UGA Track & Field Complete NCAA Indoor Championships In Historic Third Place

March 16, 2014

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The Georgia women stormed through the final day of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships with two national champions and finished tied for third in Albuquerque, N.M., on Saturday.

True freshman Kendell Williams set World Junior (4,535, Sweden's Carolina Kluft, 2002), collegiate (4,569, Arkansas' Makeba Alcide, 2013) and school (4,417, Hyleas Fountain, 2004) records by scoring 4,635 points to win the pentathlon.  Not far behind Williams was fifth-year senior Lucie Ondraschkova, who was fourth with a career best 4,268 points in her final collegiate meet.

Minutes following the completion of the pentathlon, redshirt freshman Leontia Kallenou was a perfect four-for-four on her heights in the high jump and won the national championship with a mark of 6 feet, 1 ½ inches. 

This marked the 13th and 14th NCAA individual champions for the Lady Bulldogs and the first time UGA has had a pair of titles in the same season since 2004 (Fountain, long jump/pentathlon; Fanni Juhasz, pole vault, all indoor).

The Georgia women finished the meet with 40.5 points to tie Florida for third place, marking the Lady Bulldogs' best national finish since taking second in 1996 with 34 points.  Their point total is a school record (36, 2004) and gives the Lady Bulldogs their fourth top-five finish and 10th top-10 finish of all-time.

Oregon (44) captured the women's national championship by winning the final event (4x400-meter relay).  Texas (43.50) was second while Texas A&M (35) was the other team in the top five.

For the men, sophomore Maicel Uibo established a school record in the heptathlon of 6,044 points to earn national runner-up honors.  Thanks to his finish, the Bulldogs scored eight points and tied for 26th place in the team race.

Oregon (62) won the national men's team title while Arkansas (54), Florida (35), Florida State (28) and Arizona (24) rounded out the top five finishers.

A tape delay of the NCAA Championships will air on ESPNU on March 22 starting at 6:30 p.m.

Williams' NCAA pentathlon crown, a second for the Lady Bulldogs in history, was not clinched until the fifth and final event.  As the field lined up for the 800-meter run, Williams was 115 points ahead of the defending NCAA champion, Mississippi State's Erica Bougard, and had to be less than eight seconds behind Bougard's time to win.  The Lady Bulldog answered the challenge by completing her laps in a career best 2:17.31 as Bougard ran a 2:12.63.

Williams' success during final event could be directly tied to Ondraschkova's leadership in the event.  Ondraschkova arrived in New Mexico with a personal best of 2:15 and set the pace for her younger teammate as Bougard tried to distance herself from the pack.  Ondraschkova finished just ahead of Williams in third with a time of 2:16.23 to lock down her fourth-place finish.

Ondraschkova finishes with a pair of fourth-place finishes and a seventh-place finish in the multi-events during her seven trips to the NCAA Championships since 2010.

Chapman officially bettered her No. 5 pentathlon mark in the school record books after finishing the 800 in 2:20.99 for her final 810 points.  She recorded 4,107 points to take 12th overall during her first trip to the NCAA Championships. 

The Lady Bulldog pentathletes unleashed a trio of personal bests to start their competition.  Williams clocked the second-fastest 60 hurdles time in school history (8.21) to win the event and score 1,082 points.  This trimmed .03 off her previous fastest time and gave her an early lead.

Ondraschkova and Chapman both posted massive career bests after finishing side by side in 8.49.  Ondraschkova, who had an 8.61 at the SEC meet, finished in exactly 8.482 for 10th (1,019) while Chapman, who ran an 8.65 at SECs, completed the race in 8.484 to take 11th (1,019).

The Georgia threesome responded in the high jump with another flurry of career-best performances, none more impressive than Williams.  The Kell High School graduate passed the NCAA Championships meet record and then matched the collegiate heptathlon record (Oregon's Brianne Theisen, 2012) by winning the event with a mark of 6-2. 

Williams' mark shot her to fourth on Georgia's all-time top-10 list and gave her 1,080 points to further distance herself from the field. 

In her final NCAA Championships, Ondraschkova flew over the bar at 5-9.25 for 928 points.  This would be the Czech Republic native's last personal best of the competition.  Chapman also managed to get over at 5-3.25 to boost her total by 747 points.

Chapman followed her outing in the high jump up with a third-place finish in the shot put with another personal-best finish.  Chapman heaved a toss of 42-2 for another 721 points. 

Williams scored 664 points after also having a heptathlon career best of 39-6.50 in the shot put.  In what would prove to be her lowest placing of the day, Ondraschkova posted a mark of 37-1 on her first attempt to take 12th with 615 points.

When the long jump arrived, it was time again for Williams to shine.  Opening with a foul, she worked up to a third jump of 20-9, which was her fourth personal best of the day and won the event for her by 1.25 over Bougard.  This mark improved Williams' No. 6 spot in the school record books.

Ondraschkova also jumped four competitors in the event on her final jump to take seventh with an effort of 19-6.  She added 831 points to her total to set up her run in the 800.  Chapman progressively got better in her second and third throws and ended with the longest mark of her brief multis career at 19-3.25 for a tie for ninth and 810 points.

Not long after Williams recovered from the 800, Kallenou was walking off the track with the Lady Bulldogs' first NCAA indoor high jump title since 2007 (Patty Sylvester).  Kallenou glided over the bar at four heights on her first attempt, including the winning mark of 6-1.50.

Georgia's third NCAA indoor champion in the last two years bested South Carolina's Jeannelle Scheper, who shared the national lead for most of the season with Kallenou, for the second time in as many meets.  Kallenou won the Southeastern Conference high jump title after setting a school record of 6-2.75.

Similar to Friday, Uibo sprinted out of the blocks to set a personal best in his first event.  He shaved .03 off his former fastest time in the 60 hurdles, which came at the 2013 NCAA Championships, to finish seventh with a time of 8.25.  Uibo scored 920 points in the event to establish a 16-point edge on Beach.

Uibo managed a season-best mark of 16-6.75 on a first attempt clearance to tie for fourth in the pole vault.  Thanks to clearance, Uibo got the opportunity to add 926 more points to his total as the final event, the 1000, came next.

Duke's Curtis Beach, who won the NCAA heptathlon title by 146 points, came into the 800 as the world record holder and kept to his habits.  Beach ran a 2:28.76 to win the event and the competition, but Uibo ran a season-best time of 2:43.06 to finish fourth in the race and hold off Arkansas' Kevin Lazas by 71 points for second place.

Uibo was ranked fourth on the national performance list coming into the meet with 5,859 points.  Last year, Uibo was fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships thanks to seven personal bests at the meet, including his final score of 5,975.

Hamilton put the final four points on the scoreboard for the Lady Bulldogs thanks to a fifth-place finish (4:40.18) in the mile finals.  In a race where the field remained a pack throughout, Hamilton nestled into the fourth or fifth spot during all eight laps.  The Springboro, Ohio, native went with the pack in the final 50 meters and squeezed past a pair of runners on the final straightaway to bring a fourth-place finish back to Athens.

This goes down as Hamilton's second consecutive finish in the top five at the NCAA mile finals.  She was fourth in 2013 for her initial First Team All-America certificate.

Although no points came out of it, junior Nick Vena posted his own personal best in the men's shot put of 63-2.25 to finish one spot out of scoring in ninth.  He pushed his way into the finals with his top throw on his third attempt and missed scoring by less than four inches.

Vena's mark improves his No. 4 spot in the school record books and is the best for Georgia since the 2007 SEC Championships.

This marks Georgia's final action before the outdoor season begins on March 20-22 at the Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Results and recaps from the NCAA Indoor Championships will be found at georgiadogs.com.  Updates about all Bulldog track and field news can be found on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.

Heptathlon Results
60mLong JumpShot PutHigh JumpDay 1 Total
Maicel Uibo*7.16/11th*24-2.25/3rd45-2.25/5th^6-11.50/3rd*3358 pts./1st
60mHPole Vault1000mTOTAL
*8.25/7th^16-6.75/4th^2:43.06/4th&6,044 pts./2nd

#collegiate record; $matches collegiate record; &school record; *personal-best mark; ^season-best mark

Pentathlon Results
60mHHigh JumpShot PutLong Jump800mTOTAL
Kendell Williams*8.21/1st$6-2/1st*39-6.50/7th*20-9/1st*2:17.31/4th#4,635/1st
L. Ondraschkova*8.49/10th*5-9.25/7th37-1/12th19-6/7th2:16.23/3rd*4,268/4th
Q. Chapman*8.49/11th*5-3.25/15th*42-4/3rd*19-3.25/10th*2:20.99/10th*4,107/12th

#collegiate record; $matches collegiate record; &school record; *personal-best mark; ^season-best mark

Bulldog Scorers
NameEventMark/Placej
Kendell WilliamsPentathlon4,635/1st
Leontia KallenouHigh Jump6-1.50/1st
Chanice PorterLong Jump20-9.75/2nd
Maicel UiboHeptathlon6,044 pts./2nd
Lucie OndraschkovaPentathlon4,268 pts./4th
Carly HamiltonMile4:40.18/5th
Morgann LeleuxPole Vault14-3.25/T5th
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