ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Georgia Tech track and field team finished the last day of the Power Five Invitational on Saturday afternoon, at the U-M Indoor Track Building, with great performances from the men’s and women’s teams.
In particular, senior Avery Bartlett finished first in the 800m run with a time of 1:49.02. His time set both the meet and facility records. It was Bartlett’s first time running in the 800m this season.
“This was a very solid meet for the men’s team. We had several PRs but there were three guys that really stood out to me,” said men’s track and field head coach Grover Hinsdale. “Avery Bartlett looked very good in winning the 800m. He ran a very solid 1200m leg on the DMR as well as a great leg on our 4 x 400m relay.”
Also turning in stand out performances were Daniel Pietsch and Anthony Brooks, who are both rounding into form in the 400m. Pietsch won the event with a time of 47.89, while Brooks also ran well finishing in third with a time of 48.55.
“Michael Reilly ran a really nice 3000m race and Daniel Pietsch put in his best performances of the season running very solid 400m legs in the DMR and 4 x 400m relay and won the 400m,” Hinsdale continued. “We have work to do but we are making good progress. We will head back, get to work, and prepare for very challenging meets at Clemson and Vanderbilt next weekend.”
Michael Reilly finished third in the 3000m with a PR of 8:21.19.
On the women’s side, Bri Hayden won the 200m event with a time of 24.17.
“Bri winning the 200m was outstanding and both Nicole [Fegans] and Mary [Prouty] ran very competitively in the 3000m in the first races of the indoor season for them,” added women’s track and field head coach Alan Drosky. “Having those three rounding into form as we head into the last few meets of the season is very positive for the team.”
Fegans finished seventh in the 3000m with a time of 9:42.74, and Prouty finished ninth with a time of 9:46.60.
“We had a good weekend in Ann Arbor. A number of the women were racing their primary event for the first time this season and the results were very encouraging,” Drosky added. “We had a lot of personal bests and that’s a great way to open .”
The Yellow Jackets are back in action next weekend, splitting the squad between Boston, Mass. for the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, Clemson, S.C. for the Tiger Paw Classic and Nashville, Tenn. for the Music City Invitational.