Freshman Maicel Uibo
May 16, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia’s track and field program has declared 26 team members and three relay teams to compete in next weekend’s East Preliminary Round of the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The meet begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 in Greensboro, N.C., at North Carolina A&T State University’s Belk Track and runs through Saturday night at 9:45 p.m. Sophomore Drew Branch starts the action for the Bulldogs in the first round of the 400-meter hurdles on May 23 at 5 p.m.
The following Bulldog men have qualified for the East Prelims: junior Johnathan Smith (100, 200), sophomore Charles Grethen, senior Daniel Grass, freshman Kisean Smith (800), Branch (400 hurdles), men’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, freshman Maurice Freeman (high jump), junior Caleb Whitener, sophomore Nick Vena, freshman Ashinia Miller, senior Petr Novotny (shot put) and junior Burke McCarty (discus).
On the women’s side, the following have qualified: freshman Briana Vaughn, sophomore Tynia Gaither, freshman Myasia Jacobs (100), freshman Shaunae Miller (400), Gaither (200), junior Megan Malasarte (800), sophomore Carly Hamilton (1500), senior Leslie Boozer (steeplechase), senior Morgan VanGorder (10,000), women’s 4x100 relay team, senior Saniel Atkinson-Grier, freshman Leontia Kallenou (high jump), sophomore Morgann Leleux (pole vault), freshman Chanice Porter (long jump), junior Hilenn James (shot put), junior Elizabeth Tepe (hammer throw) and freshman Freya Jones (javelin).
Three Georgia student-athletes have already punched their ticket to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Championships. True freshman Maicel Uibo, who won the Southeastern Conference decathlon title last weekend, has scored the second-most points in the nation this year (a school record 8,223 points). The top 12 multi-event athletes in the decathlon and heptathlon from each region automatically qualify for the finals of the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Garrett Scantling, who has the third-best decathlon score (7,824) in the East Region and seventh best nationally, along with senior Lucie Ondraschkova have also already earned a trip to the NCAA finals. Ondraschkova has scored the eighth-most heptathlon points (5,701) in the country this year and is ranked third in the East.
The Bulldogs qualified 13 individuals and two relay teams for the final round of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Five women (Malasarte, Atkinson-Grier, Leleux, James, Ondraschkova) and four men (Scott-Wesley - 4x100 relay, Branch - 4x400 relay, Whitener, McCarty) who advanced last year are gunning for another shot this year.
Several of those returners scored in 2012. Leleux led the charge at the meet after taking second in the pole vault. The New Iberia, La., native also earned runner-up honors at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships. Atkinson-Grier, who like Leleux is coming off an SEC title, tied for sixth at last year’s NCAA outdoor meet with a clearance of 6 feet.
In addition, Malasarte set a school record in the 800 to take seventh in the 2012 NCAA finals for two points.
Live results and recaps from the NCAA East Prelims will be found at georgiadogs.com.