THE FLATS – Georgia Tech outdoor track and field kicks off its season on Friday when it hosts the Yellow Jacket Invitational on March 16-17 at the Griffin Track and Field Facility.
The Yellow Jackets will join Alabama A&M, Belmont, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, MTSU, Rutgers and UNC Asheville in the two-day meet, beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. with the hammer throw. Following the hammer throw will be the 5000m before the first day concludes with a 1500m invite.
Field events on the second day begin at 11 a.m. with all running events beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Georgia Tech is coming off a strong indoor season that featured two second-team NCAA all-Americans in Avery Bartlett and Jeanine Williams. Bartlett qualified in the 800 meters where he ran well all year, finishing fifth in the ACC Championships just 0.26 shy of his personal school-record time of 1:47.32. Williams ran the 60m hurdles after leading the ACC all indoor season long and winning the conference meet, ranking fourth in the country and 22nd in the world with a time of 8.02.
Finishing up the indoor season in the ACC Tournament, Benjamin Jean and Daniel Pietsch both had personal-bests in the 400 meters to end the season strong, while senior Preston Smith had a career-effort in the triple jump.
Nahom Solomon continued his impressive year at ACCs by breaking the school record in the 5000 meters to finish fourth.
Anna Hightower also represented the women’s team well in the pole vault, turning in a personal-best clearance of 4.05 meters, while Amy Ruiz finished ninth overall in the mile to get her fifth top-10 finish of the indoor season.