Three Lady Bulldogs Score In Pentathlon To Start SEC Meet

Feb. 27, 2014

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COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS --- The Georgia women's track and field team had three competitors score in the pentathlon to highlight the opening day of the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships in the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on Thursday.

The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to an early team lead with 15 points following the three-day meet's first event. No events have been scored on the men's side so far.

True freshman Kendell Williams scored 4,283 points in only her second collegiate pentathlon to earn runner-up honors behind Mississippi State's Erica Bougard (4,458, ninth-best score in collegiate history), who is the defending NCAA champion and a World Championships competitor.

Senior Lucie Ondraschkova scored a season-best mark of 4,225 points to take third. This marks the third time that Ondraschkova has been third or better at the SEC Indoor Championships. Junior Quintunya Chapman, who was competing in only her second pentathlon, surged into the top eight to score after piling up a career-best 4,043 points. This was nearly a 400-point improvement from Chapman's first pentathlon.

On the men's side, sophomore Maicel Uibo tallied 3,225 points to take a 95-point lead in the heptathlon with three events remaining on Friday.

Uibo is ranked third nationally (second in the SEC) in the multis while Williams and Ondraschkova came into the meet as the country's top-ranked and second-ranked pentathletes, respectively. Bougard was third on the national descending list.

Uibo begins his final three events of the heptathlon with the 60-meter hurdles at 2:40 p.m. ET on Friday. The open events of the SEC meet begin with the men's 60 hurdle prelims and weight throw (freshmen Alex Poursanidis, Alex Larsson) and the women's pole vault (junior Morgann Leleux, freshman Georgia Stefanidi) at 2 p.m. The competition continues through Saturday evening.

ESPN3 will stream the meet live during the following times: Friday, February 28 (2:55 p.m. - 7:35 p.m.) and Saturday, March 1 (1:50 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.). The broadcast talent includes Dwight Stones (play-by-play), Larry Rawson (analyst) and Lewis Johnson (sideline reporter).

Aggieathletics.com will also provide a stream of the meet from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

Williams got an early boost for her performance by sweeping the first two events in the heptathlon. After clocking a career-best 8.24 in the same facility a couple weeks ago, Williams won the 60 hurdles with an 8.27. The Marietta, Ga., native then cleared her first five heights on the first attempt before reaching 5 feet, 11 ¼ inches to win the high jump. This matched Williams' best performance at Georgia.

She had her best performance in the long jump on her first attempt as she reached 19-7.50 to keep pace with Bougard. Thanks to a six-second improvement in the 800 to finish her day, Williams' time of 2:20.88 gave her 11th in the event and locked down her second-place finish overall.

Ondraschkova started with a career best in the 60 hurdles (8.61-7th) and then matched her season best in the high jump (5-7.75-T6th) to put her in contention. Next, she attacked her first shot put attempt and let go of a personal-best mark measuring 39-0.25 to tie for fourth.

She hovered around disaster in long jump after starting with two consecutive fouls. But the six-time NCAA Championships competitor bounced back with a third mark of 19-7.50 to keep her in the upper half of the scorers. Ondraschkova completed her final SEC pentathlon by running a season-best time of 2:17.61 for third-place honors.

Ondraschkova was the 2013 runner-up in the pentathlon while also scoring a point with an eighth-place finish in the triple jump.

Chapman posted perhaps the most impressive performance of the day. The Hinesville, Ga., native recorded five personal bests to move to No. 5 on Georgia's all-time top-10 list and force herself into the mix in the national picture. She wrapped up her competition by taking sixth in the 800 after completing her laps in 2:19.13.

Chapman jumpstarted her day by trimming nearly three-hundredths of a second off of her time in the 60 hurdles. She ran an 8.65 for eight place. In the second event, Chapman tied for third in the high jump after clearing the high jump bar at 5-3.

During the shot put, Chapman lifted her opening attempt a personal-best distance of 40-11.50 to tie Bougard for second in the event. Chapman also reached 19 feet for the first time in the long jump (19-1.25) to tie for third.

In the heptathlon, Uibo won the shot put and notched second-place finishes in both the high jump and long jump. The Polva, Estonia, native opened with a shot put mark of 44-0.75 before launching his third and final throw 44-5.50 to win by three inches.

Attempting to save his energy, Uibo retired in the high jump after clearing 6-9.75 on his third try for second place. In the long jump, Uibo was second after his opening attempt measured 23-5.50, finishing just a half-inch behind the winner.

Bulldog junior Garrett Scantling is redshirting the indoor season with an injury after winning the SEC heptathlon title last year.

Results and recaps from the SEC Indoor Championships will be found at georgiadogs.com. News and updates from Georgia track and field teams are located on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.

PENTATHLON Name 60mH High jump Shot put Long jump 800m Total Kendell Williams 8.27 *5-11.25 34-9.50 19-7.50 *2:20.88 4,283 Lucie Ondraschkova *8.61 ^5-7.75 *39-0.25 19-7.50 ^2:17.61 *4,225 Quintunya Chapman *8.65 *5-3 *40-11.50 *19-1.25 *2:19.13 *4,043 *collegiate personal-best mark; ^season-best mark

HEPTATHLON Name 60m Long jump Shot put High jump Day 1 Total Maicel Uibo 7.25 23-5.50 44-5.50 6-9.75 3,225

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