May 9, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. --- Georgia sophomore Garrett Scantling is leading his teammate by 39 points through the first day of the decathlon at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Columbia, Mo., on Thursday.
After a two-hour weather delay to start the action at the Audrey J. Walton Stadium, three Bulldog decathletes - freshmen Maicel Uibo and Devon Williams and Scantling - and one heptathlete, senior Lucie Ondraschkova, completed the first day of their multi-events.
Scantling completed his fifth and final event of the day with a personal best in the 400-meter dash to take a lead with 4,156 points. His teammate, Maicel Uibo, also had a career best in the 400 and is in second place in the decathlon with 4,117 points.
Ondraschkova scored the most day one points of her career in the heptathlon (3,362) and is in fourth place overall. She highlighted her performance by reaching a career-best height of 5 feet, 8 inches in the high jump.
The meet cranks up again on Friday at noon ET with the sixth of 10 events in the decathlon. The heptathlon begins again at 1 p.m. while junior Elizabeth Tepe competes in the women's hammer throw to start Georgia's open events.
"The heptathlon and decathlon are two of our best events, events that we come in ranked high," said head coach Wayne Norton. "So far, this crew is either doing extremely well or well. Usually when we start out strong, it helps our momentum. The main thing now is coming back just as strong on (Friday) since we are going to be sore. The good thing is our crew looks to be in as good shape as anyone."
During the final event of the day, Scantling clocked his 49.20 to score 852 points. This finish trimmed nearly eight-tenths of a second off of his previous personal best set at the Bulldog Decathlon in Athens earlier this year.
Scantling won the shot put on his first throw to added 769 points to his total. He reached 48-1 to edge Arkansas' Kevin Lazas by six inches.
Then, the Jacksonville, Fla., native tied Uibo for the high jump victory after both reached 6-8 on their opening tries. Scantling and Uibo were each awarded 831 points for their performance.
Scantling earned runner-up honors in the 100 after finishing just .03 behind Devon Williams' winning time. Scantling clocked a 10.91 to score 881 points after he had a career-best 10.85 earlier this season.
Williams, who is competing in his third decathlon of his collegiate career, is in sixth place overall with 3,715 points.
In the long jump, Scantling soared the second-longest distance of his career to finish fourth for 823 points. Scantling's third attempt measured 23-1 as he has a career best of 23-2 set earlier this season.
Uibo picked up a five-inch victory in the long jump to score 942 points. After approaching 24 feet on his opening try, Uibo had a mark of 24-8 on his second jump. The Estonia native had the sixth-best jump in school history of 25-8 to highlight his finish at the Bulldog Decathlon.
Improving on his final two throws, Uibo tallied nearly a three-foot career best in the shot put to score 701 points. His third throw was 44-6 and gave him a third-place finish.
Uibo's second career best on Thursday came with a fifth-place finish in the 400. Uibo ran a 50.61 to finish fifth and add 787 points to his total.
Uibo took fourth in the 100 after completing his race in 11.02 to jumpstart his day. He scored 856 points in his opening event.
Williams shot out to an early lead in the decathlon after winning the 100 with a 10.88. This time scored Williams 888 points after his finish was just .08 seconds off his personal best.
Also on the track, Williams was third in the 400 to score 827 points. His time of 49.73 was also third in his heat with Scantling and Arkansas' Nathanael Franks finishing ahead of him.
During the second event, Williams sandwiched a mark of 22-5 between two long jump fouls to take seventh. His effort gained him 776 points.
After opening with a pair of fouls, Williams managed a throw of 36-6 in the shot put to score 554 points and take 10th.
The SEC meet marks the first decathlon for Uibo and Scantling since the Bulldog Decathlon in early April. Uibo scored a national leading 8,223 points, which is one of the top 10 collegiate legal wind performances of all-time, while Scantling was at 7,824 when the final event was complete.
"Scantling and Uibo backed up their performances they had at our home meet," said Norton. "I think this shows their level of consistency and they are going to need it in day two and once we get to the NCAA Championships."
Ondraschkova battled for a fourth-place finish after the first day versus some of the country's top competition. Bolstered by four opening attempt clearances, she worked up to a personal-best mark of 5-8 in the high jump to score 891 points. Her performance shot her to third overall in the competition after starting in seventh.
Ondraschkova recorded the second-fastest time of her career in the 100 hurdles to finish seventh. She won her heat with a 14.11 to open the competition with 963 points.
The Opava, Czech Republic, native had another two seventh-place finishes in the shot put and 200. In the throws, Ondraschkova posted a season-best mark of 37-10 in the shot put to score 630 points. Her top effort came on her third and final throw.
Ondraschkova wrapped up her day by taking fifth in her heat and seventh overall in the 200 with a time of 25.10.
"Lucie competed very well today against two of the best heptathletes in the nation," said Norton. "I am happy with how everyone is competing. One thing we about this whole team this year is that they are all very good competitors, and we are hoping that trends continues on into the postseason."
Live results and recaps from the SEC Championships will be located at georgiadogs.com.