April 23, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia's track and field teams cruised to a pair of team wins during their dual meet with Missouri at the Spec Towns Track on Saturday.
This marked the second to last home meet for the Bulldogs in 2011 before the finale arrives with the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships on May 12-15. This will mark the first time since 1999 that Georgia has hosted the meet.
On Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs racked up 121 points to Missouri's 80 behind 15 individual or relay victories. The Georgia men scored 111 points to Missouri's 81 to complete the sweep thanks in part to 11 wins.
"This meet was a very successful one for the intentions we had for this particular meet," said head coach Wayne Norton. "The exact final score that both teams finished with was not our objective coming in. We just wanted to compete hard head-to-head and see what happened. What we got out of this meet was a double blessing with a lot of wins and some great marks. Our performances in the javelin, shot put, hammer, steeplechase, just to name a few, were filled with personal bests, season bests or just solid marks. I think this meet keeps us in line to continue our improvement for the SEC Championships."
In her first season competing in the event, senior Taylor Adams recovered from an early fall in the 3000-meter steeplechase to clock a career-best finish of 10:25.94 to win. This mark gives her the second-fastest time in school history and the second fastest in the SEC this year.
Junior Matt Cleaver, the school record holder in the men's steeplechase, cruised to a victory in his featured event after logging a time of 8:53.85. Cleaver remains fourth on the national performance list as the postseason nears.
Junior Nikola Lomnicka gave the Lady Bulldogs an early lead after she won the hammer throw with a season-best throw. Lomnicka, the 2010 NCAA champion in the event, reached a mark of 212 feet, 3 inches to move to fifth on the national performance list.
On the men's side, freshman Justin Welch recorded a 15-foot win in the hammer with a top throw of 218-8 to be the only Bulldog scorer in the event.
On a day when all of Georgia's seniors were honored at the finish line during the meet, senior Alesha Asijie launched a personal-best effort of 188-5 to take second in the event and give Georgia eight points in the hammer.
Now sporting the eighth-longest throw in the nation this year in his event, junior Brian Moore unleashed a career-best javelin throw of 241-11 to help give Georgia a 1-2 finish in the event. Decathlete Ben Davies was the runner-up after his top effort measured 196-6.
Junior Colleen Felix picked up an eight-foot victory in the javelin after reaching a distance of 153-6.
A pair of Bulldogs had career-best efforts in the men's shot put to take first and second. Sophomore T.J. Davilmar muscled a throw 58-5.75 to pick up the victory over his freshman teammate Caleb Whitener, who had a personal-best throw of 58-2.50.
Junior John Smith reached 17 feet for the second time this season at the Spec Towns Track as he came away with the victory in the pole vault. Smith had a first-attempt clearance of 17-1 to tally his third straight win in the event. Freshman Paul Malquist recorded his first fair mark of the season to take third (16-1.25).
Freshman Graylin Ward was the only competitor in the high jump and went over the bar at 6-6.75 to add five more points.
Georgia also locked down the top two spots in the women's high jump with sophomore Saniel Atkinson taking first with a mark of 5-8. Carin Walker cleared the same height on her second try and finished with runner-up honors.
Walker was also the runner-up in the 400 hurdles with a season-best time of 1:03.70.
The Lady Bulldogs swept the top two scoring spots in the long jump after sophomore Lucie Ondraschkova hit a mark of 19-5.25 on her second attempt. Ondraschkova is coming off of a win in the heptathlon at the Sea Ray Relays last weekend.
Senior Tierra Bagby was the runner-up in the event with a top mark of 18-7.
Junior Phillip Adams had the second-place finish in the men's 400 hurdles with the second-fastest time of his season (52.03).
Also taking first and second for Georgia were Danny Neff and Miles Svoboda in the men's 1500. Neff completed his laps in 3:50.95 with Svoboda registering a career-best finish of 3:51.77 for second place.
Freshman Megan Malasarte followed up her personal best at last week's War Eagle Invitational with a victory in the 800. Her finish was the second best in her career as she clocked a 2:07.97.
Nembhard also was the only competitor to beat 12 seconds in the 100 as she finished first with an 11.80. In the 200, she was the only runner to go sub-25 seconds after clocking a 24.59.
Bent, Ballard and Spates joined Santerri Baker in the 4x400 relay and finished with a winning time of 3:45.77.
Latroya Darrell bounced back from an opening round foul to win the triple jump after hitting a mark of 40-7.75. Sophomore teammates Maria Augutis and Saniel Atkinson tied for second with a mark of 40-0.50.
Storey made his return to the track in the 200 and won with a time of 21.07 while Maynard took third (21.65).
Another freshman, Hilenn James, tallied five points by winning the women's shot put by one foot with a top throw of 50-5.25.
Georgia added another five points to its total in the 1500 with a second and third-place finish. Senior Bridget Lyons, who is continuing her preparation for the 10,000 at the SEC Championships, was the runner-up with a time of 4:34.33.
Sophomore Santerri Baker upped Georgia's lead with a win in the 100 hurdles. Baker shot across the finish line in 14.27 as Ondraschkova took third (14.56).
In the long jump, junior Aaron LaGarde used his only fair mark (22-9.25) in his series to take second.
Also, Nicole DiMercurio finished with a career-best time of 9:51.14 to take second in the 3000.
Senior Rachel Travis had a season-best mark of 158-7 to take second in the discus competition behind the Lady Tigers' Megan Collins (161-5).
Full results for the Georgia-Missouri dual meet and a recap from the action will be located at georgiadogs.com.
The Bulldogs return to action at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 29-30. Des Moines will also be the spot of the NCAA Outdoor Championships on June 9-12.