THE FLATS – Georgia Tech indoor track and field concluded another strong weekend on Saturday, while splitting into three meets in its final weekend before championship season.
“We had several PRs and ACC automatic qualifying performances over the weekend as we split up the team to attend three different meets,” head men’s coach Grover Hinsdale said. “Nahom [Solomon] continues to stack up great performances as he set a new school record at 3000m. Avery [Bartlett] had a great race at Iowa as well in the 800m. Andrew Kent seems to be coming into form and Frank Pittman ran another excellent mile race as they competed at Vanderbilt. We get back to work on Monday as we prepare for the ACC Championships in two weeks.”
“Good weekend for the women overall,” head women’s coach Alan Drosky said. “Our hurdlers keep performing at a very high level and we had some really big improvements in the distance events with great efforts by Amy Ruiz and Nicole Fegans. In the sprints, we're also moving forward. We've got two more weeks of preparation for ACC's and we need to be ready to go.”
The Yellow Jackets will now have two weeks to prepare for the ACC Indoor Championships in Clemson, S.C. The three-day meet begins Feb. 22.
Iowa State Classic –
Avery Bartlett recorded a season-best and ACC qualifying time of 1:48.56 (seventh place) in the 800m. His performance on Saturday currently ranks as the fastest 800m time in the ACC and the 11th-fastest in the country.
In yesterday’s competition, Nahom Solomon broke the indoor school record in the 3000m with a time of 8:02.00 en route to a second-place finish
Music City Challenge –
In the 800 meters, Andres Littig finished fifth with a season-best time of 1:51.33. Gabriel Darosa also finished in the top 10, placing seventh with a time of 1:51.67. Both times also met the ACC qualifying standard.
In the 3000 meters, Andrew Kent finished sixth with a personal-best and ACC qualifying time of 8:14.63, shaving nearly 11 seconds off his previous best time. Christian Bowles fell just outside the top 10, placing 11 th with an 8:18.16 time.
Music City Challenge –
Freshman Nicole Fegans finished second in the 3000 meters, turning in a season-best time of 9:34.55. Hailey Gollnick also placed in the top 10, turning in a 10th-place personal-best time of 9:55.63. Freshman Hana Herndon also set a new personal record, finishing 11th with a time of 9:55.84.
Setting a new personal record in the mile, Amy Ruiz finished ninth with an ACC qualifying time of 4:47.61.