Junior Eric Harris (shown above) joined senior Torrin Lawrence as two of the top sprinters at the Kentucky Invitational.
Jan. 14, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Senior Torrin Lawrence won the 60-meter dash, 200 and was part of the winning 4x400 team at the season-opening Kentucky Invitational on Saturday.
The Bulldogs left Lexington, Ky., with six fresh top-10 marks in the school record books as Georgia got an early opportunity to compete at the site of the 2012 Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships.
“I thought we had a pretty good opener with performances that were not super, but good for competing against some SEC teams, Louisville, Miami and Georgia Tech,” said Georgia head coach Wayne Norton. “From a competition standpoint, I thought we did well. We did a solid job of getting the boat off the dock and now we can worry about getting better.”
Lawrence, who was the 2010 NCAA indoor 400 champion and the national runner-up last season, won the 60 with a time of 6.76. His time was just a hundredth of a second off his No. 3 all-time finish in the school record books set at the 2009 Kentucky Invitational.
Junior teammate Eric Harris finished fourth in the event with the fastest time of his career. Harris’ 6.81 moves him to No. 10 in the UGA record books.
In the 200, Lawrence sped to a victory with a time of 21.18, as Harris was the runner-up with a personal-best time of 21.45, which is seventh on UGA’s all-time top-10 list. Lawrence clocked a school record time of 20.77 to win the Kentucky meet three years ago.
“It was reassuring to see Torrin start the year off well as he always does so hopefully we will have some big things coming from him,” Norton said. “Harris had a strong first meet with two (personal bests). We actually had personal bests spread out across the board from freshmen on up so that should give us some confidence.”
Another of those career-best efforts came from sophomore Megan Malasarte. Malasarte completed her laps in the 800 in 2:09.09 to take second. This is the fifth-fastest time in school history.
Daniel Grass paced the Bulldogs in the men’s 800 after finishing seventh with a 1:54.16.
Sophomore Stella Christoforou also started her second track season off in the right direction after taking fourth in the mile with a career-best time of 4:50.42. Christoforou moved to eighth in the school record books with her finish as freshman Carly Hamilton took ninth (4:52.50) and moved to within a second of breaking into the top-10 list.
After freshman Morgann Leleux grabbed a runner-up finish in the women’s pole vault on Friday, freshman Cameron Meyer finished fourth in the men’s pole vault on Saturday. Meyer tied the 10th-best mark in school history on his third and final attempt at 16 feet, 6 ½ inches.
While former Bulldogs David Dickens and LaRon Bennett took first and second, respectively, competing unattached in the 400, Adams ran the 400 in 48.62 for fourth place. Also of note, Foster (48.65) was fifth and Branch (49.38) managed a seventh-place finish.
Georgia returns to action at the Auburn Invitational at the brand new Birmingham Crossplex on Saturday, January 21.