Jan. 21, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia redshirt freshman Leontia Kallenou was named the Southeastern Conference Women’s Freshman of the Week following the Auburn Indoor Invitational, according to a league announcement on Tuesday.
Kallenou, a native of Nicosia, Cyprus, cleared a personal-best height of 6 feet, 2 inches in the high jump on her opening attempt to be the top collegiate finisher (second overall). In fact, all four of the heights she reached were first attempt clearances.
This is the second-best mark nationally in 2013 and tops in the SEC. Kallenou’s height is also No. 3 on Georgia’s all-time top-10 list and best since 2008. In the first indoor collegiate meet of her career, Kallenou was only topped at the meet by former Lady Bulldog Levern Spencer (6-3.25), who set the school record of 6-2.75 five years ago.
Kallenou sat out the 2013 indoor season while recovering from an injury. She competed for Georgia outdoors and was a First Team All-American after taking fourth at last year’s NCAA Outdoor Championships with a personal-best mark of 6-1.50.
Georgia will go in a pair of directions this coming weekend. Some team members will travel to the site of this year's NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., for the Cherry and Silver Collegiate Invitational starting on Friday. Others will go to Nashville, Tenn., to compete in the Commodores' brand new indoor facility for the Vanderbilt Indoor Invitational, which is also a Friday-Saturday meet.