Senior Kristie Krueger was fourth in the 5000m at the 2012 SEC Indoor Championships and will open her final indoor collegiate season at the Razorback Invitational.
Jan. 24, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia's track and field teams travel on Thursday to the site of this year's Southeastern Conference and NCAA meets for this weekend's Razorback Invitational.
The Bulldogs and the 16th-ranked Georgia women are scheduled to travel 49 student-athletes to Fayetteville, Ark., for the meet that runs from Friday afternoon to Saturday evening.
"It's important that we see two things in this meet," said Georgia head coach Wayne Norton. "Number one: the young athletes who started their careers last week should show some immediate improvement, which will indicate that they can and will be factors in the SEC this season. And number two: our top returners and newcomers have, as the saying goes, 'hit the ground running.'
"The top people have to establish themselves right away as SEC and NCAA contenders in their respective events. Whatever they are going to be needs to be revealed early and then they need to improve on that. Of course, if these two things happen, Georgia has a chance to be a good team during the indoor season."
Senior Lucie Ondraschkova, who suffered a season-ending injury in the 2012 indoor season opener, will be competing in her first pentathlon of the year. She starts at 2 p.m. ET on Friday with the 60-meter hurdles, which is the meet's first event, and will wrap up with the 800 later in the afternoon.
Sophomore Garrett Scantling and freshmen Maicel Uibo and Devon Williams will open for the Bulldogs in the heptathlon at 2:15 p.m. The heptathletes will finish four of seven events on Friday before completing the final three on Saturday. Four Georgia throwers will be the first ones to compete in an individual event as the men's shot put is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on Friday.
The Bulldogs have had recent success in the heptathlon at the Razorback Invitational. 2012 senior Cory Holman set a school record by scoring 5,809 points to take third in the multi-events last season thanks to three career-best efforts. Holman went on to top his school record two more times, finishing with a sixth-place finish and All-American honors at the NCAA Championships with 5,873 points.
After returning from this trip to Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track, Georgia will return with the rest of the teams from the league to the SEC Indoor Championships (Feb. 22-24) and the NCAA Indoor Championships (March 8-9).
Nine of Georgia's current indoor school records along with a host of SEC individual titles and All-America certificates all originated in the Razorbacks' facility, and Norton said that success in the past carries over year after year.
"Arkansas' track and field facility is considered one of the best, if not the best, in the world so it is always a great venue for a meet," Norton said. "Several times since it opened in 2000 we have had the SEC and NCAA meets there the same year. And the Tyson Invitational in February is a meet that we have had immense success over the years. We have fond memories on that track in those three meets so we always look forward to any opportunity to get onto that track to compete."
Georgia opened the 2013 season last weekend in Birmingham, Ala., at the Auburn Invitational. Sophomore Morgann Leleux cleared 13 feet, 11 ¼ inches to win the pole vault and move to No. 4 on the national list (No. 2 in the SEC). Leleux was the runner-up at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor meets last year.
True freshman Chanice Porter, who was named the SEC Freshman of the Week, made her debut by winning the long jump with a mark of 20-4.25. Porter is currently ranked second in the league and third nationally.
Fellow newcomer Nick Vena, who is a sophomore transfer from Virginia, lifted the SEC's longest and the nation's sixth-longest shot put attempt of the year (61-4.25) to win his event at the Auburn Invitational.
Live results during the Razorback Invitational and a recap following each day of action will be found at georgiadogs.com.