Georgia's Maicel Uibo Wins NCAA Decathlon Title To Highlight Day
June 13, 2014
EUGENE, Ore. --- Georgia started the day with a collegiate record and concluded it with a national title on the second day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., with more than 9,900 fans in the Hayward Field facility on Thursday.
Sophomore Maicel Uibo scored 8,182 points to win the NCAA decathlon title, giving the Bulldogs' their first national crown in the event and first outdoor championship since 2009. Junior Garrett Scantling complemented Uibo's performance by taking fourth in the decathlon with 7,984 points.
True freshman Kendell Williams also set her second career collegiate record (first outdoors) en route to establishing a day one lead in the heptathlon with 3,685 points. Williams ran a 12.99 in the 100-meter hurdles to add her name to the record books.
Williams' score is 34 points behind the top first day score of her career, which turned into an American Junior record score of 6,018. Her junior teammate Quintunya Chapman (3,349) is one spot and just two points out of the top scoring eight.
Thanks to the decathlon boost, the Bulldogs have scored 24 points and are in second in the team standings behind Oregon (26). The Georgia women are in 13th with seven points through two days. Oregon (19) also has the early edge in the women's team race.
First-year freshman Alex Poursanidis also added to the men's point total by taking sixth in the hammer throw thanks to equaling his personal best in the event.
On Friday, Williams and Chapman start day two of the heptathlon on Friday with the long jump at 3:30 p.m. ET. Senior Megan Malasarte also races in the 800 finals on day three at 8:25 p.m. after cruising into the final round on Wednesday.
In the decathlon, Scantling jumpstarted his second day by speeding to a personal best in the 110 hurdles. The Jacksonville, Fla., native won the event with a 14.25, topping the nearest competitor by .31, and added 942 to his total. This shot Scantling to fourth place past Uibo. Uibo was just .01 off his season-best mark in the 110 hurdles with a 15.04 (845) for ninth place.
Uibo surged into third place after taking second overall in the discus for 788 points. Improving on his second and third tries, the Estonia native watched his third throw travel 151 feet, 1 inch. Scantling sandwiched a throw of 135-2 between two fouls to take ninth and score 689 points, which placed him in fourth place.
Uibo crept into second overall following a third-place finish in the decathlon's pole vault. Uibo posted a first-attempt clearance of 16-4.75 for 910 points as only Arkansas' Kevin Lazas and Wisconsin's Zach Ziemek topped his mark. Scantling soared over the bar at 15-5 on his first try for 819 points to keep his spot in fourth overall.
Scantling approached his personal best of 218 feet in the javelin and was second in the event with a mark of 212-2. Uibo also stayed on pace in the race to the decathlon title by taking seventh with a 194-0 mark.
During the final event of the day, Uibo needed to top Texas' Johannes Hock by five seconds in the 1500 to clinch the victory. Uibo ran a 4:29.00 for his final 751 points as Hock finished nine spots behind in the race with a 4:46.83. That marks Uibo's second-best time in his career.
Scantling completed the decathlon with his own dramatic finish to lock down another five points for UGA. He ran a 4:50.81 to take 17th in the 1500 for his final 614 points to hold off Ziemek (4:57.29) by three points. Scantling improved upon his ninth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Poursanidis improved the Bulldogs' point total to nine after taking sixth in the hammer throw. Poursanidis entered the meet by winning the East Regional with a personal-best effort of 227-3 in Jacksonville, Fla. The Paphos, Cyprus, native matched that effort on his second throw on Thursday to become Georgia's fourth scoring All-American in the event since 2009.
Fellow true freshman Alex Larrson missed tying for the final spot in the hammer finals by just seven inches. The Uppsala, Sweden, native reached 210-5 on his third and final throw to take 12th and should be receiving Second Team All-American honors.
During the heptathlon, Williams quickly made her presence known in the heptathlon's first event, the 100 hurdles, by setting an NCAA Championships and collegiate record. The Marietta, Ga., native finished in 12.99, which bested both of the aforementioned 14-year-old records of 13.02 set in 1997 by BYU's Tiffany Lott.
Williams' finish, which earned her 1,126 points, also bested her former school record of 13.06 set in the open hurdles at this year's Georgia Invitational in Athens. She now owns the ninth-fastest World Junior time in history and is the only junior competitor to ever break the 13-second mark.
This is Williams' second collegiate record in her young career. The Kell High School graduate set the collegiate and World Junior record in the pentathlon while claiming the 2014 NCAA title with 4,635 points in Albuquerque during the mid-March meet.
Chapman, who ran four heats before Williams, also established a personal best in the hurdles with a 13.96. This finish earned Chapman 984 points as she wraps up her first year in the heptathlon. Her former personal best in the heptathlon hurdles was 14.21, however she did run an open 13.87 at the Georgia Invitational.
Williams shared the win with Wisconsin's Georgia Ellenwood with a second-attempt clearance of 5-10 for 953 points. Williams posted the same clearance on her way to this year's SEC title. Chapman cleared 5-0.75 on her first try for 701 points, but missed all three attempts at 5-3.
Chapman recovered in the shot put to score 708 points with a victory. She launched her first attempt 41-8.50 to win the competition by eight inches. Williams also had her top effort on her first try (39-0.25) to take 10th in the shot and score 654 points.
Williams clinched her day one lead by clocking a career best in the 200. She ran a 24.30 for runner-up honors to pile up 952 points and shave .02 off her former personal record set during her Southeastern Conference victory. Chapman also did herself a favor by winning the 200 with a 24.26 for 956 points.
In the women's 1500 semifinals, junior Carly Hamilton, a two-time First Team All-American in the mile, ran a 4:21.98 to miss the finals by three spots and take 15th overall. Hamilton took the lead in the opening heat on the second lap but was passed by six competitors in the final straightaway.
The Bulldog 4x400 relay team finished 16th overall in the semifinal round for expected Second Team All-America honors. Sophomore Maurice Freeman, junior Drew Branch, freshman Ayrian Evans and freshman Reggie Glover combined to take sixth in their heat.
Results and recaps from the NCAA Championships will be located at georgiadogs.com. Updates about all Bulldog track and field news can be found on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.
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