Chanice Porter took a break from the long jump to win the 100m.
March 21, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- Georgia's track and field teams competed in several events during the first day of the outdoor season at the John Mitchell Alabama Relays in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Friday.
On Saturday, sophomore Maurice Freeman is Georgia's first competitor in the high jump at 3 p.m. ET. A group of throwers will also be competing for the second day at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., on Saturday, starting with senior Burke McCarty in the men's discus and freshman Asianna Covington in the women's discus at 1 p.m.
"It was a very good first day with lots of personal bests and some wins," said head coach Wayne Norton. "Both relay teams did nice jobs. (Jamario) Calhoun, (Zack) Sims and (Marrion) Kalafut were among those who were impressive in their outdoor debut. I was happy with how we looked and how we competed.
"In Arizona, our hammer throwers got their seasons off to good starts. We were good at that meet, but we must get better in order to reach our goals. Again, this was a good first day of the first weekend of the outdoor season. I am expecting success to produce more success."
Coming off a second-place finish in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships, sophomore Chanice Porter won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.92. This marked the first time she had run this event as a Lady Bulldog.
Freeman made his collegiate outdoor debut in the 400 and also left with a win. The 6-foot-8 Freeman ran a 47.20, which gave him the victory by nearly a second.
Sophomore Jamario Calhoun recorded three fair jumps and they all were personal-best marks. Calhoun traveled 49 feet, 8 ½ inches on his fifth attempt to earn runner-up honors behind a 52-foot jump.
Junior Drew Branch also registered a fourth-place finish in the 400 hurdles after completing his lap in 52.74.
A group of throwers also started their meet at the Castillo Invitational. Both freshman Alex Poursanidis on the men's side and senior Elizabeth Tepe for the women left the facility with the top collegiate finish in the hammer throw. Poursanidis was second overall with a top throw of 216 feet, 8 inches, while fellow true freshman Alex Larsson finished third at 205-2.
Tepe finished a foot from her personal best to also take second on the women's side with a throw of 202-4. Behind Tepe was Covington, who let go of a fifth throw measuring 188-11 for third place. This shot Covington to No. 6 on Georgia's all-time list in her first collegiate outdoor meet.
Results and recaps from the Alabama Relays and the Castillo Invitational will be located at georgiadogs.com. Updates about all Bulldog track and field news can be found on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.