April 18, 2014
WALNUT, Calif. --- A pair of Bulldog hammer throwers highlighted the first day of the Mt. SAC Relays for members of Georgia’s track and field teams in Walnut, Calif., on Friday.
Another series of events are expected to be completed late in the evening Pacific Standard Time on Friday night.
First-year freshman Asianna Covington set a Canadian Junior record with her performance in the hammer throw. Covington let go of a throw measuring 193 feet, 3 inches, which bested Jennifer Joyce’s former record of 193 feet set in 1999, and gave her a third-place finish at the meet. This improved Covington’s No. 6 mark in the school record books and gave her the fifth-best throw in the Southeastern Conference this year.
Fellow true freshman Alex Larsson hit a mark of 214-5 on his second throw to earn runner-up honors in the hammer. This is the second consecutive meet that the Sweden native has reached 214 feet.
Junior Carly Hamilton also was the third collegiate finisher (11th overall) in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:15.62. This is the fourth-fastest time in the NCAA this year.
Late Thursday night, senior Nicole DiMercurio ran a career-best time in the 10,000 to crank up Georgia track and field’s action at the Mt. SAC Relays. DiMercurio, a native of Suwanee, Ga., vaulted from eighth to seventh in the school record books after running a 34:55.81, which is the sixth-best time in the SEC this year. DiMercurio finished eighth overall in the race and was the fifth collegiate finisher.
Another group of Bulldogs traveled to Auburn, Ala., for the War Eagle Invitational, but their events were rescheduled for Saturday because of inclement weather.
Results and recaps from the Mt. SAC Relays and the War Eagle Invitational will be located at georgiadogs.com. Updates about all Bulldog track and field news can be found on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.