Georgia's Kendell Williams Sets American Junior Record At Cherry & Silver Invite
Asianna Covington - Weight Throw, Cherry & Silver Collegiate Invitational
Jan. 25, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Georgia freshman Kendell Williams set a new American Junior record in the pentathlon with 4,302 points on Friday at the opening day of the Cherry & Silver Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.
The previous American Junior record in the pentathlon was set in 2005 by Penn State's Gayle Hunter with 4,059 points. Williams' mark is currently leading the nation and is No. 2 in the Lady Bulldog record books.
Lady Bulldog senior Lucie Ondraschkova finished second overall with 4,218 points, just 10 points off of her personal best mark and currently the No. 2 mark in the nation. Quintunya Chapman finished sixth in the competition with 3,670 points in her collegiate multi-event debut.
"Kendell and Lucie have gotten the weekend off to a great start with performances that are highly-ranked nationally," said head coach Wayne Norton. "That is important because to be the caliber of team we aim to be, we need our top people to begin to get high up on the national list. And Asianna's mark is superb considering it is her first one ever. As she gains experience, she will get better and throw a lot farther. Maicel also had the kind of first day that sets him up well for a good score."
Williams won the high jump in the pentathlon by clearing a height of 5 feet, 11 ¼ inches, which is tied for 10th in the Georgia record books. Ondraschkova finished fourth with a mark of 5-7.75.
Williams claimed first in the long jump with a mark of 20-6.25, which stands sixth place all-time in school history. Ondraschkova was directly behind in second with a career-best jump of 20-1 to move into 10th place all-time at Georgia.
Williams also took the title in the 60-meter hurdles with an 8.40, just one second off of her time from last week's Auburn Invitational. Ondraschkova placed third in the same event with a personal-best 8.66 to move into ninth place in school history.
In the 800, Ondraschkova won at 2:19.64, followed by Chapman in second (2:24.98) and Williams in third (2:26.64), giving the Lady Bulldogs a 1-2-3 finish.
On the opening day of the men's heptathlon, sophomore Maicel Uibo is leading with 3,313 points after four events. He finished third in the 60 with a 7.24 while claiming top honors in the long jump with a mark of 23-10.25.
Uibo continued his strong outing in the shot put, tossing mark of 46-0.50 before rounding out the day with a second-place finish in the high jump with a 6-11. This is the second-best high jump mark of his career.
For the second consecutive week, freshman Leontia Kallenou hit the 6-foot mark in the high jump. She went over the bar at 6-0.75 on her opening attempt at the height and finished second behind national leader and South Carolina senior Jeannelle Scheper (6-2).
Also in New Mexico, freshman Asianna Covington finished fourth in the weight throw with a toss of 65-7.75. This ranks her fourth all-time in school history. Senior Elizabeth Tepe finished ninth with a throw of 56-0.50 in the event.
Despite three fouls, freshman Alex Poursanidis reached 63-5.50 on his second attempt to take fourth in the men's weight throw.
Half of the Bulldogs' squad competed in Nashville at the Vanderbilt Collegiate Indoor Invitational where the Commodores played host to the meet on their brand new indoor track facility.
"Taking advantage of the fabulous facility in Vanderbilt, the group who competed for us showed some improvement over last week," Norton said. "We competed with some real intensity in the 5000 races and especially in the (distance medley relays). All of the distance runners did well, but Bret McDaniel produced an inspiring result that gave us a nice emotional boost. It was a productive day."
The women's distance medley team cruised to a victory with the program's third-best time in history. The Lady Bulldogs clocked an 11:24.86 to top the nearest competitor, Vanderbilt, by more than 24 seconds.
The Bulldog men were the runner-ups in the distance medley relay with a time of 9:55.17. With the finish, Georgia moved to fifth on the school's all-time list with Georgia's top time since 2011.
Also on the track, Bret McDaniel topped 28 competitors to win the 5000 with a mark of 16:40.74. Her personal-best finish improved her No. 8 spot in the UGA record books.
Sophomore Brendan Hoban and junior Charlie Sparks went 2-3 in the men's 5000 with a pair of indoor personal bests. Hoban finished his laps in 14:43.14 while Sparks shot across the finish line 10 seconds later in 14:53.03.
Sophomore Chanice Porter placed fourth in the long jump with a mark of 19-11.75 on her final attempt. On the men's side, sophomore Maurice Freeman claimed fifth place in his signature event, the high jump, by clearing a height of 6-8.75.
Action continues on Saturday in both meets, with the women's 3000 set to start at 11:30 a.m. ET and women's shot put set to kick things off at noon in New Mexico.
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