Jackets succeed at Rod McGravy Inv.

The Tech Track and Field teams had a successful weekend at an event hosted in Lexington by the University of Kentucky. Athletes from Tech performed well all around and brought the school the gold in the men’s high jump.

Senior Mykhail Chambers cleared 2.04 meters to take the gold medal in the high jump, while freshman Brandon Mbaba reached 1.99 meters for third place.

In the women’s long jump, sophomore Julienne McKee leaped 5.97 meters for second place. McKee also placed second in the women’s triple jump with a distance of 12.46 meters. Senior Jhanelle Mcleod also placed in the top ten for the triple jump, clearing a distance of 11.88 meters.

The men had a productive day on the track, placing high in the mile run, the 200-meter dash, and the 800-meter run.

Sophomore Alec Clifford, freshman Jeremy Greenwald and junior Eric Powers placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the mile run. All three crossed the line within one second of each other, the first after 4:10.04, and the last after 4:10.82.

In the 800-meter run, senior Rick Scheff and freshman Zack Fanelty placed fifth and seventh. Junior Perron Jones came in third in the 200-meter dash.

For the women, freshman Stephanie Kalu finished in fourth place in the 60-meter dash with a final time of 7.52 seconds.

The next event for the Jackets is the VT Elite Invitational in Blacksburg, Va., this weekend, Feb. 3-4.