April 10, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia sophomore Maicel Uibo and junior Garrett Scantling surged into the top three during the opening day of the Bulldog Decathlon in Athens with perfect weather conditions on Thursday.
Uibo, who won the 2013 Bulldog Decathlon with a school record 8,223 points, scored 4,177 points in the first day with a pair of personal bests. The Estonia native is trailing the leader, Wisconsin's Zach Ziemek, by only 14 points after Uibo scored 4,151 points during the first day of last year's meet.
Scantling scored 4,095 points for third place after five of 10 events. The decathlon's sixth event, the 110-meter hurdles, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Friday.
The Bulldog Heptathlon cranks up at 100 hurdles at 10 a.m. while the Spec Towns National Team Invitational begins with the women's/men's triple jump and women's shot put at 2 p.m.
"I thought our guys did really well today in a meet that has some great competition in it," said Bulldog multis coach Petros Kyprianou. "The goal for this time of year in our first true meet is to get a qualifying mark around 7,500 points, and we are on pace for that. We have to stay healthy and fight through day two.
"Garrett is trying to be consistent after missing the indoor season and has done well so far. Maicel had two personal bests today and we will always take those. After getting an ice bath, a massage, some stretching and whatever else they need, we will try and get them recovered and ready to bounce back on Friday."
The Georgia duo had a stellar showing in the high jump to highlight their day. Uibo had five first attempt clearances before reaching a career-best mark of 7 feet, 1 inch to win the event for 953 points. Scantling made it over the bar at 6-8.25 on his third and final attempt before clearing 6-9.50 (868) on his first try.
Following the high jump, the Bulldogs wrapped up their day in the 400. Scantling finished second behind former Georgia SEC champion Tommy Barrineau with a lap that was timed at 49.84 for 822 points. Uibo managed a fourth-place finish thanks to a time of 51.48. Barrineau finished the day in fifth place with 3,794 points.
In the shot put, Uibo muscled a personal-best effort of 47-4.25 to surge into second place with 755 points. One spot behind Uibo was Scantling, who took third with a 46-1.25 for 731 points. This was Scantling's only fair attempt and it arrived on his final attempt.
Uibo managed a second-place finish in the long jump. He reached 24-1.75 on his second attempt for 900 points. Scantling was fourth after registering a mark of 23-0.50 on his only fair jump, which added 818 points.
Scantling finished third in the 100 (11.02) for 856 points while Uibo clocked an 11.18 for 821 points in the first event.
Results and recaps from the Bulldog Decathlon and Heptathlon and Spec Towns Invitational will be located at georgiadogs.com. Updates about all Bulldog track and field news can be found on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.
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