June 11, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa --- Both the Georgia men and women's track and field teams scored points yet again as the NCAA Outdoor Championships concluded in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday.
In the team standings, the Lady Bulldogs finished tied for 40th place with six points as Texas A&M (49), Oregon (45) and LSU (43.50) held down the top three spots.
The Georgia men tied for 54th place with three points while Texas A&M (55), Florida State (54) and Florida (53) finished first, second and third, respectively.
This marks the 14th consecutive year that the Georgia men have scored at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Lady Bulldogs have scored at 16 of the last 17 national outdoor meets, peaking with a third-place finish at the 1995 meet.
"This was a humbling experience that we have to look at as coaches and athletes and one that we have to try and do better at in the future," said head coach Wayne Norton. "I don't think anyone would say they reached their goals at this meet. We had two good performances with Nikola (Lomnicka) and Mike (Ayers) but that was about it. We have to shake it off and work harder to get better. We are shooting for another good season next year but with a better finale when we get to this point."
Georgia's only action of the day came with junior Aaron LaGarde competing in the men's triple jump. After reaching a personal-best distance of 52 feet, 7 ½ inches at the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens earlier this year to move to seventh on the school's all-time top-10 list, LaGarde had one fair jump (50-8) sandwiched between a pair of scratches to take 17th at his first NCAA Championships on Saturday.
The Georgia men and women each had one scorer at this year's NCAAs.
Junior Nikola Lomnicka, who was the defending NCAA champion in the hammer throw, let go of a season-best mark of 212 feet, 10 inches on her third attempt to finish third. After opening at 193-9, Lomnicka hit her top mark on her third attempt.
The Lady Bulldogs have now earned at least one All-America certificate in the hammer throw for six out of the last eight seasons. Lomnicka also watched her older brother, Virginia Tech's Marcel Lomnicky, finish second in the men's hammer during the NCAA meet.
Also on Friday, junior Michael Ayers earned his third All-America certificate in the decathlon after taking sixth with a career-best 7,903 points. His personal-best score, which improved his No. 2 spot in the school record books, took three days to complete because of weather delays.
His score of 7,903 in this year's decathlon is the most points that have ever been scored by a sixth-place finisher at the NCAA Championships. In fact, the score Ayers compiled in 2011 would have earned runner-up honors in 2010, won the 2006 NCAA title and been no less than fourth over the past five seasons.
Full results and recaps from each day's action at the NCAA Championships will be located at georgiadogs.com.
$ - All-American; % - season-best mark