Freshman Shaunae Miller has raced in the 400m one time in her career and set the school record.
Feb. 5, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia true freshman Shaunae Miller has been named the Southeastern Conference Women's Freshman of the Week following her performance at the Akron Invitational, according to a league announcement.
This marks the third consecutive week that the Lady Bulldogs have won this league honor. Fellow true freshman Chanice Porter, who won her third straight meet in the long jump over the weekend, garnered the award the past two weeks.
Miller, a native of Nassau, Bahamas, left the school record behind in the 400-meter dash during her first collegiate race in the event to win. Miller sped to a mark of 52.96, finishing more than two seconds ahead of the competition, to top UGA's previous school record time of 53.19 set 17 years ago (Gudrun Arnardottir).
Miller's finish is the fourth best in the NCAA this season (top by a freshman) and is 22nd on the current IAAF world list (top by a Bahamian). She returned to race in her first collegiate 200 and won with the sixth-best time in Georgia history (23.99). This meet marked only the second time in her life that Miller had competed indoors.
Georgia splits its team to travel to a pair of weekend meets that are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. A majority of the team will travel to Blacksburg, Va., for the VT Elite Meet. The distance runners are headed to Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Classic.