Senior Aaron Evans posted season-best performances in the 800m and in the sprint medley relay at the Drake Relays.
April 28, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa --- Bulldog freshman Morgann Leleux improved her own school record in the pole vault to highlight the final day of the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday.
"We had a much better Saturday than Friday,” said head coach Wayne Norton. “Thank God the winds subsided and the temperature rose about 5 degrees. We got off to a victorious start this morning with a really good sprint medley. The team ran well as a team and was highlighted by Aaron Evans on the fourth leg. He ran a 1:47 for the 800. Aaron showed that he is now back to running the kind of times we need from him.”
Leleux, who was the only collegiate vaulter in her Invitational compeition, went over the bar at 14 feet, 5 ¼ inches to finish second overall behind 2008 Olympic Silver medalist and American record holder Jenn Suhr, who cleared 15-3. Leleux’s mark topped her previous personal best of 14-4 set at the Spec Towns Invitational on April 14.
"In the Invitational women's pole vault, Morgann Leleux was as good as she has been all year,” Norton said. “She was actually leading the competition most of the way until the American record holder finally cleared 14-9 to take over the lead. Morgann was great in defeating most of America's best vaulters.”
Evans returned to the track in the 800 and won his second race of the season. He clocked a season-best time of 1:49.36 to edge St. Thomas’ Mike Hutton by a tenth of a second.
"Aaron's win in the 800 was doubly good because it added to UGA's win total for the day and it showed again that he is ready to run extremely well this year,” said Norton. “He was able to run 147 and 149 in the same day. His fitness level is very good right now.”
Lawrence, Storey, Harris and freshman Justin Scott-Wesley combined to win the 4x100 as well. The foursome finished with a season-best time of 39.71.
"When the 4x100 team won, it was our third good result in three relay events,” Norton said. “The 4x200 on Friday was a great race that left us in third place but we ran really well. In the 4x1, we used great teamwork in that each runner did a nice job and we did not have to rely on just one person to put in a super-human effort. The time of 39.7 was pretty good for now although the athletes and coaches think it will be faster as the season progresses.”
Adams also took sixth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 51.37. Also, freshman Drew Branch clocked a career-best 51.62 for seventh place and moved into the No. 10 spot in the Bulldog record books.
Racing in her third 1500 of the season, junior Kristie Krueger finished in 4:20.46 for fourth place.
"Krisitie ran a nice 1500 against a very competitive field of runners,” said Norton. “Based on how she ran at Mt. SAC last week, she has lots of endurance. As her speed training takes effect, she will be a serious threat in the 1500 before the season is over. Coach Jeff Pigg has the distance and middle distance corps running well at the right time.”
Junior Leslie Boozer finished sixth in the steeplechase after completing her laps in 10:30.29.
Full results and a recap from the Drake Relays are located at georgiadogs.com.
Late results and a recap from the Triton Invtational in San Diego will be posted at georgiadogs.com when available.