Jan. 15, 2009
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech men’s and women’s track & field teams will be among tough competition this weekend as they head to the Lexington, Ky., for the Kentucky Invitational. Eleven top-25 teams highlight the field for the two-day meet which starts at 5 p.m. Friday at the Nutter Field House.
“Kentucky will offer us an excellent opportunity to post some quality performances,” men’s head coach Grover Hinsdale said. “They have an outstanding facility and the competition will be outstanding. We are not yet traveling with our full team but we are very much looking forward to this meet.”
The men, who currently lead the ACC in four events (60 meter hurdles, high jump, triple jump and 5,000 meters), will compete in a field that includes No. 4 Florida, No. 9 Louisville, No. 11 Kentucky, No. 16 South Carolina and No. 20 Georgia among others.
They posted strong performances at the Clemson Invitational just one week ago, as senior Jerome Miller automatically qualified for the 2009 NCAA Championships in the high jump. Miller’s jump of 7’4.25″ set a new Tech indoor record and garnered him a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Performer of the Week honors.
Junior Alphonso Jordan also had an excellent meet, winning first-place in the 60 meter hurdles (8.09) and the triple jump (51’2.75″) while placing second in the long jump (23’6.25″). The Charlotte, N.C. native’s mark in the triple was an NCAA provisional qualifying distance.
The women’s side will face the likes of No. 13 Florida, No. 16 South Carolina, No. 20 Miami, No. 22 Kentucky, No. 23 Alabama and No. 25 Louisville at the gathering.
“The Kentucky Invitational will be a great first test for our women this season,” women’s head coach Alan Drosky said. “Last week’s Clemson Invitational was an opportunity to see where the team was after the holiday break. The level of competition at Kentucky will be higher and we need to see everyone improve on last week’s performances. Early in the season, that’s our focus – make improvements from week-to-week.”
The young squad continues to gain experience as five freshmen have made 2009 collegiate debuts so far on the season. Freshman Bailey Wagner took first place in the shot put at the Clemson Invitational with a throw of 46 feet, 10 ¼ inches, the second longest indoor mark in school history.
Sophomore Janae Anderson was the overall winner in the 60 meter dash, as her 7.59 time is the quickest in the ACC on the season.
Results and a complete recap will be available following the conclusion of each day at www.RamblinWreck.com.