Junior Aaron Evans
March 10, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- Six members from Georgia's track and field teams travel to College Station, TX., today for this weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships.
Juniors Colleen Felix and Latroya Darrell (triple jump), sophomore Saniel Atkinson (high jump) and sophomore Lucie Ondraschkova (pentathlon) have qualified from the women's team for the NCAA meet, which will be on Friday and Saturday.
The NCAA Championships will air on tape-delay on Wednesday, March 16 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on ESPN2. ESPN3.com will stream live portions of the event with NCAA.com streaming the remainder:
Friday, March 11: 11 a.m. ET - 4:55 p.m. (NCAA.com)/4:55 p.m. - 9:40 p.m. (ESPN3)
Saturday, March 12: 1 p.m. - 5:55 p.m. (NCAA.com)/6 p.m. - 8:50 p.m. (ESPN3)
"We go into the NCAA Championships with plans to continue the performances that certain individuals have had over the last four weeks or so," said head coach Wayne Norton. "If individually each person continues at the level they have been or improves, we can have a successful meet even though we do not have a large number of qualifiers. Usually the eventual national champions are ranked in the top five going into the meet. And we have two people in that position."
Felix and Lawrence both qualified automatically for NCAAs and are in that top five. Felix captured the first Southeastern Conference indoor triple jump title for Georgia since 1995 and was the first SEC indoor champion of any kind for the Lady Bulldogs since 2007 when she won in Fayetteville, Ark. She is third on the national performance list with her career-best jump of 44 feet, 3 ½ inches from SECs. Felix is only four inches from tying the school record in the event.
Felix will compete at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Lawrence, who is the defending NCAA indoor 400 champion, has clocked automatic qualifying times of 45.82 twice this year, which puts him at No. 4 on the current world list. Before his third-place finish in the finals at the SEC Championships this year, Lawrence had won 12 straight head-to-head 400 races dating back to the first meet of his career as a freshman.
He runs in the prelims at 6:15 p.m. on Friday.
Evans will be looking to answer his third-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships and runner-up finish at this year's SEC indoor meet in the 800. The Bermuda native set a school record at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., earlier this season with a time of 1:48.07. He stands 16th on the national performance list as the top 14 all have sub-1:48 times. Evans will run in the 800 prelims at 7:15 p.m. on Friday.
Atkinson propelled herself into the field with a breakout performance at SECs. Also taking sixth in the triple jump, Atkinson cleared a personal-best 5-11.50 in the high jump on her second attempt to take fourth at the conference meet. She is one of eight competitors nationwide who has reached a mark of 5-11.50, which is the 11th-best height in the NCAA this year.
Atkinson will jump at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
Ondraschkova tallied the most points of her career (3,995) to finish second in the pentathlon at the SEC Championships. She competed in the heptathlon at the 2010 NCAA outdoor meet as a freshman and will now be aiming to score for the first time at Nationals as she enters the meet ranked 12th in the nation.
The pentathletes will start their first event at 11 a.m. on Friday and complete all five later that day.
The Lady Bulldogs' final qualifier is Darrell, who is coming off of a fourth-place finish (42-0.50) in the triple jump at the SEC Championships. Darrell registered the eighth-best effort in school history (42-6) to take fifth at the Virginia Tech Elite meet in early February. She is tied at 14th on the national performance list going into this weekend and will join Felix in the triple jump field at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Thanks to Lawrence's 400 title last year, the Georgia men tie for 20th at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships while the Lady Bulldogs tied for 42nd.
Nikola Lomnicka, who is redshirting the indoor season as she recovers from a knee injury, finished fifth in the weight throw at NCAAs.
Kristie Krueger was Georgia's third All-American at last year's indoor meet (mile) and is also redshirting the season with an injury.
Live results and recaps from the NCAA Championships will be located at georgiadogs.com. ###