Sophomore Caleb Whitener had a personal best in the weight throw on Friday night.
Feb. 3, 2012
BLACKSBURG, Va. --- Bulldog sophomore Justin Welch unleashed the longest weight throw of his career on the first day of the Virginia Tech Elite meet in Blacksburg, Va., on Friday.
Welch launched his top effort of 67 feet, 8 inches on his third attempt to take fifth in the competition. Virginia Tech's Marcel Lomnicky (75-7.50), who is the brother of Lady Bulldog thrower Nikola Lomnicka, and Alexander Ziegler (75-7.25) finished first and second, respectively, with the longest throws in the nation this year.
Welch is now ninth on Georgia's all-time top-10 list with the longest throw for the Bulldogs in the last two years. Sophomore Caleb Whitener also had a career-best throw of 60-7.25 to take ninth while redshirt freshman Burke McCarty was 12th with a personal-best effort (56-8.75).
Freshman Chris Foster managed his fastest collegiate time in the 400-meter dash (48.10) to earn runner-up honors. Foster had times of 48.6 in his first two meets of the season.
"The two best things of this opening day were Justin Welch's continued consistency and the improving of Chris Foster," said head coach Wayne Norton. "Foster keeps getting better and Justin is staying at that same high level he has been at. Both have been bright spots so far in 2012. I was also pleased with Caleb having a personal best tonight."
Freshman Jared Dunn finished eighth in the 60 hurdle finals with a time of 8.32. Dunn matched his career best in the event in the prelims after recording an 8.27 for seventh in the prelims.
Freshman Justin Scott-Wesley, who redshirted for the Bulldog football team in the fall, was sixth in the 60 finals after speeding to a 6.84 finish. Scott-Wesley was eighth in the prelims with a 6.83.
In the women's 200, freshman Quintunya Chapman clocked a personal-best 25.22 to finish ninth.
Georgia continues action at the Virginia Tech Elite meet on Saturday. The women's high jump is scheduled for 11 a.m. and the women's distance medley relay is the first event on the track and is scheduled for 1 p.m.