Bulldog Track & Field Prepares For `Most Important Meet'
Senior Saniel Atkinson-Grier is aiming to eclipse 6 feet in the high jump for the first time this season.

Senior Saniel Atkinson-Grier is aiming to eclipse 6 feet in the high jump for the first time this season.
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April 5, 2013

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia's track and field teams rolled into Gainesville, Fla., on Thursday in anticipation for this weekend's Pepsi Florida Relays, which kick off with the collegiate competition on Friday morning.

Junior Hilenn James begins the action for the Bulldogs in the women's discus at noon on Friday.  The Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to have freshman Rashan Brown, sophomore Quintunya Chapman and sophomore Taylor Hollingsworth compete in the 400-meter dash at 1:30 p.m. during the teams' first event on the track.

On Saturday, junior Elizabeth Tepe throws the hammer at 10 a.m. and the Georgia women are planning on fielding a 4x100 team at 2:20 p.m. to start the action on the track during day two.

The Bulldogs traveled 42 team members to the Gators' 69th-annual Florida Relays at the Percy Beard Track.  Many ranked teams will participate at the meet with the Gator men (No. 3) and women (No. 4) along with the No. 6 Florida State, No. 8 Southern California, No. 11 Ole Miss, No. 17 Indiana, No. 23 Baylor and No. 25 Oklahoma State men's teams.  On the women's side, ranked teams include No. 6 Texas, No. 12 UCF, No. 14 Baylor, No. 19 Georgia and No. 25 Southern California.

This marks the fourth outdoor meet of the season with three regular season meets remaining after this weekend.  Georgia, who will host the Spec Towns National Team Invitational next week, opens the postseason in Columbia, Mo., at the Southeastern Conference Championships.

"As long as the climate cooperates, this will be our most important meet of the outdoor season so far," said Bulldog head coach Wayne Norton.  "We simply must begin to establish ourselves in individual events and as teams.  In other words, we need to begin to resemble competitors who can be a factor in the postseason."

As usual, the Bulldogs have dealt with what Mother Nature has given them as far as the weather goes over the last four months.  But as Norton has said, he wants his teams at full strength and approaching postseason form when this meet arrives each year.

"In spite of our injuries, cold training conditions and rainy competitions, April is here and it is time to get moving in the right direction.  The Florida Relays has been the meet over the last three or four years that has really jump-started our outdoor season."

Live results and a recap from each day's action at the Florida Relays will be found at georgiadogs.com.

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