Jan. 17, 2008
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s track and field teams will travel to Clemson for the second time this season to compete at the Clemson Invitational this weekend. The two-day indoor meet will be held at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex Friday-Saturday, Jan. 18-19.
The meet gets underway on Friday at 5 p.m. with the men’s Distance Medley Relay and the men’s weight throw. The competition continues on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. with the men’s shot put, men’s high jump and women’s triple jump.
“This is an important meet for our team in many ways,” men’s head coach Grover Hinsdale said. “The track (200m flat) at Clemson is similar to the UNC track that will host the Atlantic Coast Conference Indoor Championships in late February. This will be a very competitive meet and will provide our team members a great opportunity. We were pleased with what we accomplished last weekend in Lexington and we look forward to building on that success at Clemson.”
“This meet will give us a good opportunity to get used to tighter turns for our long sprinters,” women’s head coach Alan Drosky added.
This weekend’s meet will mark the 2008 debut for the reigning 60-meter hurdles NCAA Champion Shantia Moss. Also competing for the women will be senior Fatmata Fofanah, who became the first women in the ACC to automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships last weekend with her personal-best time of 8.04 in the 60m hurdles. All-American thrower Kimery Hern will also compete at Clemson.
“Coming off a solid first meet last week, we’ll go to Clemson looking to improve on those performances and continue preparing for the ACC Championships,” Drosky said.
Senior James Lemons II and sophomore Alphonso Jordan, who have already achieved NCAA Championship provisional marks in the triple jump this season, will lead a men’s squad consisting of 18 competitors. Also making the trip will be the school-record holder in the shot put, sophomore Steve Marcelle.
The track & field teams will next travel to the Tom Jones Memorial at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Fla.
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