Junior Megan Malasarte has run three personal-best 800 meter times in a row between the 2012 outdoor season and the 2013 indoor season.
Feb. 8, 2013
Georgia's track and field teams split this weekend as some of the distance runners traveled to Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Classic and everyone else made the trip to Blacksburg, Va., for the VT Elite Meet. Below are five intriguing things related to the Bulldogs to keep and eye on this weekend . . .
- "Gurshall" Debuts. True freshmen Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley, both Bulldog tailbacks on the football team, will be competing for the first time for Georgia's track team at the VT Elite Meet. Gurley is scheduled to run in the 60-meter hurdle qualifying round at 5:40 p.m. (final at 7:15 p.m.) and Marshall will take the track in the 60m dash qualifying round at 6 p.m. (final at 7:30 p.m.).
- James Back For More. Junior Hilenn James opened her 2013 season by setting a school record in the shot put (55 ft., 1 ½ in.). This marks her only competition so far this year. Currently, James, who was an outdoor All-American last season and was third at the 2012 SEC Indoor Championships, is ranked second in the SEC and is tied for eighth nationally. She will be competing at 2 p.m. Saturday.
- Another Lady Bulldog On The Rise . . . Similar to James, senior Saniel Atkinson-Grier is ranked in the country's top 10 in her respective event. Atkinson-Grier cleared 6 feet in the high jump last weekend. Normally, this mark would put her in the top three or so nationally, but a loaded high jump field has her in a four-way tie for ninth (three-way tie for fourth in the SEC). Atkinson-Grier has jumped 6-2.25 in her career. She jumps at 11 a.m. Saturday.
- What's Happening Out West? Nine of Georgia's premier distance runners traveled to Seattle on Thursday night with hopes of having the success that UGA has had in the past at the Husky Classic. Five different Georgia times run at the 2012 Husky Classic made it into the school's all-time top-10 lists, including a school record in the 800-meter dash by All-American Aaron Evans.
- Malasarte On A Roll. There have been a host of Georgia men and Lady Bulldogs who have proven they are on the rise. Junior Megan Malasarte might be making one of the most convincing arguments if her last three races from the 2012 outdoor season and 2013 indoor season are combined. The Fayetteville, Ga., native topped her own school record in the 800-meter run to advance to the NCAA outdoor finals before setting a new No. 1 mark (2:03.57) in the finals for seventh place and a First Team All-America certificate. Malasarte opened this season by clocking the school's fourth-best time in history (2:07.68) to win the Akron Invitational.