Senior Morgan VanGorder finished the 10,000m with the seventh-best time in school history.
April 19, 2013
WALNUT, Calif. --- All six members of Georgia's track and field teams left the Hilmer Lodge Stadium with career-best times during the opening day of the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., late Thursday.
The distance events start back at 5:05 p.m. ET on Friday and are scheduled to run late into the night. Another set of Bulldogs are also scheduled to compete at the War Eagle Invitational in Auburn, Ala., starting late in the afternoon.
"It was a very strong day for the Bulldogs and we got a lot accomplished that will help us later this year and on into the future," said Bulldog distance coach Patrick Cunniff. "Every one of our athletes who ran (Thursday) set a lifetime best. I was really proud of how all of our kids competed and I'm excited to see what we can do the next two days."
Senior Leslie Boozer clocked her second consecutive personal best to take third in the 3000-meter steeplechase. After she shot to No. 2 in the Lady Bulldog record books with a 10:08.54 at the Florida Relays, Boozer improved her spot on the school's all-time top-10 list and moved into a tie for No. 5 on the national performance list. She registered a time of 10:08.27, which is also the fastest finish in the SEC this year.
After clocking a career-best time at the 2012 Mt. SAC Relays, senior Morgan VanGorder improved that mark at the 2013 meet to take 13th. VanGorder trimmed 16 seconds off her personal best to register a time of 34:57.90. This is the seventh-best time in school history.
"Leslie and Morgan were both super solid and showed the strength built up from their years of experience," said Cunniff.
Freshman Sid Vaughn got his first crack at the Relays and left with the 10th-best 10,000 time in school history. Vaughn completed his 25 laps in 30:22.87 to take 13th place overall.
In the 1500, 800 All-American Megan Malasarte took 14th with the sixth-fastest time in school history. The sophomore from Fayetteville clocked a 4:24.50 to top 157 other competitors as she prepares for to run an 800 race later in the weekend.
"Megan and Charles really got us going by winning their heats and running big personal bests," Cunniff said.
A recap from the Mt. SAC Relays will also be found at georgiadogs.com.