Feb. 11, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. --- Georgia junior Torrin Lawrence headlined the Tyson Invitational for the Bulldogs by clocking the world's fastest 400-meter dash time on a 200m banked track in Fayetteville, Ark., on Friday.
This highlighted the meet for Georgia as members of the Bulldogs also competed at the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, S.C., and at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.
Lawrence crossed the finish line in 45.82 to win his heat and the overall race over South Plain's Rondell Bartholomew (45.84), who is the defending NJCAA champion in the event. This puts Lawrence at the top of the IAAF's world performance list as he recorded the fourth-fastest time of his career and his fastest mark in 2011.
After registering times of 45.03 and 45.10 last season, Lawrence captured Georgia's first NCAA indoor 400 title at the 2010 national meet. This marks the Jacksonville, Fla., native's 10th straight 400 victory in head-to-head races since the 2009 season.
Also in the 400, junior Phillip Adams won his heat and finished with a personal-best time of 48.02.
Georgia managed a pair of victories during the first day of the Tiger Paw Invitational. Senior Lindsay Farr reached a personal-best mark of 12 feet, 1 ½ inches to win the pole vault during her first action of the year.
On the men's side, freshman Caleb Whitener launched a personal-best effort of 59-7.75 to take first in the weight throw. Fellow freshman Justin Welch earned runner-up honors in the Invitational weight throw competition after he unleashed the second-longest throw of his career (65-2).
Another pair of Bulldogs grabbed top-five finishes during the first day of the Clemson meet. True freshman Graylin Ward took fourth in the high jump (6-8.75) while senior Alesha Asijie was fifth in the women's weight throw (61-10.25).
Live results and recaps of all the weekend's action will be located at georgiadogs.com.