Feb. 7, 2014
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Georgia’s track and field teams posted six top collegiate finishes and a school record to highlight the first day of the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet in Blacksburg, Va., on Friday.
“Our first day saw us have our traditional success at Virginia Tech,” said Bulldog head coach Wayne Norton. “We competed well across the board, looked strong. This meet so far has been a sign that we are making that all important progress. The most important thing about this first day is that we looked good everywhere. We hardly had any disappointments and it was nice to come out of the meet and say, ‘That was a good day’ rather than dropping your head when you walk out.”
Sophomore Chanice Porter charged into the national lead by winning the long jump at the meet for the second consecutive year. Porter, who had a mark of 20 feet, 9 ¼ inches at Virginia Tech in 2013, traveled a career-long distance of 21-2.75 on her second try.
This is No. 3 on Georgia’s all-time list and the longest for the Lady Bulldogs since Hyleas Fountain set the school record of 21-7.25 at the 2004 NCAA Championships. Porter took only her first three jumps (each one measuring no less than 20-5.25) before passing on her final three attempts.
“Porter’s performance is one that we need to have if we are going to meet the goals we have set for the women indoors,” Norton said.
The first school record of the year for the Lady Bulldogs also fell. Senior Megan Malasarte trimmed just more than two-tenths of a second off of her personal best in the 800-meter run to win with a time of 2:06.16. Her time edged Angie Stanifer’s school record mark of 2:06.20 set at the 1998 NCAA Championships and moved Malasarte to 10th on the current national performance list.
Junior Carly Hamilton also had a personal best in the 800 to take third. She finished in 2:10.19 to win the second heat and move to No. 8 on the all-time list.
On the men’s side, junior Charles Grethen completed the 800 sweep after completing his laps in 1:49.69 to hold off a trio of finishers from Wake Forest. Grethen also won this race at the 2013 meet.
For the third time in his career, senior Johnathan Smith registered a 6.77 in the 60 to win the prelims. Then, he shot to third in the school record books with a 6.75 to tally his first career victory in the event for the Bulldogs.
The Georgia men also went 1-2 in the 400. Junior Drew Branch picked up his second personal best in as many races (47.60) to win while freshman Reggie Glover cut nearly a second off of his debut in the distance to take second with a 47.87.
Continuing the success of the Bulldog sprinters, sophomore Jamario Calhoun took over the eighth spot in the Georgia record books by being the top collegiate finisher (second overall) in the 200 with a 21.39. Not far behind was freshman Derrick White Jr., who finished third with a 21.52.
In the women’s competition, senior Elizabeth Tepe, who is the defending Southeastern Conference hammer throw champion, moved from No. 8 to No. 7 on Georgia’s all-time top-10 list to take sixth in the weight. Her mark of 60-8 was just five inches farther than her freshman teammate Asianna Covington (60-3), who was seventh.
Freshman Kendell Williams, who leads the nation in the pentathlon, clocked a career-best time of 8.36 to win the fourth heat and take third overall in the 60 hurdle prelims. She then took second in the finals with an 8.32, which improves her No. 4 mark on the Lady Bulldog all-time top-10 list.
Full results and a recap from the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet will be found at georgiadogs.com. News and updates from Georgia track and field teams are located on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.