Maurice Freeman turned in a season-best jump of 6-9 in the high jump, in addition to running a leg on the 4x400m relay team
April 5, 2014
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Georgia track & field teams concluded a strong weekend at the Florida Relays on Saturday afternoon, including posting 10 different season-best marks.
The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Maurice Freeman, Ayrian Evans, Derrick White and Drew Branch turned in the seventh-best time in school history, finishing in 3:05.73 to place ninth overall. This marks the best time for a Georgia 4x400 squad since the 2012 NCAA Regionals when the Bulldogs posted a time of 3:04.91, as Branch ran a leg of the relay as a freshman.
"This marks a great day for us at the track," said head coach Wayne Norton. "Our young runners are giving us effort and it shows with our really good relay results. We have mostly underclassmen on all of the relays and they all got in some good work. Often the best training effect occurs in the meets, so I think we will benefit from the 'training' from this meet throughout the spring."
Defending SEC hammer throw champion Liz Tepe started the day with a near-personal best mark in her signature event, recording a throw of 190-3 to place seventh overall. Tepe currently ranks fifth all-time in school history with a mark of 203-4, recorded at last season's SEC Championships.
Fellow thrower Asianna Covington placed 10th overall with a throw of 183-11 in the hammer, as she currently ranks sixth in the event in school history.
The 4x200-meter relay team of Rashan Brown, Myasia Jacobs, Taylor Hollingsworth and Torrenzia Lyles crossed the finish line in 1:40.60 to place 28th in their first action of the season. The distance medley relay foursome of Morgan Ainslie, Lauren Kelly, Natalie Bordes and Hollingsworth turned in a top-10 performance, placing seventh in 12:08.13.
Continuing the success of the relay teams on the day, the women's 4x400 team of Hollingsworth, Brown, Lyles and Jacobs turned in a season-best time of 3:43.54 to place 31st among 56 different relay squads.
On the men's side, the 4x100-meter relay team of Jamario Calhoun, Reggie Glover, Brandon Thompson and Johnathan Smith placed ninth overall with a season-best time of 39.75, just narrowly missing out on cracking the school's all-time top-10 list.
Calhoun also ran the 400-meter leg on the second-place finishing distance medley relay team, along with Charles Grethen, Kisean Smith and Brian Sullivan. The squad crossed the finish line in 9:51.83, just four seconds off the pace of DMR champion Wisconsin.
A trio of Bulldog throwers finished fourth, fifth and sixth in the shot put, led by Ashinia Miller's season-debut throw of 62-5.25, good for fourth place. Caleb Whitener followed in fifth place with a throw of 62-1, while Nick Vena's mark of 59-5.5 earned a sixth-place finish.
"We did a superb job in the shot put today," added Norton. "This is good because the success of our men's team will be greatly affected by this group. Also, our men's 4x400 squad ran one of the best relays in years. There is no doubt that this was a successful meet."
Also competing on Saturday, Freeman turned in a season-best mark of 6-9 in the high jump to finish in a tie for 13th place.
Georgia will return to action next weekend at home, hosting the Bulldog Decathlon on Thursday and Friday, along with the annual Spec Towns National Team Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Spec Towns Track. Meet information, including a daily order of events, can be found on georgiadogs.com.