Georgia's Uibo Answers With A National Leading Mark Of His Own
Jan. 25, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – After Georgia freshman Kendell Williams set an American Junior pentathlon record on Friday, Bulldog sophomore Maicel Uibo tallied the country’s most points in the heptathlon this year during the second day of the Cherry & Silver Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday.
Uibo recorded the second-best heptathlon score of his career to win and take over the national lead. Uibo won five of seven events to score 5,811 points in his first heptathlon of the year.
Action also wrapped up at the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational in Nashville as several Bulldogs shined in the Commodores’ new facility.
“I think a lot of good came from these meets, a lot of (personal bests) for our team and when that happens you can’t go too wrong,” said head coach Wayne Norton. “Many of our folks got in numerous races and with the training weather we have had, these first couple of meets have served as the actual training for our meets this year. I thought our middle distance crew led the way, especially with Megan (Malasarte) winning with not a spectacular time, but with one that indicates she is on the right track. And I think those indications were kind of team wide. We are not super satisfied with the results but we are all encouraged where we can go this season.”
After winning a pair of events on Friday, Uibo opened his second day by finishing first in the 60-meter hurdles (a season-best 8.45). He then cleared 15 feet, 11 inches on his opening attempt to also take top honors in the pole vault.
Uibo cruised to a 10-second victory in the 1000 (2:50.48) to win the overall competition by more than 500 points.
Junior Morgann Leleux won her second consecutive meet of the year with a season-best pole vault mark of 14 feet. Leleux had a first attempt clearance to move into the fourth spot on the national performance list, trailing the national leader by less than two inches.
Also in the pole vault, freshman Georgia Stefanidi tied for seventh with a mark of 13-2.25. This is also the seventh-best mark in school history after Stefanidi did not reach a height in her first collegiate meet last weekend.
The Bulldogs managed a second and fourth-place finish in the men’s shot put. Junior Nick Vena launched a top throw of 61-01.50 on his fourth try while senior Caleb Whitener had a third attempt of 60-11.50 to take fourth.
Georgia also wrapped up action at the Vanderbilt Invitational in Nashville with a series of top performances.
Senior Megan Malasarte ran in her featured event for the first time in 2014 and ran a 2:07.09 in the 800.
Freshman Rashan Brown had the top collegiate finish in the 400 with the sixth-best finish in Lady Bulldog history. Brown ran a 54.51 to take second overall and top 33 other competitors.
rown returned to the track in the 200 and was third overall (second collegiate finisher) after recording a 24.43.
Junior Drew Branch clocked a career best 47.69 to take third in the men’s 400 as the hurdler continues his pursuit of reaching another NCAA Championships.
After redshirting the 2013 season, junior Brandon Lord took third in the 3000 after completing his laps in 8:18.21.
Georgia takes a week off before competing in Blacksburg, Va., at the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet on February 7-8.
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