Feb. 3, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia track and field program signed five student-athletes during the first couple of days in its signing period, according to an announcement from head coach Wayne Norton.
The Lady Bulldogs added World Junior sprint champion Shaunae Miller, who is from the Bahamas, distance standout and Pope High School product Molly Schenck as well as New Balance national champion and New Jersey native Myasia Jacobs.
The Georgia men welcome a decathlete from Estonia named Maicel Uibo and another versatile talent from Kell High school named Devon Williams.
“We are excited about the first five signees to this year's class. The good news is that our recruiting continues; the bad news is the same because it is basically a year-round endeavor and the coaches never have time off from recruiting,” said Norton, who has until August to complete the team’s signing period. “We will probably continue to sign people over the next couple of days, weeks and months.”
Here is a breakdown of Georgia’s five signees so far:
St. Augustine’s College – Nassau, Bahamas
High School: Won a Gold medal in the 400-meter dash for her native Bahamas at the 2011 IAAF World Youth Championships in France after clocking a personal-best 51.84…Her time of 51.84 topped her own former National Junior Record of 51.85 set at the BAAA Nationals a week before…Captured a Gold medal in the 400 at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada…Finished first in the 400 at the 2010 Carifta Games after setting a meet record with a time of 53.37…Won the Central American & Caribbean (CAC) Junior Championships in Santo Domingo after finishing in 53.39…Personal-best times of 11.57 (100) and 23.7 (200)…Named the Female Rising Star by the Caribbean Track Life International Online Magazine…Member of Bahamas Speed Dynamics.
Norton comment on Miller: “Shaunae is simply the number one recruit in her event in the world. She has the potential to be an NCAA scorer in her first year of competition. Coach (George) Cleare is to be commended for attracting a runner of Shaunae’s caliber. She is someone we can build around and develop a strong sprint corps.”
Pope HS (Ga.)
High School: Earned 2011-12 GHSA AAAA All-State cross country honors after finishing second at the state meet…Finished 47th (18:19.00) at the 2011 Foot Locker South Regionals…All-State on the track in both the 1600 and the 3200 and Region 5-AAAA champion in the 1600…Personal-best times of 5:17.82 (1600), 11:59.20 (3000), 11:28.06 (3200) and 18:02.73 (5000)…Won the region cross country title as a senior and a junior…Named to All-Cobb County, Atlanta Track Club Footlocker Team Georgia and Atlanta Track Club All-Metro teams…Also named to 2010-11 and 2009-10 cross country All-State teams… Named Cobb XC Runner of the Year.
Norton comment on Schenck: “Coach (Jeff) Pigg and I expect Molly to add quality depth to our cross country group as we continue to attract the best in-state distances runners. She will fit right in and be an exemplary student-athlete.”
Paramus Catholic HS (N.J.)
High School: Won an AAU national championship in the 100-meter dash…Claimed the 2011 New Balance national championship in the 60…Indoor state group champion in the 55 and the 400…Finished second in the 100 and third in the 200 for All-American honors at the 2010 New Balance Outdoor Nationals…Earned All-American honors after taking sixth at the 2009 Nike Indoor Nationals…Finished second at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore…Won back-to-back state titles in the 100 and 200 in 2009 and 2010…Personal-best times of 11.44 (100), 23.73 (200), 39.91 (300), 56.48 (400). 6.84 (55) and 7.34 (60)…Named Athlete of the Year as a sophomore.
Norton comment on Jacobs: “Myasia is the best sprinter up in the Northeast and is likely to continue to get better. Along with Miller, she represents a big part of our future in the sprints. We look forward to adding at least one more to that group.”
High School: Competed at the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships and finished 10th in the high jump….Personal-best marks of: 11.30 (100-meter dash), 23 feet, 10 inches (long jump), 6-10.25 (high jump), 53.30 (400), 15.16 (110 hurdles), 15-5 (pole vault), 45-11.25 (shot put-6kg), 136-5 (discus-1.75kg), 193-3 (javelin) and 7,480 points (decathlon).
Norton comment on Uibo: “He is a good young athlete who will give us some help in the decathlon next year when we will be without current seniors Cory Holman and Michael Ayers. As an experienced decathlete, he will not have to do a lot of learning but he can rather focus on developing. Coach (Petros) Kyprianou will do a great job with Maicel because of that experience he will be bringing in as an athlete.
And coming into the SEC decathlon wars will be like jumping right into a fire because the SEC has some of the best decathlon athletes in the country. A lot will be expected of him and I think he will be up to the challenge.”
Kell HS (Ga.)
High School: Finished second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.52) and third in the 300 hurdles (38.8) at the 2011 GHSA AAAA state championship…Won the octathlon at the 2011 World Youth Track & Field Trials after scoring 5,332 points…Personal-best marks of: 2:57.11 (1000), 11.41 (100), 14.46 (110 hurdles), 4:58.45 (1500), 22.99 (200), 38.80 (300 hurdles), 56.01 (400 hurdles), 51.37 (400), 7.55 (55 hurdles), 8.14 (60 hurdles), 103-9 (discus), 5,954 pts. (decathlon), 6-0.75 (high jump), 22-0.25 (long jump), 3,102 pts. (pentathlon), 10-7.50 (pole vault) and 38-11 (shot put)…Won the long jump at the KTC Indoor Classic…Finished second at the Clemson Invitational in the 55 hurdles with his personal-best 7.55.
Norton comment on Williams: “Devon will be a developmental project for us in the decathlon. He is a big, strong, athletic young man similar to our current freshman Garrett Scantling. Coach Kyprianou will turn him into a true decathlete. Along with Garrett and Maicel, we will have a promising future in the event.”
Georgia’s current team traveled to Blacksburg, Va., on Thursday and Friday for the Virginia Tech Elite meet that runs on Friday and Saturday.