May 12, 2012
BATON ROUGE --- Georgia freshman Allison Updike locked down the javelin title in her first trip to the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships under overcast skies in Baton Rouge on Saturday afternoon.
The Nesquehoning, Pa., native reached 161 feet, 2 inches on her third throw to outdo LSU's Annie Simoneaux (157-11), who briefly took the lead after the second round of throws. The Lady Bulldogs have now captured six out of the last 11 championships in the event with the last one coming in 2007 as Krista Woodward won the fourth of her career.
Also of note, senior Colleen Felix tallied a third-place finish for Georgia in this year's competition with a season-best throw of 149-8.
"It's an honor to win an SEC title in my first year," said Updike. "I didn't do the best I've done or come out like I wanted to, but it's a win. I'm happy to be here and it really feels great finishing first."
Updike arrived at Georgia after having to sit out her senior season at Tamaqua High School after suffering a knee injury during the offseason. But in 2012, she has moved to fifth on Georgia's all-time top-10 list with a top mark of 167 feet and is 12th on this year's national performance list.
"I have been working hard since day one at Georgia; doing ball throws, lifting and working with Coach (Don) Babbitt on my runway approach," said Updike. "I still don't have things perfect but I feel like I have come a long way. Coach (Wayne) Norton always talks about the team spirit and I always want to help out the team and be a contributor."
With Updike's, the Lady Bulldogs have jumped out to a 42-25 lead over meet host LSU with Arkansas holding down third place with 18 points. Georgia now has three SEC individual champions at the meet with senior Nikola Lomnicka winning the hammer throw and senior Kristie Krueger finishing first in the 10,000-meter run.
Competition continues in Baton Rouge all day on Saturday. Live results and recaps from the action can be found at georgiadogs.com.