June 4, 2013
EUGENE, Ore. --- Eighteen representatives of Georgia's track and field teams join the rest of the nation's elite as the NCAA Outdoor Championships begin in Eugene, Ore., on Wednesday, June 5.
Hosted by the University of Oregon at the historic Hayward Field, the four-day meet begins on Wednesday and runs through Saturday evening. Hayward Field has been the site of the last two U.S. Olympic Trials and 11 NCAA Championship meets since 1962.
The 10th-ranked Lady Bulldogs traveled 10 team members from Athens. Seniors Lucie Ondraschkova (heptathlon), Saniel Atkinson-Grier (high jump) and Leslie Boozer (3000-meter steeplechase), junior Megan Malasarte (800), sophomores Tynia Gaither (200) and Morgann Leleux (pole vault) and freshmen Shaunae Miller (400), Chanice Porter (long jump), Freya Jones (javelin) and Leontia Kallenou (high jump) are all slated to compete for UGA.
Ondraschkova, Atkinson-Grier, Malasarte and Leleux all competed at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Leleux recorded a runner-up finish in the pole vault while Malasarte was seventh in the 800 and Atkinson-Grier tied for sixth in the pole vault as the Lady Bulldogs tied for 21st with 14 points.
The Lady Bulldogs last finished in the top 10 after taking ninth in 2007 with 24 points. That marked the fifth year in a row that the Georgia women had been 11th or better.
Juniors Caleb Whitener (shot put) and Johnathan Smith (100), sophomores Garrett Scantling (decathlon), Charles Grethen (800), Drew Branch (400 hurdles) and Nick Vena (shot put) and freshmen Maicel Uibo (decathlon) and Kisean Smith (800) will be competing for the 11th-ranked Bulldog men.
Georgia tied for 64th last year with two points. Whitener and Branch (4x400 relay) both earned Second Team All-America honors after taking 15th and 14th, respectively, but did not score for the Bulldogs.
The Georgia men took 11th in 2009 with 19 points. They have been in the top 20 at the NCAA outdoor meet six times since head coach Wayne Norton took over the program in 2000.
Uibo, who is ranked second nationally in the decathlon, and Scantling, who has scored the country's seventh-highest point total this year, start the meet for Georgia at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The 2013 Southeastern Conference indoor long jump champion, Chanice Porter, competes in the first open event for UGA during the first day at 7:15 p.m.
ESPN3/ESPNU along with a Pac-12 live stream (http://pac-12.com/live/goducks.aspx?DB_OEM_ID=500) will broadcast a majority of the meet.
Here is the coverage schedule: Wednesday - 3 p.m.-11 p.m., Pac-12 live stream
Thursday - 2 p.m.-6:50 p.m., Pac-12 live stream, 6:50 p.m.-11 p.m., ESPN3.com/WatchESPN http://es.pn/NCAA-OTF-D2
Friday - 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Pac-12 live stream, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m., ESPNU/WatchESPN http://es.pn/NCAA-OTF-D3
Saturday - 3:30 p.m.-5 -p.m., Pac-12 live stream, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., ESPNU/WatchESPN http://es.pn/NCAA-OTF-D4
Live results and recaps after each day of action will be found at georgiadogs.com.