Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – The Georgia Tech men and women’s track and field teams completed competition at the 2001 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships by recording a number of top-10 performances and two more All-ACC performances on the final day. The two-day meet was held at Walt Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
In the final team standings of the meet, the Yellow Jacket women placed fifth with 76 points, which was the second-highest point total for Tech at the ACC Outdoor Meet. North Carolina claimed the women’s team title with a score of 181 points, outdistancing Clemson by 14 points. Tech’s men’s team finished alone in seventh place with 44 points. Clemson won the men’s team title with 189 points, outdistancing Florida State by six points in a race that came down to the meet’s final events.
Both All-ACC performers came from the Tech men, as Montrell Person and Keith Schuler turned in top-three finishes in their respective events. Person, a freshman competing at his first ACC Outdoor Championship, finished third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.18 seconds. He followed that with a seventh-place effort in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.08, he also ran the anchor leg for Tech’s 4×400 relay, which placed fourth with a time of 3:12.43.
Schuler, a sophomore, earned All-ACC accolades in the high jump for the second time in as many years as he placed third with a season-best jump of 6-10.75. Michael Massey joined Schuler in the top 10, as he was eighth with a height of 6-6.75. Schuler also placed sixth in the triple jump, competing in both the high and triple jump simultaneously, with a season-best leap of 47-0.75. Chris Crawley (46-8.75) and Spencer Irvine (45-4.50) finished eighth and tenth respectively in the triple jump.
The Jackets had a number of other top-10 finishes, as Clayton Porter placed fifth in the 100 meters with a season-best time of 10.73 seconds. Sophomore Sharif Azim was fifth in the 400 meters with his time of 47.23 seconds, while Aaron Sink was fifth in the 400 hurdles in a time of 52.89 seconds. Tech’s 4×100-meter relay team had a strong outing, placing third with a time of 41.15 seconds.
On the women’s side, the top placements came in the distance events, with Yellow Jackets finishing in the top six of both the 1500 meters and the 5000 meters. In the 1500, junior Nicole Campbell placed fourth in a season and personal-best time of 4:27.17. During the 5000, freshman Renee Metivier ran a season and personal-best time of 16:49.62 to place fifth, while Amy Dock ran the fastest 5000 of her career, finishing sixth in a time of 17:00.36.
For the fourth time this year, the Tech school record in the shot put fell, as junior Dana Hall placed fifth in the event with a toss of 46-3.50. The throw bettered Cassandra Worthy’s school best of 46-1.50, set at the Florida Relays on March 30. Worthy was also among the top 10, as she finished eighth with a distance of 43-8.50.
Tech also recorded top-10 finishes in the hurdle events, as in the 100-meter hurdles, Alisha McClinton (14.05), Mishanta Reyes (14.16) and Nikole Jeffery (14.52) finished in seventh through ninth places respectively. In the 400-meter event, Jamie Ostrov (1:04.22), Alberta Watkins (1:04.420 and Tosan Osaigbovo (1:04.58) all scored for the Jackets by finishing sixth through eighth respectively. The day’s final top-10 finisher was Jessica DeFreitas in the 100 meters, placing ninth with a time of 12.19 seconds.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action in the coming weeks by competing at the Penn Relays (April 26-28), the Jesse Owens Classic (May 6) and the Orange and Purple Classic (May 13).