May 11, 2012
BATON ROUGE --- Georgia senior Nikola Lomnicka captured her third consecutive hammer throw title at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships during windy, rainy conditions in Baton Rouge on Friday.
The Nitra, Slovakia, native launched a season-best throw of 205 feet, 9 inches to top LSU's Brieanna Kennedy (195-6), who came into the meet with the league's longest throw in 2012. Only Florida's Candice Scott (2002-04) has matched Lomnicka with three SEC hammer championships as the Georgia women have now won eight titles since the event started in the conference in 1997.
"It feels great to win my third title and I am happy that it means 10 points for Georgia," said Lomnicka. "It's nice to get a `w' at my last SEC meet. I had a season-best mark but I also had a much longer foul on my sixth throw which gives me confidence for Nationals."
Lomnicka, who was in the second of two flights, had to wait an extra 30 minutes to throw on Friday after a lightning delay at the Bernie Moore Track & Field Stadium. There was steady rain and wind throughout the morning competition.
"I don't mind throwing in the rain because it usually make the throwing circle faster," said Lomnicka, who also had two other throws in her series that measured at least 201 feet. "But LSU's circle is fast even when it's not raining so it took me until my final throw to know what speed I should turn."
With Lomnicka's victory in the first scoring event of the women's competition, the Lady Bulldogs are in second place in the team standings with 10 points behind LSU (14), who had the second- and third-place finishers.
Competition continues in Baton Rouge all day on Friday. Live results and recaps from the action can be found at georgiadogs.com.