Leontia Kallenou won the Georgia Invitational with a career-best mark of 6 ft., 3 1/4 in. despite no other competitors clearing 6 feet.
May 13, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia’s track and field teams finished their regular season with a flurry of weekly awards following the Georgia Invitational, according to announcement from the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday.
True freshman Kendell Williams has been named the SEC Women’s Runner of the Week and the Freshman of the Week, sophomore Leontia Kallenou has been named the SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week and true freshman Alex Poursanidis has been named the SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week.
These honors came on the heels of the Bulldogs recording 12 wins, a national-leading mark in the women’s high jump and a school record for the Lady Bulldogs in the 100-meter hurdles.
Williams, a native of Marietta, ran the 100 hurdles for only the second time in her collegiate career and finished with a school record time of 13.06 to win the Georgia Invitational. The heptathlete bested the former record time of 13.10 set by open hurdler Gudrun Arnardottir at the 1996 NCAA Championships.
Williams’ finish is the fourth-best time in the SEC this year, is tied for 12th nationally and is also tied for the best time for a freshman in the country. She set collegiate and World Junior records in the pentathlon during her run to the 2014 NCAA title earlier this year.
Kallenou, a native of Nicosia, Cyprus, jumped for only the second time this season and exploded for a career-best mark of 6 feet, 3 ¼ inches, which set a Cyprus Senior national record, to win the high jump. Her second attempt clearance shot her to the top of the national performance list, moved her to No. 2 in the school record books (behind the school record of 6-4.25 set in 2007) and tied her at the No. 7 spot in the world this year.
Kallenou has won four consecutive meets, bridging back to her victories at the 2014 SEC and NCAA indoor meets.
Poursanidis, a native of Paphos, Cyprus, posted the second-best performance of his career to be the top collegiate finisher (second overall) in the hammer. He launched a throw that measured 213-3 to edge his freshman teammate Alex Larsson.
Poursanidis is ranked third in the SEC, No. 12 nationally and has the second-best mark of any freshman nationally.
The Bulldogs have groups leaving on Tuesday and Wednesday for the conference meet in Lexington, Ky. Competition starts on Thursday and continues through Sunday.
Results and recaps from the SEC Championships will be located at georgiadogs.com. Updates about all Bulldog track and field news can be found on Twitter at @UGA_XCTF.