THE FLATS – Georgia Tech track and field announced its 2018-19 indoor/outdoor slate on Monday, as it prepares to open up the indoor campaign on Friday Nov. 30 and Saturday Dec. 1 when the Yellow Jackets will send student-athletes to the BSC Indoor Icebreaker located in Birmingham, Ala. and the BU Season Opener in Boston, Mass.
“Our goal each year is to get our guys in the best competition and on the best facilities possible. I believe that this schedule provides both throughout the indoor and outdoor seasons. Each weekend out team members will be provided an outstanding opportunity to compete at a high level,” said men’s track and field head coach Grover Hinsdale.
“We’re excited about the upcoming season for the women,” said women’s track and field head coach Alan Drosky. “Coming off a good fall cross country campaign we feel like there is some really positive momentum as we head into the indoor meets. We have a solid group with experience returning and we add some freshmen who can contribute right away. We have talented women in many different event areas and the goal will be score points at the conference level and advance individuals to the national meet. The schedule is challenging and gives our women great competitive opportunities from start to finish.”
After this weekend, the team will be off until 2019, where it will begin the new year in Clemson, S.C. at the Clemson Invitational on Jan. 11-12. A few weeks later, the Yellow Jackets will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. to compete in the Michigan Invitational on Feb. 1-2.
Tech will then enter championship season with the ACC Indoor Championships taking place in Blacksburg, Va. on Feb. 21-23, followed by the NCAA Championships on March 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala.
The Yellow Jackets will then enjoy a break of just over a month before kicking off the outdoor season at home in the Yellow Jacket Invitational (March 15-16). Tech will also host the Georgia Tech Invitational on April 19-20.
While on the road, Georgia Tech will compete in the Florida Relays (March 28-30), the Tiger Track Classic (April 5-6), and in the Penn Relays (April 25-27). The Yellow Jackets last meet before the postseason is in Athens in the Torrin Lawrence Invitational on April 26-27.
The ACC Championships will be held this year in Charlottesville, Va. on May 9-11. The NCAA East Preliminaries will return to Jacksonville, Fla., taking place on May 23-25, before the NCAA Outdoor Championships get underway in Austin, Texas on June 6-8.
Standouts returning for the Yellow Jackets men’s team are senior Avery Bartlett, a two-time second-team All-American, junior Benjamin Jean, an All-ACC runner, senior Daniel Pietsch, also an All-ACC runner, and senior Nahom Solomon who has one year left of eligibility in indoor competing.
The Jackets also have great standouts returning this season to the women’s team. Senior Jeanine Williams, a two-time second-team All-American and two-time ACC Champion, senior Bria Matthews, a 2016 All-American, and senior Hailey Gollnick, an All-ACC runner, are among the women coming back for the Jackets.