April 11, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- All three Georgia multi-event athletes are on pace for the best scores of their lives during the first day of the Bulldog Decathlon at the Spec Towns Track on Thursday afternoon.
Sophomore Garrett Scantling (4,173 points), freshman Maicel Uibo (4,151) and freshman Devon Williams (3,939) are in first through third place, respectively, following the first five events. They are all within striking distance of David Lemen's school record mark of 7,972 points set in 2002.
Scantling, who has five personal-best marks so far, had a previous day one best of 3,824 while Uibo has scored 3,797 and Williams has tallied 3,342 during the first day of their most successful decathlons before enrolling at UGA.
The decathlon cranks back up with the 110-meter hurdles at noon on Friday. The first event of the Bulldog Heptathlon begins at 10:45 a.m. with the 100 hurdles.
The Spec Towns National Team Invitational also begins on Friday afternoon. Both the men and women's triple jump are scheduled to start at 2 p.m. The first event on the track is the women's Invitational 4x400 relay.
"Although this was just a training decathlon for us since I had given them about three days off before today," said Bulldog multi-events coach Petros Kyprianou. "They are all way ahead of their (personal bests). We were hoping we would have these type performances with the meet being at home and now this group just has to stay focused. The guys need to finish strong but it is awesome to have two of them over 4,100 points after this first day."
Scantling won a pair of events to help give him the overall lead. During the shot put, Scantling launched his third attempt a career-long distance of 47 feet, 5 ¼ inches to win the event by nearly two feet. This performance, which was almost three feet farther than his former personal best, gained Scantling 757 points.
Scantling also cleared a career-best high jump height of 6-9.75 on his second attempt to notch 878 points. He had reached 6-9.50 at the 2012 Bulldog Decathlon and went as high as 6-11 at this year's NCAA Indoor Championships, which set a meet record.
Scantling made a significant improvement in the 100 to earn runner-up honors. Coming into the meet with a personal best of 11.34, Scantling crossed the finish line in 10.85. This gave the Jacksonville, Fla., native 894 points to start the competition.
Finishing just behind Williams, Scantling registered the fastest time of his career in the 400 (49.97) to take second. This finish was strong enough to add a final 816 points to his tally.
Scantling also hit the 23-foot mark for the first time in his career to take third in the long jump. He added 828 points to his total after working up to a third attempt of 23-2.
Uibo, who is a Polva, Estonia, native, had his top performance of the day to win the long jump. Uibo traveled 25-8 (1,015 points) on his second attempt to pick up the victory by more than a foot and a half. This is the best mark for a Bulldog since 1998 (Champ Bailey, 25-8.75) and the sixth best in history.
"Both of our freshmen stole the show today," Kyprianou said. "Maicel's performance in the long jump is a big-time highlight for us and one that should propel him into a great second day."
The high jump presented a challenge for Uibo, who has battled a foot injury all year long. After passing on the first 12 heights, Uibo cleared 6-5 on his first try. He then passed on the next two heights before reaching 6-8.75 on his third attempt for 850 points.
Uibo also finished the 100 with the best time of his life for third place. He clocked a 10.99 for 863 points, which is the first time he had broken the 11-second mark.
In the shot put, Uibo opened with a mark of 41-9.25, which was good for fifth place and 651 points. To wrap up the day, Uibo was fourth in the 400 after completing his lap in 50.94 (772).
Williams won each of the events that were held on the track. He shot out of the gate to win the opening event during his first time running the 100 in his Bulldog career. Williams clocked a 10.80 to score 906 points.
Racing in a single heat in the 400, Williams sped to a finish of 49.65 for 831 points. All three Bulldogs were in the front pack during the final turn before Williams separated himself in the homestretch.
Williams improved his top jump in high school by more than a foot to earn runner-up honors in the long jump. He had a mark of 24-1 between his first and third attempts to score 896 points.
In the third event, Williams left with a sixth-place finish in the shot put with a mark of 40-0.75 (619). Williams finished the high jump with a mark of 6-1.50 for seventh place and 687 points.
Day one results and a recap will also be found at georgiadogs.com.
Decathlon - Day One
Name 100m LJ SP HJ 400m DAY 1
Garrett Scantling *10.85 (2nd) *23-2 (3rd) *47-5.25 (1st) *6-9.75 (1st) *49.97 (2nd) 4,173 pts.
#Maicel Uibo 10.99 (3rd) 25-8 (1st) 41-9.25 (5th) 6-8.75 (2nd) 50.94 (4th) 4,151 pts.
#Devon Williams 10.80 (1st) 24-1 (2nd) 40-0.75 (6th) 6-1.50 (7th) 49.65 (1st) 3,939 pts.
*personal-best mark; #first time competing outdoors in the event