Day One of GT Invite in the Books
Brandon Lasater wins 1,500 meters
THE FLATS -- Senior Brandon Lasater won the men's 1,500 meters to highlight the first day of the Georgia Tech Invite at Griffin Track on a rainy Friday. The men's pole vault will be completed Saturday at 2:30 p.m. along with another full day of events beginning with the women's high jump at 11 a.m.
Lasater won the men's 1,500 meters in a time of 3:42.92, and Jeremy Greenwald placed third with a personal-best time of 3:44.43. On the women's side, Morgan Jackson placed fourth in the 1,500 meters in a time of 4:28.48. Teammate Rachel Hammond also placed in the top 10 in seventh with a personal-best time of 4:32.19.
Kenya Collins ran a PR time of 14.01 in the preliminaries of the 100 meter hurdles and placed ninth in the semi-finals with a time of 14.05, just missing qualifying for the final round. Also in the hurdles, Spencer Allen placed fourth in the prelims in a time of 14.46 and took fifth in the semi-finals with a time of 14.31 to qualify for finals Saturday.
In the 100 meters, Jamilah Middlebrooks placed sixth in the prelims with a time of 11.96 and improved that time to a personal-best 11.78 in the semi-finals to qualify for the finals on Saturday. Zachary Gunnz ran to a time of 10.66 in the 100-meter preliminaries and improved that time to a career-best 10.63 to qualify for the finals Saturday.
Freshman Charlotte Stephens finished first for Georgia Tech and fifth overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a personal-best time of 11:09.68, while teammates Courtney Naser (PR - 11:13.27) and Hailey Gollnick (PR - 11:16.26) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Justin Weaver (PR - 9:32.39) and Alex Grady (PR - 9:33.89) finished back-to-back in second and third, respectively, in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with Miles Dayoub in fifth place (PR - 9:51.84).
In the field events, Ashleigh Uhl placed ninth with a javelin throw of 29.48m (96-09).