April 19, 2014
**Updated with late results from Friday night**
WALNUT, Calif. --- A pair of Bulldog hammer throwers and several performances in the distances highlighted the first day of the Mt. SAC Relays for members of Georgia’s track and field teams in Walnut, Calif., on Friday.
Action continues at the Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday. Events also start again at the War Eagle Invitational in Auburn, Ala., after thunder and lightning delayed Friday’s portion of the meet.
First-year freshman Asianna Covington set a Canadian Junior record with her performance in the hammer throw. Covington let go of a throw measuring 193 feet, 3 inches, which bested Jennifer Joyce’s former record of 193 feet set in 1999, and gave her a third-place finish at the meet. This improved Covington’s No. 6 mark in the school record books and gave her the fifth-best throw in the SEC this year.
Covington returned in the discus and set another personal best to improve her No. 6 spot on Georgia’s all-time list. She finished her three throws with a mark of 161-3 for 16th place.
Fellow true freshman Alex Larsson hit a mark of 214-5 on his second throw to earn runner-up honors in the hammer. This is the second consecutive meet that the Sweden native has reached 214 feet.
Junior Carly Hamilton also was the third collegiate finisher (11th overall) in the 1500-meter run with a time of 4:15.62. This is the fourth-fastest time in the NCAA this year.
Later in the men’s 5000 Olympic Development Elite race, junior Brandon Lord shaved five seconds off his time at this meet two years ago to take eighth. Lord bettered his No. 4 spot in the Bulldog record books after completing his laps in 13:58.46 and moved into the top three in the conference this year.
Senior Bret McDaniel clocked a career best of her own in the women’s 5000 open race to take over the ninth spot in the school record books. Running in her first race of this distance outdoors at Georgia, McDaniel finished fifth overall after registering a time of 16:34.65.
Sophomore Zack Sims also managed a 10th-place finish in the open 5000 for the men with a personal-best time of his own (14:19.48) while Steven Spevaeck (14:26.03) and Luke Baker (14:33.28) posted significant improvements to their fastest times in another 5000 race.
Late Thursday night, senior Nicole DiMercurio ran a career-best time in the 10,000 to crank up Georgia track and field’s action at the Mt. SAC Relays. DiMercurio, a native of Suwanee, Ga., vaulted from eighth to seventh in the school record books after running a 34:55.81, which is the sixth-best time in the Southeastern Conference this year. DiMercurio finished eighth overall in the race and was the fifth collegiate finisher.
Results and recaps from the Mt. SAC Relays and the War Eagle Invitational will be located at georgiadogs.com. Updates about all Bulldog track and field news can be found on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.