Georgia's Elizabeth Tepe Wins Second Straight SEC Hammer Throw Title
May 15, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. --- Georgia senior Elizabeth Tepe capped her final league meet by winning her second consecutive hammer throw title during the opening day of the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships in Lexington, Ky., on Thursday.
Tepe launched a personal-best throw of 210 feet, 7 inches to win the only scored event during a day that featured temperatures in the low 50s and winds measuring between 10-15 mph most of the day.
Freshman Kendell Williams also took control of the heptathlon after four events with 3,656 points and sophomore Maicel Uibo is leading the decathlon following five of the competition's 10 events with 4,059 points.
"Great day for the Bulldogs with Liz Tepe starting the day with an SEC title, defending her championship and showing her consistency in the event," said Bulldog assistant coach Petros Kyprianou. "In the heptathlon, Kendell Williams and Quintunya Chapman had strong starts in a close competition. They had to compete hard against the weather and adjust to those conditions and they did a good job. Uibo and Scantling also did well during the first day and we will be looking for a better day (on Friday). We will be trying to win a couple more titles for the Bulldogs and keep the team scoring going."
Scantling and Uibo wrap up the final five events of the decathlon on Friday at noon. Williams and Chapman start the last three events of the heptathlon at 1:30 p.m. on day two. Freshmen Alex Larsson and Alex Poursanidis kick off the open events on Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Tepe, a native of Parker, Co., ripped two career-best efforts in her six-throw series, including her top throw on her third attempt, to top LSU's Denise Hinton (207-4). While this is Tepe's second straight championship in the event, it is Georgia's fifth in a row and the Lady Bulldogs have now won the last seven of nine titles in the event.
After setting the Junior College national record at Saddleback College (Ca.), the 26-year-old Marine veteran enrolled at UGA and joined Don Babbitt's throws corps. Tepe graduated with a degree in Biology last week.
"It is just as sweet as winning the title last year, if not sweeter," Tepe said. "You have the target on your back after you win an SEC title and you know you have to work for it versus really great competition. I knew it was going to be a dogfight. This is my senior year and I am so proud to be a Bulldog. I'm proud to be at Georgia and you couldn't ask for anything better. It has been a sweet, sweet SECs so far and I am pumped to see the Bulldogs win some more events."
The first portion of the multi-events was also on Thursday. In the first event of the heptathlon, Williams matched her best time from the Bulldog Heptathlon by winning the 100-meter hurdles with a 13.32 for 1,077 points. Racing in the open hurdles last weekend in Athens, Williams set the school record at 13.06 in perfect conditions. Chapman trimmed .01 off her personal best to take sixth with a 14.21 to start her off with 949 points on Thursday.
In the high jump, Williams cleared 5-10 on her first try and ended up tying for the win in the event for 953 points. Chapman notched 701 points after going over the bar at 5-1.75.
Chapman rose in the standings after her third and final throw in the shot put measured 41-10.50. This gave the Hinesville native second-place honors and 711 points. Williams was fifth in the shot thanks to a second throw of 40-1.50.
The Lady Bulldogs closed out the day by going 1-2 in the 200. Williams clocked a personal best to win with a 24.32 (950) while Chapman was second with a 24.59 for 925 points.
In the decathlon, Scantling started his day by taking third in the 100 with an 11.08 for third place while Uibo went 11.22 for seventh place and 812 points.
Uibo added 883 points to his total when the long jump came around. The Estonia native traveled 23-11 on his first try to win the event. Scantling had a mark of 22-2.25 on his opening jump and finished fifth (757).
Thanks to his shot put toss of 46-9.50, Uibo won his second straight event and added 744 points. Scantling was fourth in the shot after he worked up to a third throw of 41-3.75. The Jacksonville, Fla., native was awarded 642 points for his finish.
Uibo utilized a third attempt clearance in the high jump to take second and score 850 more points. He soared over the bar at 6-8.75 as Scantling took third with a clearance of 6-7.50 (822).
During the final event, Scantling ran the 400 in 50.15 for fourth place (808) while Uibo was eighth with a 50.98 (770).
Results and recaps from the SEC Championships will be located at georgiadogs.com. Updates about all Bulldog track and field news can be found on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.
^back-to-back SEC champion
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