Georgia's Uibo Registers World Leading Mark
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia freshman Maicel Uibo set a school record with a 2013 world-leading mark to win the Bulldog Decathlon at the Spec Towns Track on Friday.
Uibo, a native of Polva, Estonia, completed his first collegiate decathlon by scoring 8,223 points. This is the 11th-best mark in NCAA history (eighth best for a non-wind aided decathlon) and tops the former No. 1 UGA mark of 7,972 set at the 2002 NCAA Championships in 2002.
With his finish, Uibo also hit the Olympics A-standard and eclipsed the mark needed to qualify for the IAAF World Championships, which are in Moscow in August. Also of note, Uibo’s score left the former track record of 7,828, which was set by Florida’s Gray Horn at the 2011 Southeastern Conference Championships, far behind.
“(Thursday) was good and everything else was great, especially the long jump,” said Uibo. “I gave a little bit away in shot put, but the discus today was great. I knew that if I put everything together coming into this event, I could get more than 8,000 points, so I’m happy to come away with more than that.”
Bulldog multi-events coach Petros Kyprianou agreed about the performance.
“Maicel did very well,” said Kyprianou. “This kind of score is amazing this early in the season. Neither him nor me thought he was going to put up a score like that, but it came and it’s more than welcome. I think he certainly has more in the tank, and he showed that he can be one of the best in the world.”
Sophomore Garrett Scantling, who was in the lead coming into the second day, took second in the decathlon with a personal-best score of 7,824. His performance, which featured seven career-best marks, ranks fourth on Georgia’s all-time list.
“(Friday) was perfect, but today started off a little rough,” said Scantling, who is now fourth on the national performance list. “I came back in the javelin with a personal record, so I was excited for that. I’m happy with my performance.”
Senior Lucie Ondraschkova also finished in the lead during the first day of the Bulldog Heptathlon through four of seven events. The Opava, Czech Republic, native scored 3,310 points thanks to grabbing two personal-best efforts and tying another. Her previous day one best was 3,181 set at the 2010 SEC Championships as a freshman.
In addition, junior Elizabeth Tepe responded to the second home meet of her Lady Bulldog career by taking second in the hammer throw during the Spec Towns Invitational portion of the meet. Tepe watched her sixth and final toss travel 195-2, which improved her No. 5 spot in the school record books.
During the final event of the decathlon, Uibo sprinted away from the field in the 1500-meter run to clock a 4:30.60 for his last 741 points. The 35-second gap between his finish and Scantling’s finish solidified Uibo’s 399-point win.
Uibo distanced himself from the field with a mammoth throw in the discus. The true freshman lifted his top throw 161 feet, 3 inches to win the event by more than 30 feet. This shot his total up 852 points and put him 250 points up on Scantling with three events left.
In the pole vault, Uibo picked up his second victory of the day. Uibo, who reached 16-8.75 at the end of the indoor season, won with a clearance of 16-2.75 to give him 895 points in the event.
Uibo earned runner-up honors in the 110 hurdles after crossing the finish line in 14.93. He closed the gap behind Scantling to 21 points at this point after starting the day down 22 points thanks to his 858 points in the hurdles.
Uibo managed a third-place finish in the javelin. He scored 726 points after his top throw measured 194-3.
Scantling left the infield with a 12-foot win in the javelin after recording a career-best toss of 214-1. This gave Scantling 726 points and pulled him within 200 points of Uibo as they headed into the final event.
Improving his former personal best by a foot, Scantling cleared 15-11 in the pole vault one event before the javelin to take second behind Uibo. Like Uibo, he cleared 16-8.75 in the heptathlon pole vault at this year’s NCAA Indoor Championships.
Scantling, who started the competition with five personal-best marks on Thursday, finished third in the 110 hurdles. He finished a hundredth of a second behind Uibo with a 14.94 to add 857 points to his total.
Scantling also had a fourth-place finish in the discus with a mark of 117-8 (581) and was fifth in the 1500 (5:05.08).
Freshman Devon Williams suffered a fall in the hurdles to start his day and did not finish the race. Despite having a mark of 119-4 for 591 points in the discus, Williams pulled out of competition with only three events remaining. He was in third place to start the second day of the decathlon.
In the heptathlon, Ondraschkova matched her personal best in the high jump to 5-7 and score 855 more points. She tied Emory’s Theresa Ford for the victory in the event after securing her final two clearances on her opening attempt.
Staying within striking distance of Vanderbilt’s Jennifer Cannon (13.75) for the length of the race, Ondraschkova posted a monumental personal best in the 100 hurdles to start the day. Ondraschkova, who previously had a career best of 14.29, sped across the finish line in 14.02.
Ondraschkova’s third career best on the day came in the 200 to add 892 points to her total. She finished third in the event with a 24.94, marking the first time she has broken 25 seconds in the event.
In the shot put, Ondraschkova finished third for 587 points with an effort of 35-8.
The first events of the Spec Towns Invitational also got rolling on Friday afternoon. The Bulldog 4x400 relay team had the top collegiate finish (second overall) after completing their laps in a season-best time of 3:10.85. Maurice Freeman handed to Drew Branch as Corey Ashbourne and Eric Mills manned the final two spots.
The women’s 4x400 team, consisting of Quintunya Chapman, Rashan Brown, Torrenzia Lyles and Myasia Jacobs, trimmed five seconds off of their season best to take fourth. Their time of 3:41.69 is the fastest in the last four years for the Lady Bulldogs.
The final three events of the heptathlon begin on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. with the long jump. The Spec Towns Invitational cranks up again at 10:30 a.m. with the women’s javelin and the women’s pole vault. The first event on the track is the women’s 5000 at 1:10 p.m.
Results and a recap will also be found at georgiadogs.com.
South Carolina Notches Two Top-Five Finishes on Friday
ATHENS, Ga. - The South Carolina track and field program competed in the first day of the Spec Town National Team Invitational hosted by the University of Georgia at Spec Towns Track. Competing in just five events on the day, the Gamecocks collected two top-5 finishes.
Senior Breanna Radford continued her run of top-five finishes in the shot put on Friday. Radford recorded a throw of 53-06.25 (16.31) to take second place. Entering the weekend, Radford was ranked third in the SEC and fifth in the East in the shot put with her mark of 54-05 (16.56m).
Redshirt junior Dorian Johnson took fourth in the men’s triple jump. Johnson leap of 49-08.50 (15.15m) secured the top-five finish for the Gamecock. Currently, Johnson is currently ranked fifth in the SEC and 16th in the East.
Tomorrow, a full day of action is slated to start at 10:30 a.m. with the women’s javelin and pole vault. The women’s 5,000-meter run is the first of the track events and is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.
Hoyt Brings Home Shot Put Title for Vols
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – With a huge lifetime best on his final throw under the lights of Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium on Friday night, Tennessee sophomore Matthew Hoty became just the second Vol to win the Sea Ray Relays men’s shot put competition.
Hoty recorded a push of 62-feet, 8.75-inches (19.12m) to jump past Findlay’s Derrick Vicars and win the event on his sixth and final throw. With the win, the Sandusky, Ohio, native becomes the first Vol champion in the event at the Sea Ray Relays since Rob Carlson won it in 1995 with a throw of 61-2 (18.64m).
Since the meet’s inception in 1967, Carlson and Hoty are the Vols only two Sea Ray Relay shot put champions. Hoty’s mark is good for fourth all-time on the UT outdoor records list and entering the meet would rank third in the nation and first in the NCAA East Qualifying List.
Hoty was one of 11 top-five finishers for the Big Orange on Friday.
Sophomore Vol and Cross Country All-American Peter Okwera, who was running for the first time this outdoor season, added to the exciting end of the meet by finishing as the runner-up in the men’s 10,000-meter. Okwera finished in a career best 30 minutes, 10.54 seconds. His teammates Stephen Derlath (6th, 30:37.60) and J.R. Creekmore (16th, 31:36.59) also notched PRs in the race.
Junior Terrance Livingston picked up the first Vol victory on Friday, winning the men’s open 400m in 47.04 seconds.
The Lady Vols put on a show in the open 800m, as underclassmen Amirah Johnson and Alexis Panisse went 1-2 and three of their teammates joined them in the top 10. Lady Vol great Chanelle Price set the pace in the first heat and pulled off with 200 meters to go. Johnson crossed the line in a personal record 2:09.11 and Panisse follow in 2:10.07. Kelsey Kane (2:11.43), Brittney Jackson (2:12.29) and Charity Honeycutt (2:12.37) finished 6-7-8 in the event. It was a PR for both seniors Kane and Honeycutt.
In the field, redshirt freshman Erin Champion picked up back-to-back personal best efforts in the pole vault to finish in fifth with a mark of 13-1.5 (4.00m). Junior pole vaulter Linda Hadfield finished with the same mark, but missed less attempts, so was the fourth-place finisher.
In the first steeplechase of the season, Lady Vol Hannah Davidson finished third in a time of 10:44.75.
In preliminary events, Vol Arnez Hardnick and Lady Vol Kia Jackson performed very well. Hardnick placed second in both the 100m and 200m dash, while Jackson qualified first in the 100m. Freshman Felicia Brown dominated her 200m heat to finish as the top qualifier heading into Saturday’s Showcase. She finished with a wind-aided PR of 23.04 in the event.
Sophomore Jamol James also qualified for the 100m finals on Saturday, while Jarael Nelvis will appear in the 200m final at 12:30 p.m.
The final day of the 47th annual Sea Ray Relays will begin at noon with the highly-competitive women’s invitational discus, where three-time defending champion and former Lady Vol Annie Alexander will look to make it four in a row.
The second-annual Sea Ray Showcase, which is set to begin at 12:30 p.m., features a fan-friendly viewing window for the best races of the meet on Saturday and will consist of the men’s and women’s heats and sections for seven different events, including the 200m, 1500m, 800m, 400m, 100m, distance medley and 4x100m relays. The Showcase will conclude with the honoring of Tennessee’s seniors at approximately 1:45 p.m.
Be sure to follow the Tennessee track & field team on Twitter for in-meet updates at @Vol_Track. Join the conversation by using the official hashtag of the Sea Ray Relays, #SeaRayRelays.