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Track and Field to Run in NCAA Championships

ATLANTA (May 27) — Georgia Tech’s track and field team will send a contingent of athletes led by senior all-America Andria King to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday through Saturday at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State University will serve as the host institution for the championships.

“Our goal for the all athletes is to qualify for the finals, which means all-America status,” said head men’s coach Grover Hinsdale. “Andria had a sensational race last Saturday and should be poised for a great finals. I believe all our athletes have legitimate capabilities make their finals, where anything can happen.”

Representing Tech in individual events will be senior King (Atlanta, Ga.) in the 100 meter hurdles, senior Jonas Motiejunas (Phoenix, Ariz.) in the 400 meters and junior Becky Megesi (Jonesboro, Ga.) in the 800 and 1,500 meters. Also running will be the men’s 4×400 meter relay team of Motiejunas, junior Michael Johnson (Littleton, Colo.), junior Tosin Tomori (Harare, Zimbabwe), freshman Bryan Swarn (Englewood, Colo.).

King will be participating in her fifth NCAA championship meet and will be looking to cap an outstanding Yellow Jacket career. A four-time all-America, she was the runner-up in last year’s outdoor 100 hurdles. King has posted the nation’s second fastest outdoor time this year with a mark of 12.86 seconds, which she ran last weekend in Tech’s Reebok Invitational.

Motiejunas set a personal best time of 45.75 last weekend and has the nation’s 13th best time in the 400 meters this year. Johnson hit a personal best of 45.96 in breaking 46 seconds for the first time last weekend and Swarn also had a personal top time of 46.18. The 4×400 team has the nation’s 10th best time of 3:04.56 heading into the championships. Motiejunas, granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA due to two achilles surgeries, has run on 1994 and 98 NCAA 4×400 champions, and Johnson was a member of last year’s winning team as well.

Megesi set school records in the 800 and 1,500 meters in last week’s meet with a 2:04.63 in the 800 and a 4:20.17 in the 1,500. Her time in the 800 meters is tied for seventh best nationally and her time in the 1,500 meters is 19th.

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