Bulldogs Open Action At Drake Relays, Pre-Olympic Meet
Sophomore Luke Baker moved into the Bulldog record books with his 10,000m on Thursday.


Sophomore Luke Baker moved into the Bulldog record books with his 10,000m on Thursday.
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April 26, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa --- Georgia’s track and field teams began the first of three days at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, and in throws competitions in San Diego, Calif., on Thursday.

Sophomore Luke Baker took over the No. 7 spot in the school record books after completing the 10,000-meter run in 30:00.64 for eighth place at the Drake Relays.  This is the fastest time for the Bulldogs since Brett Richardson’s 29:57.54 at the 2011 Relays.

Finishing not far behind Baker was senior J.P. Hackney.  Hackney improved his career-best time in the 10,000 to 30:37.18 and finished 15th.  In his first career 10,000, junior Kyle James also managed a 19th-place finish with a time of 30:52.95 for the Bulldogs.

Senior Abbie Robinson finished 13th out of 28 runners in the first 10,000 of her career with a time of 36:23.84.

Before the Triton Invitational arrives on the UC-San Diego campus on Friday, a group of Bulldog throwers competed versus a majority of the world’s top talent on Thursday at the Pre-Olympics Series I meet at the same facility.

Sophomore Hilenn James had the second-best meet of her career in the discus to take fifth.  She finished with a top effort of 178 feet, 5 inches, which only trails her season-opening performance of 180-4 in the season opener.

Senior Eve Machovec launched a personal-best toss of 47-1.75 in the shot put to highlight her trip out west.

In the men’s shot put, sophomore Caleb Whitener reached at least 61 feet for the second consecutive meet.  Whitener, who had a career-best toss of 61-11.75 at his home track during the Spec Towns Invitational, had a top mark of 61-6.25 on Thursday.

Live results and recaps from each day of action at these meets will be located at georgiadogs.com.

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