April 16, 2004
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Sophomore Chaunte Howard won her fourth straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship in the high jump with an ACC and Tech record clear of 6’4.75″ to lead the Georgia Tech women’s track and field team in day one of the Outdoor ACC Championships. Howard’s mark is the best achieved by an American and equals the World’s best mark this season. Howard also automatically qualified for the Olympic team trials. The Tech women stand fourth with 28 points, while the men’s track and field team scored 23 points to finish fifth after the first day of competition.
Howard captured her second All-ACC honor of the meet with a runner-up finish in the long jump. The Riverside, Calif., native had a NCAA Region qualifying mark of 20’3.75″. Sophomore Brandy Depland finished fifth with a NCAA Region mark of 19’8.75″.
Junior Marcus Canty won his first ACC title for the Yellow Jackets with a season-best toss of 227’01” in the javelin throw. Junior Anthony Hoover tallied a fifth-place finish with a throw of 188’10” and junior Greg McCormick finished seventh with a mark of 174’06”.
Junior Holt McPherson posted a mark of 23’9.50″ in the long jump to finish fourth for the Yellow Jackets.
Senior Amandi Rhett qualified for the finals tomorrow in the 100- and 200-meter dash races with times of 11.81 and 23.77, respectively. Freshman Ashlee Kidd moved on to the finals in the 200 and 400 meters, with times of 23.54 and 53.42.
Junior Dana Rogers advanced to the finals tomorrow in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 100-meter hurdles. Rogers posted a time of 12.11 in the 100, 24.25 in the 200 and 13.53 in the 100mHH.
Sophomore Andriane Lapsley and Howard qualified for the finals in the 100mHH for the Jackets. Lapsley finished with a time of 13.87, while Howard tallied a time of 13.90, both season-best times.
Sophomore Simone Parker posted a mark of 155’01” in the discus to finish third and earn her first All-ACC honor as a Yellow Jacket.
Junior Brian Ford qualified for the men’s 400-meter finals with a time of 47.83.
Leading the way for Tech in the 800 meters were seniors Brendon Mahoney and Barton Crist. Crist moved on to the finals with a time of 1:52.96, while Mahoney posted a qualifying time of 1:53.32. Mahoney also qualified for the finals in the 1500 meters with a time of 3:53.34. Teammate Neil McDonagh also advanced to the finals in the 1500 with a time of 3:49.69.
Picking up qualifying times in the 400-meter hurdles for the Jackets were Priscilla Reed and Jordan Crosby. Reed finished with a time of 1:02.82 in the women’s 400mH, while Crosby posted a time of 54.31 in the men’s 400mH.
Despite having a fracture in his foot, junior Montrell Person posted the top time in the 110-meter hurdles with a mark of 13.85. Freshman Cristan Duvall finished sixth in the finals of the men’s 3000 steeplechase with a season-best time of 9:19.04.
The Outdoor ACC Championships will conclude on Saturday, April 17, on Belk Track at Fetzer Field on the campus of North Carolina.