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Tech Track & Field Turns In Strong Performance At Kroger Invitational

ATLANTA (January 21) – The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s track and field teams continued its strong start in the 2000-01 indoor season by recording a number of top 10 finishes at the Kroger Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.

The Yellow Jackets’ women’s team was led by Jessica DeFrietas, who won the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.60, placed sixth in the 200 meters (25.01) and was eighth in the long jump with a distance of 19-2.50. DeFrietas’ time in the 60 was the fastest in the ACC this year. She was the third fastest collegian in the 200 meter event.

DeFrietas was joined in the top five of both the 60 and 200 by freshman Amandi Rhett, who was third in the 60 with a time of 7.64 seconds. Rhett also placed fourth in the 200 with a time of 24.75 seconds.

Rookie Renee Metivier turned in her top performance of the year in the 3,000 meters as she placed third with a time of 9:49.88, which is the second-fastest in the ACC this year. Sophomore Amy Dock joined Metivier among top distance performers with a top-three finish in the 5,000 meters, recording the fastest time in the ACC this year with a 17:33.03. Senior Tina Frey was fourth in the same event with her 18:27.64.

The Jackets continued their strong distance medley relay performances by placing second with a time of 11:49.24.

In the field events, sophomore Jamie Ostrov turned in a season-best performance in the high jump, finishing fifth with a height of 5-6.50. Freshman Jodie Nettles was third in the pole vault with a height of 11-5.75. Mishanta Reyes and Angela Levens were each third in the long jump and the weight throw with their performances of 19-10.75 and 55-9 respectively.

On the men’s side, senior Clayton Porter placed fourth in the 60 meters with a time of 6.87, tying Virginia’s Shay Clark for the fastest time in the conference. Porter also finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 24-11.25, which is the second-fastest in the ACC this year.

Sophomore Bryan Swarn placed fourth in the 400 meters with his season-best time of 48.10. Tech freshman Montrell Person was eighth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.30 seconds.

Sophomore Keith Schuler turned in his top performance of the year in the high jump, recording a height of 6-11.75. He was joined in the top 10 by rookie Michael Massey with a jummp of 6-8.

The Georgia Tech track teams will return to competition this weekend, when they travel to Johnson City, Tenn., to compete in the IKON Invitational.

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