Bulldogs Dominate Home Track & Field Competition
Highlights from Friday's action of the of the Spec Towns National Team Invitational including Garrett Scantling and Coach Kyprianou talking about the event.
April 11, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Junior Garrett Scantling took over the national lead as he and sophomore Maicel Uibo scored more than 8,100 points to highlight the Bulldog Decathlon with first- and second-place finishes on Friday.
Scantling scored UGA's second-best point total all-time (8,169) to edge Uibo (8,123). The pair moves to 1-2 in the current NCAA rankings this year and 2-3 in the 2014 world rankings. Uibo owns the school record after winning the 2013 Bulldog Decathlon with 8,223, which put his name at No. 10 on the all-time collegiate list.
Georgia also claimed an early lead during the first day of the Bulldog Heptathlon. Coming off a collegiate record and the NCAA pentathlon title indoors, true freshman Kendell Williams scored 3,719 points, including victories in the first two events. This was strong enough to give her a 328-point lead over junior teammate Quintunya Chapman (3,391), who won the last two events, through day one.
Georgia also had two personal bests in open events during the first day of the Spec Towns Invitational.
The Bulldog Heptathlon cranks back up with the long jump at 10 a.m. while the Spec Towns National Team Invitational starts back with the women's javelin at 10:30 a.m. The first open event on the track is the women's 5000 meters at 1:10 p.m.
"The performances by our two decathletes really demonstrates what I like about hosting meets at our facility," said Bulldog head coach Wayne Norton. "The Spec Towns Track produces marks, it is a mark producer. We tend to have those type performances at this facility. Usually when teams come here they want to come back. Garrett and Maicel are about 40 percent of what we should have at Nationals and we know this is still April so there is plenty of time to continue our development.
"The heptathlon really went well for us too with Kendell just being Kendell. She is on pace for great things on Saturday. And Quintunya is not getting better year to year, but week to week. She finished strong and has another strong event for her waiting in the long jump. Overall we have had good competition with perfect weather. We proved today that you don't have to have the stands full to accomplish great things, and we hope more is in store on Saturday."
Scantling captured his first overall lead with the longest javelin toss of his career in the ninth event. He registered the 10th-longest throw in school history (218 feet, 9 inches) to score 839 points with the only 200-foot throw of the competition. Uibo, who had a top career throw of 199-8 coming in, reached 192-1 for second place and 716 points.
Riding the momentum of the javelin, Scantling ran a personal-best time of 4:48.02 in the 1500 to clinch his first decathlon championship. Uibo set the pace for Scantling, who was third in the race for 631 points. Uibo surged ahead of Scantling in the final lap for a 4:38.45, finishing less than a second behind former Bulldog and SEC champion Tommy Barrineau (4:38.09). Barrineau finished fourth overall.
The current Bulldog pair either matched their personal best or set a new career best in the pole vault. Uibo and Scantling tied for third with marks of 16-2.75 for 895 points each, which included a combined three third-attempt clearances. Uibo matched his best mark set at the 2013 Bulldog Decathlon while Scantling hit the 16-foot mark for the first time in his outdoor career.
With Wisconsin's Zach Ziemek securing the top finish in the discus with a second throw of 155-8, Uibo and Scantling rounded out the top three. Uibo opened with a throw of 152-9 for 799 points before following with a pair of fouls. Scantling notched his first personal best of the year after his second attempt reached 151-2. This gave Scantling another 789 points.
Scantling and Uibo went first (920 points) and third (846), respectively, in the decathlon's first event on Friday in the 110 hurdles. This was Scantling's first victory in the competition as the Jacksonville, Fla., native attempts to return to his second consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championships.
During the open triple jump, sophomore Jamario Calhoun responded from an opening foul with a career-long effort of 50-1.75 for second place. This bested Calhoun's previous collegiate best of 47-10 during Georgia's home opener last year.
Freshman Alex Larsson posted his second straight personal best in the hammer throw to have the No. 2 collegiate finish (third overall) at the Spec Towns Track. Larsson built up to a throw of 214-9 on his fifth attempt. His freshman teammate Alex Poursanidis took fourth overall after his opening attempt measured 211-10.
Senior Elizabeth Tepe was the second collegiate finisher (third overall) in the women's hammer throw thanks to a third throw that measured 196 feet. True freshman Asianna Covington finished one spot behind her in fourth at 184-8.
In the Bulldog Heptathlon, Williams got off to a quick start in the 100 hurdles and scored 1,077 points. The Marietta native ran a 13.32 to win, which shot her to No. 3 in the school record books with the best time since 2004. Chapman was fourth in her first time running the event after recording a 14.24 for fourth place (945).
The day one leader moved into the sixth spot on Georgia's all-time top-10 list after winning the high jump too. Williams cleared 6 feet on her second attempt to add 1,016 to her total and win the event by three and a half inches. Chapman, whose personal best indoors was 5-3.25, went over the bar at 5-3.75 in her first outdoor high jump competition for fifth place (759).
It was Chapman's turn to win a couple events when the heptathlon's shot put arrived. The Hinesville native worked up to a second throw of 42-6 to finish first and boost her total by 724 points. Williams was not far behind after taking third with a second throw that measured 41-3.75 for 700 points.
A sprinter exclusively during her first two years, Chapman also earned top honors in the 200 with a 24.18 for 963 points. Similar to the shot put, Williams was also third in the 200. She ran a 24.58 for 926 points to finish just .01 behind Deanna Latham (24.57).
Results and recaps from the Bulldog Decathlon & 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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