Freshman Maicel Uibo finished second in the heptathlon with the second-highest point total in school history.
Jan. 26, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. --- Georgia sophomore Carly Hamilton set a school record in the 3000-meter Invitational to highlight the second day of the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday.
Hamilton’s finish gave the Lady Bulldogs two school records on the weekend and gave the Georgia program five victories in just its second indoor meet of the year.
In the team scoring, the Georgia men finished fourth with 63 points while the Lady Bulldogs were fifth (78).
“This was a really good meet for us and probably one of the best meets in January in history,” said Georgia head coach Wayne Norton. “It makes us thing immediately about coming back to this meet again next year since we did so well. Overall, I’m really happy about this weekend.”
Building on her strong cross country season, sophomore Carly Hamilton left a 23-year-old school record far behind in the 3000 Invitational to take third. Hamilton completed her laps in 9:20.89.
This topped Jolly Earle’s school record mark of 9:23.10 set during the 1990 season. It was the first time Hamilton had run this distance during her indoor collegiate career. Hamilton’s school record was the second of the weekend after Hilenn James set the all-time shot put mark on Friday.
“This was another case of one of our top people doing something noteworthy,” Norton said. “After the race, we looked at the clock and realized she had run a pretty good time. More importantly, she ran well for the whole race and looked good doing it.”
The Bulldog heptathletes rounded out their two-day competition in second, third and fourth place. True freshman Maicel Uibo shot to No. 2 in Georgia’s record books after taking second with 5,755 points.
Sophomore Garrett Scantling tallied a 138-point personal-best effort to score 5,619 points and take third in the competition. Like Uibo, fellow true freshman Devon Williams was competing in his first collegiate heptathlon and took fourth with the seventh-most points (5,376) in Bulldog history.
“The group is a young, inexperience crew who competed hard and did a lot of things correct and proper in this heptathlon,” Norton said. “If they continue to get better, this group could really be something special.”
Uibo highlighted his events by claiming a win in the 1000. The Polva, Estonia, native ran a 2:43.08 (839 points), which was four seconds faster than the next finisher. Uibo added another 852 points in the pole vault when he took second with a clearance of 15-9.25.
Scantling paced his attack by taking third in both the 60 hurdles and the pole vault with personal-best performances. In the hurdles, Scantling scorched his career best after leaning across the finish line in 8.27. The Jacksonville, Fla., native then broke 15 feet in the pole vault for the first time in his career. He cleared 15-5.50 to finish one spot behind Uibo.
The fourth-place finisher, Devon Williams, showcased his speed by registering the sixth-best time in the 60 hurdles in school history to win the event. Williams bolted across the line in 8.04 to pick up 972 points. Williams was fifth in both the 1000 and the pole vault to solidify his finish.
Junior Stella Christoforou made her season debut in the mile and picked up a victory with the fastest time of her career. Christoforou clocked a 4:48.87 to finish four seconds ahead of the nearest competitor with the sixth-best time in school history.
“Like Carly’s performance, Stella looked in control and ran a complete race, which was even more important than looking up and seeing 4:48 on the clock,” said Norton.
Senior Matt Cleaver opened his final indoor campaign by earning runner-up honors in the 3000. Cleaver finished in 8:11.70 to beat 26 other competitors in the race.
Also in the mile, senior Leslie Boozer followed up her victory in the 5000 with a seventh-place finish after breaking 5:00 for the first time in her career (4:57.93).
Sophomore Tynia Gaither ended up fourth in the 60 finals with a season-best time of 7.49. This was the second-best time of her career.
“Placing that high against a bunch of super-fast sprinters is a good sign that Tynia will be ready to roll when the SEC meet gets here,” Norton said. “Once she gets in her rhythm and the freshmen get rolling, this sprint group has the potential to be special.”
Sophomore Justin Scott-Wesley highlighted the men’s 60 finals after taking seventh with a time of 6.79. Scott-Wesley, who serves as a Bulldog receiver during the fall football season, tied with the third-best time (6.75) in school history during the prelims.
“This weekend will only be a confidence builder for Justin for the rest of this season,” said Norton. “He had three good times in two days and it will be nice to have him in the lineup.”
During the women’s weight throw, junior Elizabeth Tepe improved more than eight feet to take seventh with a mark of 58-8.75. This bumps her from ninth to eighth on Georgia’s all-time list.
“(Elizabeth) has only thrown the weight two times so she is another case of if she continues to build on this, she will help us get better as a team and do something special,” Norton said.
Georgia returns to action at the Akron Invitational in Akron, Ohio, on Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2.