Senior Cory Holman was one of four Georgia team members to earn First Team All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
March 12, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) have officially awarded nine Georgia track and field team members 10 All-America certificates following the weekend's NCAA Indoor Championships, according to an announcement on Monday.
Freshman Morgann Leleux led the way for the four Bulldogs who earned First Team All-American honors. The New Iberia, La., native cleared a career-best height of 14 feet, 5 ¼ inches to finish second in the pole vault finals and score all eight points for the Lady Bulldogs. The Georgia women finished tied for 28th, which is their best finish since taking fourth in 2007.
Seniors Aaron Evans, Cory Holman and Torrin Lawrence also brought First Team honors back to Athens. Evans, a Devonshire, Bermuda, native who was seeded ninth coming into the meet, managed a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run after clocking a 1:48.95. This is Evans' second First Team All-America certificate after he finished third at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Holman used a personal-best effort of 14-9 in the pole vault to help him set a new school record in the heptathlon. The Huber Heights, Ohio, native finished sixth in the competition with a career-high 5,873 points in the highest scoring heptathlon in NCAA history. In fact, Holman's score would have given him a third-place finish six out of the last eight NCAA Championships and a runner-up finish in 2008.
Senior Torrin Lawrence locked down the fourth First Team honor of his career and third in the 400. The Jacksonville, Fla., native finished eighth in the 400 finals with a time of 47.42 after recording a finish of 46.19 during the prelims.
Two Lady Bulldogs finished with Second Team honors while four Georgia men accounted for the other Second Team All-America certificates in a relay. Junior Saniel Atkinson cleared 5-8.75 to tie for 11th in the high jump and senior Colleen Felix was 15th in the triple jump (38-4.75).
Lawrence, senior Phillip Adams, freshman Chris Foster and sophomore Waymon Storey also combined to take 10th in the 4x400 relay (3:11.44) and each earn an All-America certificate. The Bulldog foursome topped the school record with a time of 3:06.97 to take second at the SEC Championships and punch their ticket to the national meet.
The Bulldogs open the outdoor season at home at the Spec Towns Track with the Georgia Relays on March 23-24. Georgia returns to its facility for the Spec Towns National Team Invitational, which starts out with a decathlon on April 12 and runs through April 14.