May 10, 2012
BATON ROUGE --- Georgia senior Cory Holman positioned himself in third place in the decathlon during the first day of the multi-events at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships in Baton Rouge on Thursday.
Holman ran a season-best time in the 100-meter dash to score 4,047 points through five events. Senior Michael Ayers reached his longest distance of the season in the shot put to help score 3,972 points for fifth place while freshman Garrett Scantling, who is competing in only the second decathlon of his career, is holding at seventh place (3,788).
The 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500 will wrap up the decathlon starting at 12:30 p.m. ET on Friday.
Junior Lucie Ondraschkova is in eighth place overall in the heptathlon through four events with a score of 3,083. Ondraschkova, who has traditionally surged during the second day of the heptathlon, scored 3,181 during the 2010 SEC Championships before finishing with a career-high score of 5,467.
The heptathletes will start their final three events - the long jump, javelin and 800 - at 3:15 p.m. on Friday.
"I think it was a little hard for everyone today with the headwind we had," said Bulldog multi-events coach Petros Kyprianou. "But the guys put up some decent marks in the first two events and then got things going a little bit in the high jump. Even though this was an SEC meet, the setup was a little slow and energy was a little low. But our guys did a good job trying to get each other going. For this crew, it's all about trying to get to 7,500 points and get to Nationals, that's our main focus.
"Lucie had some good things happen and a couple struggles. She started off with a strong 100 hurdles and ended with the best 200 time of her career. The thing about Lucie is that she is a `gamer'. All of our people are day two performers so we are going to give it our best shot on (Friday). The battle is far from over."
During the decathlon, Holman and Scantling fought their way into a four-way tie for the win in the high jump. The pair both cleared 6 feet, 8 ¾ inches to match a duo of Arkansas jumpers. There are four Razorbacks in the competition to go along with three Bulldogs and one Mississippi State competitor.
Scantling tied his personal best in the 100 to start the competition. He clocked an 11.34 for eighth place while Holman grabbed runner-up honors with a season-best time of 10.93. Ayers was third in the competition after crossing the finish line in 11.05.
All three Bulldogs finished in the bottom half in the long jump. Holman topped his teammates after traveling 23-10.25 as Ayers finished sixth (23-4.75) and Scantling took eighth (21-8).
Ayers got his competition going with a season-best effort of 43-9.75 in the shot put. This gave him a fourth-place finish in the event. Scantling was fifth in the shot put (43-7) as Holman finished seventh with a top throw of 41-2.50.
The trio wrapped up their opening day by going 4-5-6 in the 400. While Holman clocked a 50.25 to take fourth and Ayers had a 50.45 for fifth, Scantling managed a career-best time of 51.47 to take sixth place.
In the heptathlon, Ondraschkova finished with her only personal best of the first day in the 200. After hovering in the 25.60s during four other meets in her career, the Opava, Czech Republic, native sped to a 25.56 and was eighth in the event.
Ondraschkova shot to a season-best start in the 100 hurdles to finish eighth in her first event on Thursday. Ondraschkova, who had a personal-best time of 14.29 at the 2010 SEC meet, managed a 14.35 to start her day.
During the third event of the day, Ondraschkova finished in the middle of the pack with a shot put toss of 36-7.50, which was the second-best throw of her career. She also cleared 5-2.25 to tie for seventh in the high jump.
The women's hammer starts the action on Friday at 12:30 p.m., along with the decathlon. Lady Bulldog senior Nikola Lomnicka is the two-time defending SEC champion in the event.
Live results and recaps from each day's action at the SEC Championships can be found at georgiadogs.com.