Bulldog freshman sprinter Justin Scott-Wesley traveled to his second away track meet after completing spring football practice on April 14.
April 27, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa --- Despite less than perfect weather conditions, Georgia's track and field teams continued their competition at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday.
With temperatures lingering in the low 50s with 25+mph winds, the Bulldogs battled in a variety of events versus ranked teams from across the country.
"I thought we just had an average day and one that was definitely affected by the weather," said head coach Wayne Norton. "We have had some good meets weather-wise up at this site over the last couple of years but today was back to the old style of weather we were used to (in Des Moines). Our people attempted to get it going today, but I'm hoping they will crank up a little more (on Saturday)."
Sophomore Megan Malasarte finished second in the 800-meter run after registering a time of 2:07.79. She now has three times of 2:07 or better this season.
"Megan ran a pretty strong race in the 800, although she really wanted to win after leading for most of the way," Norton said. "She's been very consistent this spring and that's a good sign."
In the high jump, junior Saniel Atkinson-Grier reached at least 5 feet, 10 inches for the fourth time during the outdoor season. Atkinson-Grier tied for fourth after hitting 5-10 on her second attempt.
The Bulldogs also qualified for the 4x100 finals with a fresh rotation of runners. Senior Phillip Adams, sophomore Waymon Storey, junior Eric Harris and freshman Justin Scott-Wesley combined to clock a 40.65 to finish fifth in the prelims. The foursome will compete in the 4x100 finals around 6 p.m. on Saturday.
"They had a little trouble with one of their handoffs so I think this crew will have an opportunity to have a much better finish in the finals," said Norton.
This is Scott-Wesley's second outdoor collegiate meet after wrapping up spring football practice with the Bulldogs where he is a receiver. Scott-Wesley returned to the track in the 100 prelims and finished with a collegiate personal-best time of 10.72 for ninth place, which was one spot from qualifying for the finals.
Harris, Adams and Storey also joined senior Torrin Lawrence to take third in the 4x200 relay with a time of 1:22.55.
Junior heptathlete Lucie Ondraschkova finished 18th in the 100 hurdle prelims with a season-best time of 14.49 as she continues to prepare for her seven events at the SEC Outdoor Championships.
In the 110 hurdles, Jared Dunn chopped a hundredth of a second off his personal-best time to take 22nd in the prelims with a 14.74.
The Georgia throwers also competed at the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Calif., on Friday. Unlike Des Moines, the Bulldogs experienced temperatures in the upper 60s with sunny skies in their competition.
Senior Nikola Lomnicka managed a ninth-place finish in the hammer throw after reaching 200-8. The two-time defending SEC champion has only competed in two meets this year with a season-best mark of 201-4.
Another pair of Lady Bulldogs also squared off in the discus. Sophomore Hilenn James reached a distance of 173-8 for fifth place while senior Eve Machovec finished 21st after recording a mark of 148-3.
Live results and recaps from each day of action at the Drake Relays and Triton Invitational will be located at georgiadogs.com.