Freshman Devon Williams
March 30, 2013
ATLANTA --- A week after having their meet shortened because of storms in Tuscaloosa, Georgia's track and field teams excelled under sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta on Saturday.
The Bulldogs left with three top collegiate finishes and two improvements to the school's all-time top-10 lists during the teams' third outdoor meet of the year.
"This was a quality midseason meet for us where some of our developing athletes had a chance to compete," said Bulldog assistant coach Jon Stuart. "I think we accomplished a lot and had a chance to compete versus some (Southeastern Conference) talent, which always is good practice. Some people had marks good enough to get them a shot at the NCAA Regional meet so I thought we held our own out there."
Freshman Briana Vaughn picked up her second consecutive victory in the 100-meter dash by edging the nearest competitor by four hundredths of a second. Vaughn, who came into the weekend with the third-fastest time in the nation, clocked an 11.72 to win the opening heat and the overall race.
Vaughn returned to take seventh in the 200 (24.39) during her first outdoor race at that distance.
Fellow freshman Leontia Kallenou reached the top height of her young career after clearing the high jump bar at 5 feet, 11 ¼ inches on her second try. This improved her No. 10 spot in the Lady Bulldog record books.
Four competitors actually reached 5-11.25 and the fourth-place finisher was Lady Bulldog senior Saniel Atkinson-Grier. After clearing her first two heights on the opening attempt, Atkinson-Grier got over the bar at 5-11.25 on her third try for a season-best mark.
In the men's 100, national leader Johnathan Smith also won his second straight race after crossing the finish line in 10.48. The junior from Apple Valley, Calif., was also the top collegiate finisher (third overall) in the 200 with a time of 21.01. Only former Bulldog All-Americans David Dickens (20.83) and Torrin Lawrence (20.89) had faster times.
"This was a personal best for Johnathan in the 200 and I'm happy he got the win in the 100," Stuart said. "I'm pleased with how he is developing."
Freshman decathlete Devon Williams made his outdoor debut in the 110 hurdles and left with a tie for the 10th-best time in school history. Williams clocked a 14.30 to take second in the competition.
Also of note, sophomore decathlete Garrett Scantling lowered his personal best in the 110 hurdles to 14.73 for fourth place. In the javelin, freshman decathlete Maicel Uibo threw the javelin for the first time at Georgia and took second after his sixth and final attempt traveled 199-8.
As she continued training for her first heptathlon of the season, senior Lucie Ondraschkova finished third in the javelin after her second throw traveled 127-10.
Sophomore Brendan Hoban shaved 21 seconds off his best time in the 3000 steeplechase to earn runner-up honors. Hoban clocked a 9:21.94 to finish just two seconds behind the winner.
Freshman Victoria Coppage took third overall and was the second collegiate finisher in the women's steeplechase after finishing her first race in the event with an 11:10.91.
Also on the track, sophomore Quintunya Chapman was fourth in the 400 with the fastest time in the event for the Lady Bulldogs this season (55.12). 2013 NCAA indoor champion Shaunae Miller, who is a true freshman, has yet to make her debut in the event.
Georgia travels to Gainesville, Fla., for the Florida Relays on April 5-6.
Full results and a recap of the Yellow Jacket Invitational are also located at georgiadogs.com.