Senior Cory Holman's career-best effort in the shot put helped propel him into the competition lead.
April 12, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia senior Cory Holman posted a personal-best in the shot put and managed to hold the overall lead in the Bulldog Decathlon following the first day of action in Athens, Ga., on Thursday.
Holman has scored 4,087 points through five events and holds a 64-point lead on Finland’s Sami Itani (4,023). Bulldog freshman Garrett Scantling, competing in his first collegiate decathlon, tallied 3,876 points and is in third place while senior Michael Ayers is holding down sixth place (3,774 points).
The decathlon continues on Friday at noon with the 110-meter hurdles. The heptathlon, featuring Georgia junior Lucie Ondraschkova, kicks off on Friday at 10:45 a.m. with the 100 hurdles.
“It was about 20 degrees cooler today than what we have had to train in but our crew is just trying to score as many points without tapering off or expecting huge numbers,” said Bulldog multi-events coach Petros Kyprianou. “I thought Garrett had a great start for us. We are hoping to get as many guys over 7,400 points as possible and all of them are on pace. The weather should be better (on Friday) and I am proud of these guys performing well after some tough weeks of training. They are fighting hard and doing a good job of proving that Georgia has top-grade decathletes. This will be a great tune-up for the (Southeastern Conference) meet.”
In the decathlon’s opening event, Holman had the second-fastest time in the 100 at 10.99 to score 863 points. Ayers finished one spot behind Holman at 11.02.
Holman surged into the overall lead after winning the long jump with the second-longest mark of his career. He opened with a mark of 24 feet, 4 ¼ inches to add 915 to his total.
Ayers returned in the long jump to take third after traveling 23-7.25, which is his third-best mark of his Georgia career. Despite a pair of fouls, Scantling finished fifth in the long jump after recording a mark of 22-11.25.
During the competition’s third event, Holman exploded for a personal-best shot put toss of 43-11.25, which measured more than three feet farther than his previous career best. This performance gave him a third-place finish in the shot and kept him (2,469) at 60 points ahead of Itani (2,409).
But it was Scantling who moved to fifth in the competition after earning runner-up honors in the shot put. Scantling lifted the shot a career-best distance of 44-7 as Ayers managed an effort of 43-5.25.
Scantling continued to heat up in the high jump after winning with a mark of 6-9.50 after clearing the height on his third and final attempt. Holman, who owns the SEC Indoor Championships heptathlon record after clearing 7-1.75 in 2010, tied for third in the event with a clearance of 6-7.
Holman topped his Bulldog teammate in the 400 after crossing the finish line in 50.20.
Live results and recaps of each day’s action will be located at georgiadogs.com.
NAMES 100m Long jump Shot put High jump 400m
Cory Holman (4,087) 10.99 24-4.25 *43-11.25 6-7 50.20
Michael Ayers (3,774) 11.02 23-7.25 43-5.25 6-2.25 53.22
^Garrett Scantling (3,876) 11.34 22-11.25 44-7 6-9.50 52.38
* - personal-best mark; ^ - first collegiate heptathlon