Freshman Ashinia Miller was the top freshman finisher in both the shot put and discus at the SEC Championships.
May 17, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia true freshman Maicel Uibo has been named the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Men’s Freshman Field Athlete of the Year, according to a league announcement on Friday.
In addition, 10 Bulldog team members were honored on the All-SEC First Team, Second Team or All-Freshman Team.
Uibo, a native of Polva, Estonia, won Georgia its first SEC decathlon title since 2002 after topping the nearest competitor by more than 200 points. He had already scored the nation’s second-highest point total with world’s No. 3 mark this year (8,223) to win the Bulldog Decathlon.
In addition, Uibo recorded the school’s sixth-best long jump mark in history of 25 feet, 8 inches (currently tied for No. 13 nationally) at the Bulldog Decathlon, giving Georgia its best mark in the event since 1998.
Like the other decathletes and women’s heptathletes who have already registered one of the top 12 times in one of the two regions nationwide, Uibo has clinched his spot at the finals of the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 5-8.
A number of Georgia team members earned a spot on either the All-SEC First, Second or All-Freshman teams. Event winners from the SEC Championships are named to the First Team, second-place finishers to the Second Team and the top freshman in each event to the All-Freshman Team.
Uibo, senior Saniel Atkinson-Grier, junior Elizabeth Tepe (hammer throw), sophomore Carly Hamilton (1500-meter run) and sophomore Morgann Leleux (pole vault) won their events and were named to the First Team. Senior Leslie Boozer (steeplechase) and junior Megan Malasarte (800) were Second Team selections.
Ashinia Miller (shot put, discus) and Uibo were the top first-year finishers on the men’s side while Shaunae Miller (400) and Leontia Kallenou (high jump) were named to the women’s All-Freshman squad.
The Bulldogs who have to pass through the qualifying rounds at the NCAA East Prelims are scheduled to compete in Greensboro, N.C., on May 23-25.