Maicel Uibo Puts Bulldogs On The Board At NCAA Championships
June 7, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. --- Georgia freshman Maicel Uibo scored four points with a fifth-place finish in the decathlon to put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard during the second day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday.
Uibo tallied 8,017 points thanks to three personal-best performances over two days at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field. His sophomore teammate, Garrett Scantling, finished one spot out of scoring in ninth with a career-high score of 7,873, which improved his No. 4 score in the UGA record books.
The decathlon competition had six competitors who scored more than 8,000 points for the first time in history at an NCAA Championships. The previous high for a national meet was two who reached that number.
Senior Lucie Ondraschkova also finished with a day one personal-best score of 3,446 to move into ninth place in the heptathlon. Known for her scoring surge on day two during the final three events, Ondraschkova recorded a pair of career-best times in the 100-meter hurdles and 200 to pace her performance.
The 10th-ranked Lady Bulldogs are in a three-way tie for fourth with 10 points as Kansas (22), Arizona State (20) and Arizona (11) make up the top three. The 11th-ranked Georgia men are tied for 23rd. Texas (31), Virginia Tech (14) and Arkansas (14) are in the top three for the men.
Ondraschkova will start the second day of the heptathlon on Friday in the long jump at 3:30 p.m. ET. Sophomore Morgann Leleux will compete in the women's pole vault at 6:15 p.m. while freshman Shaunae Miller will take the track at 8:55 p.m. for the 400 finals.
"I'm relieved we were able to get some points on the men's side after the way we started on (Wednesday)," said head coach Wayne Norton. "We had some question about whether or not we were going to score any points. But the end of the decathlon showed some upside for the men. It's frustrating because we had two really good scores but there were six guys who scored more than 8,000 points in an incredible competition. Maicel and Garrett really competed well and finished strong so I am proud of their efforts.
"In the hep, Lucie is on a personal-best pace and really performing well on a big stage. The heptathlon is just as tough as the decathlon so she will need every point she can get. She is right where we need her to be. We should continue to score each day and if we do that, we will be on track for a top-10 finish."
Scantling shot into scoring position after clocking a 14.66 in the 110 hurdles to start the day. He scored 891 points and moved into eighth place during the sixth event overall.
In the discus, Scantling shot up nearly 14 feet between his first and second attempts to post a personal-best mark of 143-6. He scored 741 points in the event but slipped from eighth to 10th place overall.
Scantling came within two inches of tying his personal best in the pole vault as he finished 10th in the event. Scantling shot over the bar at 15-9 to score 849 points after passing on the first eight heights.
Muscling a throw of 201-1 on his first try, Scantling had the second-longest javelin throw in the competition. The Jacksonville, Fla., native moved into a scoring spot (eighth) after adding 757 in this event.
Scantling ran his way to another personal best in the 1500 after crossing the line in 4:50.74. This was 17th and added 614 points for Scantling as he finished just 60 points out of scoring.
Uibo started his second day with a career-best time of 14.67 in the 110 hurdles. The Polva, Estonia, native was 10th in the event and scored 890 points after topping his former personal best by .11 seconds.
Uibo improved on his second and third throws in the discus to reach a mark of 149-1 for 776 points. This was the second-longest throw of his Bulldog career as Uibo moved into ninth place overall.
During the pole vault, Uibo cleared 15-1 and 15-9 on his first try before hitting a mark of 16-0.75 on his second attempt for seventh place. This height scored the Estonian 880 points as he took over the eighth overall spot.
Uibo positioned himself in seventh place overall after opening with a throw of 191-1 in the javelin. This finish scored Uibo 711 points.
The 2013 SEC champion boosted himself from seventh to fifth in the final event with a career-best 1500 time of 4:28.12. Uibo scored 757 points to take seventh in the competition's final event.
In the heptathlon, Ondraschkova passed her former day one personal-best score of 3,310, set during her 5,701-point performance earlier this season.
Ondraschkova ran the school's fastest time in the 100 hurdles since 2006 to take 10th and score 1,014 points. She shot to No. 6 on the UGA's all-time list with a 13.75 after shaving .27 seconds off her previous personal best.
Starting with three first attempt clearances, Ondraschkova reached a height of 5-7.75 to take eighth in the high jump and stay at 10th overall. She scored 879 points for her efforts with the second-best height of her season.
Ondraschkova opened the shot put competition by unleashing the longest throw of her season and the second-longest effort of her career. She had a mark of 38-9.50 to take 13th in the shot put with 649 points and move into eighth overall.
To cap her day one personal-best effort, Ondraschkova picked up her second career-best effort on Thursday. She shot across the 200 finish line in 24.81, giving her the second sub 25-second time in her career. Ondraschkova tallied 904 points in the event after taking 11th.
Sophomore Tynia Gaither finished with the second-fastest time of her career in the 200 semifinals to highlight her first trip to the NCAA Championships. Gaither clocked a 23.23 (her personal best is 23.21) to finish fifth in her heat and 12th overall.
Racing for the final time in her collegiate career outdoors, senior Leslie Boozer finished 16th overall in the steeplechase. The Birmingham, Ala., native completed her laps in 10:17.96 to take eighth in her heat. Earlier this season, Boozer set a school record in the event with a time of 10:02.02 to earn runner-up honors at the SEC Championships.
Live results and a recap from each day of the NCAA Championships will be found at georgiadogs.com.Bulldog Results - Day One
Bulldog Results - Day Two
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