw two Jackets finish in the top six, as Michael Massey placed fifth with a height of 6-6.75, while Keith Schuler placed sixth with a matching height of 6-6.75.
Scott Reida found a place in the top six as he recorded a throw of 141-5 in the discus. In the day’s final field event for Tech, Sean Harrington placed second in the hammer throw as he recorded a toss of 161-3.
One of the Jackets’ top finishers in the track events was Matt O’Brien, who led a Tech sweep of the three through seven spots in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:01.75. Jason Grier (4:01.84), Joe Stegall (4:02.96), Brent Johnson (4:03.89), and Joe Poliseo (4:11.88), followed O’Brien in fourth through seventh places respectively.
Aaron Sink was a fourth-place finisher in the 400-meter hurdles with his time of 54.25 seconds, while Sharif Azim placed sixth in the 400 meters in a time of 47.91. Tech’s Bryan Swarn also ran in the 400 as an unattached competitor, and in his first outdoor performance of the year, won the race in a time of 46.90 seconds.
After his fifth-place effort in the 1500, Joe Stegall led a Yellow Jacket trio in fourth through sixth places in the 800 meters with his time of 1:55.30. Barton Crist (1:58.70) and Ian Miller (2:02.38) followed Stegall in the event.
The Georgia Tech men and women’s track teams will be back in action next weekend in the year’s final qualifying meet prior to the NCAA Championships, as they host the Georgia Tech Invitational on May 18-19 at Griffin Track on the Tech campus. The meet will once again feature one of the year’s top fields of competitors.