Freshman Chris Foster was a part of the ninth-fastest 4x400 relay finish in school history over the weekend.
Feb. 7, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia freshmen Morgann Leleux and Chris Foster have received weekly Southeastern Conference honors following their performances at the Virginia Tech Elite meet in Blacksburg, Va., according to a league announcement.
Leleux (pronounced luh-luh) was named the SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week for the second time this season and also earned the SEC Co-Women’s Field Athlete of the Week. Foster garnered SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week honors for the first time in his career.
Leleux, a native of New Iberia, La., left her previous personal best of 13 feet, 8 ½ inches far behind after clearing a career-best height of 14-4.50 on her first attempt to win the pole vault with an NCAA automatic qualifying mark (one of only four in the country) at the Virginia Tech meet.
The true freshman was named the meet’s Outstanding Women’s Performer after cruising past the former meet record of 14-1.25. Leleux shot to No. 2 on the Lady Bulldogs’ all-time top-10 list with the best mark for the program in the last 11 years. She trails only Arkansas’ Tina Sutej (14-7.25) in both the SEC and NCAA standings for this season.
Foster, a Marietta native, sped to his third straight collegiate personal-best time in the 400-meter dash (48.10) to take second at the Virginia Tech meet. The Walton High School graduate then joined a freshman teammate, Drew Branch, along with sophomore Waymon Storey and senior Torrin Lawrence to clock a season-best 4x400 time of 3:09.88 to win as Florida, the second-place competitor, finished almost three seconds behind.
This 4x400 time is the 16th best in the nation this year and the ninth-fastest time for the Bulldogs in program history.
Members of Georgia’s teams split squads for the coming weekend as some travel to Fayetteville, Ark., for the Tyson Invitational, Clemson, S.C., for the Tiger Paw Invitational and Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Results and recaps from both days will be located at georgiadogs.com.