Sophomore Caleb Whitener
April 7, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Georgia's track and field teams wrapped up action with several more exceptional performances at the Florida Relays in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday.
"I thought we had some really good things happen and some not so good things happen this weekend," Georgia assistant coach Jon Stuart said. "This was a tough competition. Our crew was in the heat for eight hours but I thought they answered the call. We made a lot of strides and had a lot of people continue to put themselves in position for the (Southeastern Conference Championships) and to qualify for Regionals."
The Bulldog 4x400-meter relay team finished with its fastest time since 2008 to earn top collegiate honors. Senior Phillip Adams, senior Torrin Lawrence, freshman Chris Foster and sophomore Waymon Storey combined to register a time of 3:06.08, which is the seventh-best mark in school history as the foursome finished second overall.
This is the eight-best time in the nation this year. Lawrence highlighted the relay after clocking a 44.9 leg.
In the men's shot put Invite, sophomore Caleb Whitener worked up to a career-best mark of 59 feet, 7 ½ inches to take fourth in the competition. Whitener moved into the top 15 nationally with his performance.
On the women's side, sophomore Hilenn James had her second-best performance of the year when her sixth and final shot put toss traveled 51-9.75 for fifth place.
Sophomore Burke McCarty lifted his third throw in the discus 176-6 to grab the top collegiate finish (second overall). McCarty, who was only topped by former Bulldog All-American Martin Maric (195-4), had the second-best throw of his career in the competition.
Junior Petr Novotny finished fifth in the discus with a throw of 160-5.
Senior Colleen Felix also finished sixth in the triple jump after taking off for a mark of 41-6.50 on her fourth attempt.
Full results and recaps from each day of the Florida Relays will be posted at georgiadogs.com.