April 18, 2007
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’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 11:0 a.m. with the women’s high jump. The women’s 10,000-meter run is the first running event of the championships and is set to also begin on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.
“The ACC Outdoor Championship looks to be another exciting conference meet with outstanding competition and a great atmosphere,” said women’s head coach Alan Drosky. “Our women have had three solid outdoor meets to prepare for this meet. We are pretty healthy, and ready to go.”
Senior Ashlee Kidd, who will be entering her final ACC Championship meet, will look to go out on top. The sprinter from St. Petersburg, Fla. will look to match her Indoor Champion success at the outdoor event this season. Kidd is a two-time ACC Indoor Most Valuable Performer. She currently leads the conference in both the 200- and 400-meter dash and is also a member of the second-ranked 4×100-meter relay team.
The Jackets will also look for a great performance from junior Shantia Moss, the NCAA Indoor 60-meter hurdle champion, to take home her first 100-meter hurdle championship. She currently sits in first place in the conference with a season-best time of 13.22. Senior Fatmata Fofanah has the third-best time in the ACC at 13.45.
Junior Elena Linn is second in the ACC in the 3,000-meter steeplechase after running a career-best and NCAA Regional qualifying time of 10:30.63 at the Auburn Tiger Classic.
School-record holder, sophomore Kimery Hern, will look to improve on her personal-best mark of 189 feet in the hammer throw, which places her second in the conference. Freshman Samantha Musil will also be looking to score at the conference meet, sitting fifth in the discus with a best mark of 158 feet, 1 inch.
“We’re expecting some great individual performances and we’re also expecting to be stronger in the team competition than we were indoors,” added Drosky. “We are a much more solid team outdoors this year with the additional events that we can score in and with the addition of some individuals who didn’t compete indoors for us.”
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.