SCOTT LOWERS SCHOOL MARK IN 800 AT GEORGIA TECH INVITATIONAL

Meet: Georgia Tech Invitational
Location: Atlanta, Ga. (George C. Griffin Track & Field Facility)

The short story: Nichelle Scott shattered her own school record in the 800-meter run to spark VCU in Day Two of the Georgia Tech Invitational Saturday in Atlanta.
 
THE FINISH LINE
  • Scott, a junior from Chesterfield, Virginia, clocked 2:08.36 to place third behind Megan Malasarte (2:06.58), a former All-American for Georgia now running professionally for the Atlanta Track Club, and Emily Buwalda (2:07.88), who ran unattached.
  • Scott, the reigning Atlantic 10 Conference champion in the 800, lowered her previous best outdoor mark by nearly two seconds. She holds both the program's indoor and outdoor 800-meter records.
  • Freshman Makayla McGowan notched a pair of personal bests on the way to top-five finishes in both the shot put and discus. McGowan, a Nokesville, Virginia native, threw 14.41 meters in the shot on the way to a third-place finish. It's the farthest throw in that event by a Ram this season. McGowan also placed fifth in the discus when she recorded a mark of 45.75 meters on her next-to-last throw.
  • Meanwhile, the 4x400-meter relay team of Scott, Taylor Watkins, Ashley Greenlee and Ann Sheehy recorded a season-best time of 3:45.28 to earn a runner-up finish. That time is an IC4A qualifying mark.
  • The 4x100 relay squad of Latrice Morris, De'Nisha Smith, Alex Willis and Dajae Goulet clocked an IC4A-qualifying 46.04 to place third behind Syracuse (45.23) and East Tennessee State (45.38).
  • Junior Taylor McCormick leaped 11.89 meters to record a third-place finish in the triple jump.
NEXT UP
VCU will look to repeat as Atlantic 10 Conference Champions May 6-7 at the league's annual championship in Amherst, Massachusetts.