April 15, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia junior Garrett Scantling and true freshman Kendell Williams have each been named the Southeastern Conference Field Athlete of the Week, according to a league announcement on Tuesday.
Scantling, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., garnered the SEC Men’s Co-Field Athlete of the Week while Williams, a native of Marietta, Ga., was honored as the SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week following their performances at the Bulldog Decathlon and Heptathlon in Athens.
Scantling returned after redshirting the 2014 indoor season and won the Bulldog Decathlon with a career-best 8,169 points during a dominating performance in his home facility. His score is leading the nation, is ranked third in the world and is No. 2 in the school record books behind teammate Maicel Uibo, who scored 8,123 points in this past weekend’s competition for second place.
Scantling highlighted his performance by winning the javelin with the 10th-best mark (218 feet, 9 inches) in school history. His older brother, Hunter, was also in attendance to see Garrett compete at the collegiate level for the first time since Hunter has been in the MLB minor league system for the last three years.
Williams shattered the American Junior (5,678, Ellannee Richardson, 1999), US Junior (5,754, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, 1981) and Spec Towns Track facility (5,701, Lucie Ondraschkova, 2013) records to win the Bulldog Heptathlon. Her score of 6,018 leads the NCAA this year by more than 300 points.
Williams’ score from her first collegiate heptathlon is currently ranked No. 2 in the 2014 world rankings. She jumpstarted her heptathlon by winning the first two events with UGA’s third-best 100-meter hurdles time (13.32) in history and a mark of six feet in the high jump, which is tied for third on the Lady Bulldogs’ all-time top-10 list.
Georgia splits up this weekend. Eighteen distance runners and throwers are scheduled to travel to Walnut, Calif., for the Mt. SAC Relays. Another group will make the trip to Auburn, Ala., for the War Eagle Invitational.
Results and recaps from Georgia’s meets will be located at georgiadogs.com. Updates about all Bulldog track and field news can be found on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.