Georgia's Maicel Uibo Surges Into Lead At NCAA Championships
March 14, 2014
**Full release to come after the conclusion of events on Friday**
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Georgia sophomore Maicel Uibo jumped into the heptathlon lead on the fourth and final event of the day at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., on Friday.
Uibo scored a personal-best day one total of 3,358 points to lead Arkansas' Kevin Lazas (3,315) and Duke's Curtis Beach (3,310) going into the last three events. Lazas was the 2013 champion while Beach, an Albuquerque native, won the 2012 national title.
Georgia has competitors left in the women's pole vault (Morgann Leleux), women's long jump (Chanice Porter), women's mile semifinal (Carly Hamilton) and women's 800-meter semifinal (Megan Malasarte) on Friday.
Uibo, a native of Polva, Estonia, starts day two in the heptathlon's fifth event, the 60 hurdles, at 1 p.m. ET. Georgia's three pentathletes - senior Lucie Ondraschkova, junior Quintunya Chapman and freshman Kendell Williams - begin their first of five events with the 60 hurdles at 1:45 p.m.
Georgia starts its opening events on Saturday with junior Nick Vena in the men's shot put and redshirt freshman Leontia Kallenou in the women's high jump at 5:30 p.m. Vena was the 16th and final competitor to get invited to Nationals after battling an illness the second half of the season while Kallenou shares the national lead in her event with a mark of 6 feet, 2 ¾ inches.
ESPN3.com will stream the NCAA Indoor Championships live on Friday at 7:55 p.m. and on Saturday starting at 7:50 p.m. A tape delay of the NCAA Championships will air on ESPNU on March 22 starting at 6:30 p.m.
After drawing a warning for a false start, Uibo clocked a personal-best time of 7.16 to take fourth in the first 60 heat and 11th overall to start his day. This trimmed .03 off his time at last year's Nationals and gave him 826 points to start the day.
Uibo returned 30 minutes later to establish his second personal best, this time in the long jump. He traveled 24-2.25 on his second attempt to take third overall for 903 points, before also having a 24-foot jump on his third try.
In the shot put, Uibo went just over 43 feet on his first throw before taking a foul on his second attempt. He responded by recording the second-best performance of his career with a third throw that measured 45-2.25. Uibo vaulted to fourth in the overall standings after adding 714 more points to his total.
Uibo posted the second No. 2 outing of his career in the high jump and managed to temporarily set a meet record in the process. He reached a season-best mark of 6-11.50 on his second try as he and three other competitors passed current Bulldog Garrett Scantling and two other former meet record holders in the event by. Uibo scored his final 915 points of the day with his mark to move into the lead.
Michigan State's Kurt Schneider and Arizona's Pau Tonneson ended up cleared 7-0.50 minutes later to create a new top mark in the NCAA record books as Schneider took top honors.
Uibo was ranked fourth on the national performance list coming into the meet with 5,859 points after winning an SEC title in the event two weeks ago. Last year, Uibo was fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships thanks to seven personal bests at the meet, including his final score of 5,975.
Results and recaps from the NCAA Indoor Championships will be found at georgiadogs.com. Updates about all Bulldog track and field news can be found on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.
*personal-best mark; ^season-best mark
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