Georgia's Shaunae Miller Earns NCAA Runner-Up Honors In 400m
June 7, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. --- Georgia true freshman Shaunae Miller finished second in the 400-meter dash finals to be one of two Lady Bulldog scorers on the third day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Friday.
Miller topped her own school record of 51.57, which was set during the semifinal round, with a time of 50.70 in the 400 finals to add eight points to Georgia's total. Miller captured the 2013 NCAA indoor championship and will finish her first year scoring a combined 18 national points.
Senior Lucie Ondraschkova was the second Lady Bulldog to score in the meet's third day. She moved into the No. 2 spot in the school record books with a personal-best heptathlon score of 5,859 to take seventh.
Ondraschkova, whose final tally scored two points for the Lady Bulldogs, recorded a pair of career-best times in the 100-meter hurdles and 200 to give the Georgia women their best score since Hyleas Fountain set a school record with 6,033 in 2004.
With the two scorers on Friday and freshman Freya Jones' javelin title on Wednesday, the Lady Bulldogs have scored a total of 20 points to put themselves in sixth. Kansas (48), Oregon (33), Arizona State (26), Stanford (25) and LSU (23) make up the top five on the women's side.
For the men, Georgia is in a six-way tie for 37th place. USC (32) and Texas (32) are leading with Arkansas (30.50), Florida State (21.50) and Texas A&M (21) rounding out the top five.
"Our goal coming into this meet was to finish in the top five and now we are fighting for a spot in the top 10," said head coach Wayne Norton. "It was bittersweet to finish with a second-place finish in the 400 to score eight points. It is big for a freshman to score eight points, although she was the top 400 prospect coming out of high school so I wish the world would have gotten to see her best.
"This reminds us that we have to continue to get even more fit and be ready for a meet of this magnitude. We have to concentrate in that high jump (on Saturday) to try and scrap for more points."
To open Friday's heptathlon competition, Ondraschkova traveled 19 feet, 10 ¾ inches on her first try in the long jump before answering that effort with a mark of 20-0.25, which was fourth. This is the second-best mark of Ondraschkova's career as she scored 880 points.
Ondraschkova set a season-best mark in the javelin to score 649 points as she tied the second-longest throw of her career. She lifted the javelin 128-2 and continued to situate herself in seventh place going into the heptathlon's final event.
The Opava, Czech Republic, native wrapped up her final collegiate heptathlon by finishing fifth in the 800 with a 2:16.04. This scored 878 points and secured her first points in the outdoor multi-events after advancing to four consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championships.
"I am glad for Lucie since she has been to this meet all four years and has now finally cracked into the scoring ranks," Norton said. "Points are so scarce at this meet I am overjoyed with getting those two points from Lucie. Her performance helps us keep within a prayer of being in the top 10."
Sophomore Morgann Leleux, who was the runner-up at both the 2012 NCAA indoor and outdoor meets, tied for 13th in the pole vault after clearing 13-7.25. The 2012 and 2013 SEC champion cleared her first height before passing at 13-9.25. Leleux then missed all three attempts at 13-11.25 and did not break into the top eight scoring spots.
Leleux had a trying year after suffering a detached retina during the indoor season and the subsequent surgery to correct it. This injury kept her out of action for several months.
Live results and a recap from each day of the NCAA Championships will be found at georgiadogs.com.
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