Junior Leslie Boozer ran what Coach Jeff Pigg called one of the best races of her career on Thursday.
April 19, 2012
**Updated following the completion of the final events late Thursday night PDT**
WALNUT, Calif. --- Georgia senior Matt Cleaver topped his own school record in the 3000-meter steeplechase as the Mt. SAC Relays cranked up in Walnut, Calif., on Thursday.
Cleaver shot from the back of the pack with three laps to go to take fourth overall with a school record time of 8:42.84. This mark bettered his previous school record of 8:45.01 set at the 2011 NCAA East Prelims. Cleaver now has one of the top five times in the country this season.
“Matt went out really fast and then backed off during the middle of the race,” said Bulldog distance coach Jeff Pigg. “He moved up a little with three laps to go and then really turned it on those last two laps. I thought he ran a smart, mature race and I think this has to be a pretty satisfying race for him. He beat some very good people in this race and I’m proud of his effort.”
In the women’s steeplechase, junior Leslie Boozer finished fifth with a time of 10:27.87. She moved to third in the school record books after clocking a 10:24.15 at this season’s Florida Relays.
Freshman Carly Hamilton ran her second 1500 in as many weeks and finished with a personal-best time of 4:28.54. Hamilton finished 51st in the race which featured 129 competitors.
“Leslie reacted well to having 17 other people in a steeplechase race, which is a pretty crowded field,” Pigg said. “I thought this was probably one of the best races of her career. I’m also happy with Carly’s performance considering she has only been back running about three weeks (after an injury). This time topped her high school mile personal best and she made an improvement on her 1500 time from last week.”
Events continue at the Mt. SAC Relays through Saturday. Live results and recaps from each day’s action will be located at georgiadogs.com.
Late Results From Thursday Night
Fellow senior Morgan VanGorder trimmed nearly a minute and a half off of her personal best in the 10,000 to earn runner-up honors. VanGorder clocked a 35:13.35, which moved her to No. 6 on the school’s all-time top-10 list and No. 2 in the SEC in 2012.
On the men’s side, senior Brett Richardson ran his first 10,000 of the year and finished with the third-fastest time of his career. Richardson topped 10 other competitors to take 15th after completing his laps in 30:35.70.