Myasia Jacobs combined with three other Lady Bulldogs to take second in the 4x100m relay.
March 23, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- Strong storms cut short the John Mitchell Alabama Relays for Georgia's track and field teams in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday.
Set up for the bulk of the events to start at or after 7 p.m. ET, the meet started smoothly before thunderstorms in the area began delaying competition. The Bulldog coaching staff made the call to start the bus ride back to Athens because of the lengthy delays expected.
"If something like this is going to happen to us, I would like for it to happen in these first three meets," said Bulldog head coach Wayne Norton, adding that Alabama and the teams who were planning on flying out on Sunday morning were going to wait out the weather and continue to compete late Saturday night. "I don't think we lose out on too much. This just ends up being one of those meets where we just try and take what we can from it. It will probably mean that more people travel with us to the Georgia Tech meet next weekend."
The Lady Bulldogs did produce two highlights during the limited action on Saturday with a pair of runner-up finishes.
Junior Elizabeth Tepe posted her second consecutive personal best in the hammer throw to finish second. Tepe had a sixth and final attempt that measured 194 feet, 4 inches to improve her No. 5 spot in the school record books and put her third in the SEC and eighth nationally.
"The best thing that came out of today was having Liz get a personal best," Norton said. "She is continuing to get better and that's exactly what we have to have out of her each week."
The Lady Bulldogs also ran their first 4x100-meter relay of the year and finished second. Freshman Briana Vaughn, sophomore Tynia Gaither, freshman Shaunae Miller and freshman Myasia Jacobs combined to clock a 45.99 to win the first heat with the fastest time for UGA in the last two seasons.
"This time was actually slow for this group since they are capable of running something much faster," said Norton. "But they ran a controlled race and did not have to waste too much energy. Even with their time, I think it would rank as one of our faster 4x100 relays in recent times so that is encouraging."
Full results and recaps from the Alabama Relays will be found at georgiadogs.com.
Georgia returns to compete closer to home on March 29-30 as the teams travel to Atlanta for the Yellow Jacket Invitational.