Bulldog head coach Wayne Norton is putting together an exceptional 2012 recruiting class, led by World Junior champion Shaunae Miller.
Feb. 17, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia track and field program has added four more signees to the five student-athletes who inked their names earlier in the signing period, according to an announcement from head coach Wayne Norton.
The Lady Bulldogs added a pair of talented in-state distance runners – Madalyn Walters and Lauren Kelly - to their roster. The Georgia men received National Letters of Intent from a duo of the state’s best sprinters in Michael Newton and Ayrian Evans.
During the first week of February, the Georgia men welcomed a decathlete from Estonia named Maicel Uibo and another versatile talent from Kell High school named Devon Williams while the Lady Bulldogs added World Junior sprint champion Shaunae Miller, distance standout and Pope High School product Molly Schenck as well as New Balance national champion and New Jersey native Myasia Jacobs.
Here is a breakdown of Georgia’s nine signees so far:
Four Newest Signees
Dawson County HS (Ga.)
High School: Finished second in the 1600-meter run (a career-best 5:21.75) and the 3200 at the 2011 GHSA AA state meet…Had a personal-best time of 18:33.00 in the 5000 to take 62nd at the 2011 Foot Locker South Regionals…Took fourth (19:42.73) at the 2011 GHSA state cross country meet after winning the Region 8-AA Championship…Personal-best time of 11:43.43 (3200)…Finished third at the 2011 Georgia Invitational in Athens…Earned runner-up honors at the 2010 USATF Georgia Association Cross Country Championships.
Norton comment on Walters: “Madalyn is a typical cross country signee for us in that she is good student, a good runner and she will continue to improve and help us solidify our women’s distance group.”
Peachtree Ridge HS (Ga.)
High School: Finished fourth at the 2011 GHSA AAAAA state championship in both the 1600-meter run and the 3200 with career-best times…Was also fourth at the 2010 state cross country championships…Won the 1600 at the region track meet while earning runner-up honors in the 3200…Personal-best times of 5:09.67 (1600), 11:17.71 (3200) and 18:46.11 (5000)…Finished third at the Gwinnett County Championships in the 5000 with the fastest time of her career….Took fifth in the 5000 at the Georgia Invitational in Athens.
Norton comment on Kelly: “Lauren is a runner who ran her fastest times last season in her final meet of the year. So she was getting better just as the season ended. With her entire senior season of track upcoming, she has a chance to improve her times by quite a bit more and possibly be the top runner in the state of Georgia.”
Sprayberry HS (Ga.)
High School: Won the 400-meter dash (a season-best 48.95) and took second in the 200 (a season-best 22.24) at the Clemson Invitational…Captured the 400 title at the 2011 GHSA AAAA state meet after finishing in 47.49 and was fourth in the 200…Took eighth at the 2011 New Balance Indoor Nationals in the 400 (48.81) and was 12th at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals with a time of 47.98…Won the 2011 LSU Indoor Classic with a time of 48.99 in the 400…Personal-best times of 10.98 (100), 21.49 (200), 35.77 (300) and 47.15 (400)…Earned runner-up honors at the AAU National JO Qualifier in the 400 (47.37).
Norton comment on Newton: “Coach (Jon) Stuart has Newton ranked as one of three best sprinters in the state of Georgia. I think he can be a 46-second 400 guy this season and be a 45-second relay split for us next year. He is definitely someone who makes us better immediately.”
Morrow HS (Ga.)
High School: Earned runner-up honors in the 200-meter dash (21.64) and the 400 (47.67) and was part of the winning 4x400 relay team at the 2011 GHSA AAAA state meet…Personal-best times of 21.55 (200) and 47.04 (400)…Clocked a 21.56 to win the 200 and a 47.06 to win the 400 at the 2011 Area 6 AAU National JO Qualifier.
Norton comment on Evans: “He is one of a group of very good 400-meter runners in the state of Georgia this year. Coach (Jon) Stuart has done a great job of identifying and recruiting the best that Georgia has to offer in the 400 meters. There are still a couple of guys that we are still trying to get signed. Newton and Evans are the kind of talented runners that end up scoring a lot of points and making the team better.”
First Group Of Five Signees
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 will continue to train this weekend as they prepare for the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships in Lexington, Ky., on February 24-26.