Georgia's Aaron Evans Shatters School 800m Record At Husky Classic
Feb. 11, 2012
SEATTLE, Wash. --- Bulldog senior Aaron Evans topped his own school record in the 800-meter run to highlight the second day of action at the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Wash., on Saturday.
Georgia also experienced a variety of victories and personal bests at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., and the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, S.C., during day two of the meets.
"The weekend went extremely well in all three venues," said head coach Wayne Norton. "The good thing for us is that right now, we are the best we have been all year. Those who are competing are taking care of business. Now we are working on getting some people healthy."
Evans, a native of Devonshire, Bermuda, competed in the Invite portion of the 800 and finished second overall by just a hundredth of a second after clocking a 1:47.88. His previous school record time of 1:48.07 was recorded at last year's Husky Classic.
Evans now has the third-fastest time in the Southeastern Conference this year and the sixth-fastest mark in the nation. Although Florida's Sean Obinwa, who is No. 2 in the SEC behind Texas A&M's Joey Roberts and No. 4 overall, has a 1:47.22 this season, Evans beat Obinwa head-to-head by more than a second on Saturday.
"Aaron ran a really impressive race where he beat an Olympian in Kevin Hicks and many other tough competitors," Bulldog distance coach Jeff Pigg said. "It's exciting to see Aaron have this success sine he's been working so hard with great focus. This is really only the distance crew's second meet of the year since we are trying to preserve energy for SECs. I think this meet will be great preparation for what is to come in two weeks. This meet has to be the best distance meet in the country."
In the women's 800, sophomore Megan Malasarte clocked a personal-best time of 2:07.76 to also finish second. After a pair of 2:09s early in the season, Malasarte now moves to No. 4 in the school record books.
Also of note, junior Daniel Grass finished 26th in the regular 800 after completing his laps in the fastest time of his career (1:52.99).
A pair of members for Georgia's 2011 cross country team that qualified for the school's first NCAA Championships since 2004 also had career-best times in the 3000. Senior Matt Cleaver bumped current teammate Brandon Lord out of the No. 4 spot in the UGA top-10 list after recording an 8:08.51 for 26th place.
Lord was 35th at the meet with a personal-best time of 8:11.91.
Two Lady Bulldog milers also had success in Seattle. In just her second collegiate mile race, freshman Carly Hamilton sped to a 4:50.10 finish to take 16th and move to sixth on Georgia's all-time top-10 list. Sophomore Stella Christoforou clocked a 4:53.14 for 23rd place in only her second time running the distance in a collegiate competition.
Five of Georgia's top sprinters made the trip to Fayetteville for the Tyson meet. Sophomore Waymon Storey continued to show the collective strength of the Bulldog sprinters as he sped to a career-best time of 21.12 to finish fourth in the 200.
Storey's time, which shaved a hundredth of a second off his time from last year's Tyson meet, improved his No. 4 spot in the record books and ties teammate Torrin Lawrence for the No. 11 spot in this year's national performance list.
Storey and Lawrence joined forces with freshmen Chris Foster and Drew Branch to win the 4x400 relay with a season-best time. The Georgia foursome finished in 3:09.62 to better their No. 9 spot on the Bulldogs' all-time top-10 list. This time shoots UGA to No. 15 on the national performance list.
The third destination where the Bulldogs competed over the weekend was in Clemson versus the competition at the Tiger Paw Invitational. The Georgia women sprinters managed three victories at the meet, led by freshman Quintunya Chapman's personal-best time of 56.91 in the 400.
Fellow freshman Tynia Gaither won the 200 after finishing in 24.38. This duo later teamed with freshman Taylor Hollingsworth and junior Saniel Atkinson-Grier to finish first in the 4x400 relay (3:54.15).
Also, junior Leslie Boozer managed a third-place finish (10:03.40) in the 3000.
In the field, sophomore Hilenn James earned runner-up honors in the shot put after launching an effort of 39 feet, 3 ¾ inches. On the men's side, sophomore Caleb Whitener took third with a throw of 55-3.75 as junior Petr Novotny finished fifth (54-1.25).
Georgia takes the coming weekend off before the SEC Indoor Championships arrive in Lexington, Ky., on February 24-26.
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