Freshman Allison Updike has won two straight meets for Georgia.
March 31, 2012
ATLANTA --- Four wins in the throws highlighted seven top collegiate finishes for Georgia’s track and field teams during the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta on Saturday.
“I look at this meet as we did what we needed to do,” said head coach Wayne Norton. “As a whole, some performances dropped off but our meet last week was at home with perfect weather conditions so I was figuring we would have a little downswing.
“We have two big meets coming up and I am ready for big-time things at those competitions. I like where we are right now and am confident we will show that as April gets here.”
In his season debut, senior Brian Moore opened his season with the second-longest javelin throw of his career. Moore, who is the two-time defending SEC champion, launched his fourth attempt 243 feet, 9 inches after starting with three fouls. Sophomore Braydon Anderson (198-5) was the runner-up.
“This was Brian’s second best meet in his career, but his mark doesn’t even hint at the fact that he had four different kinds of fouls, with a couple of those going a long way,” Norton said. “He’s capable of having big marks again because Brian was controlled during all of his attempts. What I see in Brian is what I see in this team. We are doing some good things but are capable of much more in the coming months.”
Freshman Allison Updike won her second consecutive meet after her third throw measured 152-6 in the javelin. Updike opened with a mark of 156 at the Georgia Relays last week.
James also competed in the discus and cruised to a 30-foot victory. Despite three fouls, James watched her fifth attempt travel 160-5 to win her second consecutive meet. Eve Machovec (130-6) and Emily Brewer (129-3) were second and third, respectively.
In the high jump, junior Saniel Atkinson also picked up her second consecutive victory. Atkinson cleared 5-10 on her opening attempt. Her teammate Carin Walker went over the bar at a season-best 5-8.75 for third place.
Adams returned to the track in the 400 hurdles and had the top collegiate finish. He ran the third-fastest time of his career (51.40) to take second overall behind former Bulldog All-American LaRon Bennett.
Freshman Quintunya Chapman also registered a second-place finish in the 400 after clocking a 55.03. In the men’s 400, Foster broke the 48 second mark to record a 47.93 for ninth place.
Also of note, sophomore Jared Dunn dropped his personal-bet time in the 110 hurdles to 14.75 for sixth place.
On Friday night, junior Kyle James clocked a personal-best time of 14:56.00 to finish fourth in the 5000.
Georgia returns to the road next weekend to compete at the Florida Relays on April 6-7.