Freshman Shaunae Miller
April 15, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- A pair of true freshmen Georgia track and field team members have swept the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Athlete of the Week Awards.
Maicel Uibo, a native of Polva, Estonia, has been named the National Division I Male Athlete of the Week. Shaunae Miller, a native of Nassau, Bahamas, has been honored as the women’s recipient following the Bulldog Decathlon and Spec Towns National Team Invitational in Athens over the weekend.
This marks the first time the Bulldogs have garnered one of these honors. The USTFCCCA began awarding these honors during the 2013 indoor season.
"It is a great testimony to our recruiting last year to have freshmen from the same school recognized nationally," Georgia head coach Wayne Norton said. "I look forward to seeing their success during the remainder of the spring."
Uibo completed his first collegiate decathlon by breaking an 11-year-old school record with a world-leading tally of 8,223 points. This Olympic A-standard and World IAAF Championships qualifying score is No. 11 on the all-time NCAA list and eighth for a non-wind-aided score.
Uibo highlighted his 10 events by winning four of them, including the long jump and the discus. In the long jump, Uibo soared 25 feet, 8 inches, which is ranked eighth nationally and sixth in school history with the best effort for the Bulldogs since 1998. His discus mark of 161-3 topped the rest of the field by more than 30 feet.
Miller opened her outdoor career in the 200-meter dash and left with the nation’s fastest time this year. She clocked a 22.41 to win by more than a half second with the fastest wind-aided (3.1 wind) time in the world this year and second fastest overall. This is the third-fastest time in school history and the fastest for the Georgia women since 1999.
Miller also ran the third leg on the winning 4x100 relay team as the Lady Bulldogs finished in 44.25. This is the 12th-best time in the nation this year and the fastest for the Georgia women in the last eight seasons.
Georgia returns to action at the War Eagle Invitational in Auburn, Ala., and the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., late this week and weekend.