Georgia Track & Field Gets Busy In Day One Action
Feb. 11, 2012
SEATTLE, Wash. --- Georgia's track and field teams got into gear across the country on Friday as they prepare for the coming Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships.
The Bulldogs had a pair of runners compete at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. Georgia also competed in a variety of events at the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, S.C. In addition, three Bulldog sprinters kicked off the weekend at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark.
All three meets will have a second round of events starting on Saturday morning or afternoon.
Senior Brett Richardson concluded the night's action with a career-best time in the 5000-meter meet run at the Husky Classic. Richardson registered a time of 14:23.46 to take 37th and improve his No. 5 time on the Bulldogs' all-time top-10 list.
Senior Morgan VanGorder was the top finisher from the SEC in the women's 5000 as she clocked a personal-best time of 17:20.79 to take 11th at the University of Washington meet.
The Bulldogs picked up a pair of victories at the Tiger Paw Invitational. Sophomore Caleb Whitener reached 60 feet in the weight throw for the second meet in a row and finished first with a top mark of 60 feet, 1 ¾ inches. Also, freshman Burke McCarty was fifth with a collegiate personal best of 57-1.
Junior Saniel Atkinson-Grier won her second meet of the season in the high jump. Atkinson cleared 5-8 as her senior teammate Carin Walker tied for fourth. Walker also had a season-best effort of 18-3 to finish fifth in the long jump.
In the men's high jump, sophomore Graylin Ward earned runner-up honors after clearing 6-6.75.
Two freshmen sprinters led the way on the track with Tynia Gaither clocking a personal-best 7.56 to take fourth in the 60. This ties the 10th-fastest finish in school history and is the best time for the Lady Bulldogs in the last two seasons.
Justin Scott-Wesley was eighth in the men's 60 after he shot down the straightaway in 6.83.
Freshman Brooke Koblitz also registered a top-10 performance in the mile after taking ninth with a time of 5:08.81.
At the Tyson Invitational, senior Torrin Lawrence posted a season-best finish of 46.53 to take sixth in the 400 out of the 73 competitors racing. This broke a streak of three straight wins in the event for Lawrence at the Arkansas meet.
Foster, Branch and Lawrence will return to the track with sophomore Waymon Storey on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for the 4x400 relay. Storey and junior Eric Harris are scheduled to battle the field in the 200 during the meet's second day.
Live results and recaps from all three meets on Saturday will be posted on georgiadogs.com.
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