Freshman sprinter and 2012 Olympian Shaunae Miller headlines the Lady Bulldogs' 2013 signing class.
Jan. 4, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia track and field women’s team has the nation’s fourth-best 2013 recruiting class, according to Track & Field News’ annual list.
This marks the best ranking for the program in school history as the Lady Bulldogs are coming off their first trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championships in five years this past fall. The Georgia women had a top-25 finish at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships (tied for 21st) and were in the top 30 at last season’s NCAA indoor meet (tied for 28th).
The Lady Bulldogs are one of three teams from the Southeastern Conference on the publication’s top-10 list, including SEC newcomer Texas A&M who is holding down the top spot.
Four of the 10 teams on the men’s side are also from the SEC. The Florida State men came out with the top-ranked class.
"This was definitely one of our best recruiting classes,” said Georgia head coach Wayne Norton. “There have been some other classes that were not as highly decorated but that actually ended up doing some great things for us. Our coaches did a good job in bringing in some very good women recruits who have the potential to make major contributions right away.
“One of the things I like most about the class is that several different events are represented. So there is some quality, some depth and some diversity. We acknowledge the recruiting class now but we can't celebrate it until the 2013 and 2014 championship meet results are in."
Bahamian Shaunae Miller, who competed at the 2012 Olympics and is a former World Junior 400-meter dash champion, highlights the Lady Bulldogs’ signing class. She is joined by All-American sprinter Myasia Jacobs and Rashan Brown, another native of the Bahamas who has a junior national championship on her resume, on the track.
The Georgia women also have a host of scoring weapons arriving in the field events. A native of Hampshire, England, Freya Jones has a personal-best mark of 173 feet, 3 inches in the javelin and holds the Junior and Intermediate Championships record. Jamaican jumper Chanice Porter and high jumper Leontia Kallenou, who hails from Cyprus, Greece, also helped the Lady Bulldogs grab the country’s fourth-best recruiting ranking.
Georgia opens its 2013 indoor season in Birmingham, Ala., at the Auburn Invitational. The Bulldogs start the outdoor season at home with the Georgia Relays on March 15-16.
Here is a list of Georgia’s newcomers for the 2013 season:
Amber Bryant-Brock, Rashan Brown, Victoria Coppage, Rachel Doverspike, Myasia Jacobs, Freya Jones, Leontia Kallenou, Lauren Kelly, Shaunae Miller, Chanice Porter, Sage Proffitt, Molly Schenck, Elizabeth Tepe, Briana Vaughn