Jackets show best performance to finish first home meeting – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
THE APARTMENTS – Georgia Tech Athletics participated in day two of the Yellow Jacket Invite, earning three first-place finishes and five other top-three performances.
The women’s high jump was all Tech in the top three. Shanty Papakosta (first, 1.76m), Carla du Plessis (second, 1.71 m) and Camille Trotmann (third, 1.66m) were the best in the event.
Olivia Moore and Lydia Troop were Georgia Tech’s other top finishes, winning the women’s pole vault (4.10m) and 400 hurdles (1:01.14), respectively.
The remaining first three places came from Riley Perlakowski (second, 800m, 2:10.44), the women’s 4x100m team (second, 46.63) and McKinley Thompson (third, high jump, 1.95m).
The white and gold will compete in two meetings next week with split action at the Raleigh relays and the Florida relays.
FEMALE HEAD COACH ALAN DROSKY
“It was great to open the outdoor season at home, and the women responded with outstanding performances across the board. The high jumpers swept the top three spots. Shanty was very consistent and didn’t missed until she got the win. Carla is working out some technical issues and I think we’ll see something big from her soon. Camille also had a great day and hopefully can become consistent at this level every time. In the vault, Olivia was her usual outstanding personality to take the win. Mikayla landed a strong second in the long jump. So a great weekend for the jumps team.
Sheleah Harris had a big weekend with personal bests in both short sprints. She also ran the anchor leg on the 4 x 100m. The relay had a strong first effort of the season. Taylor Grimes and Anna Witherspoon have focused on the relay for this competition, and we look forward to seeing them both in the short hurdles soon. Taylor and a now healthy Anna will give us a great 1-2 punch there.
In the long hurdles, Lydia closed very well to take the victory just at the finish. His time was a great personal best. Riley Perlakowski also closed strong in the 800m, narrowly missing out on victory. And Ilene, over 400m, is making great improvements.
I was impressed with the women this weekend and saw a lot of good things that we can continue to build on.
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