UGA Track & Field, Cross Country Program Has SEC's Second-Best Combined Finish
June 13, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The University of Georgia track and field and cross country men's teams posted the second-best combined finish for teams from the Southeastern Conference and 17th nationally, according to a recent announcement from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
"This final tabulation indicates that it is important to view the total picture in trying to assess accomplishments," said head coach Wayne Norton. "Because our men's season ended in a very disappointing showing at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, it left a very bad taste in our mouths. That made it almost impossible to see any positives about the season. But in looking back more objectively and less emotionally, the overall season was not that bad. The men actually had successful championships in five of six meets including finishing third in all three SEC championships."
The Bulldogs advanced to their first NCAA Cross Country Championships since 2004 during the 2011 fall season and completed the meet with a 29th place finish, which topped all SEC competition. This marked Georgia's best finish at a national cross meet since taking 25th in 2003 and 2004.
Georgia took the track during the indoor season and tied for 23rd at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, Idaho. A trio of scorers, led by senior Aaron Evans' fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run, paced the Bulldogs as they had their best indoor finish since taking 11th in 2009.
Outdoors, Georgia finished in a tie for 64th place as Evans grabbed a seventh-place finish in the 800 finals for First Team All-America honors. This marked the 15th consecutive time that the Bulldogs have scored at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
During the 2012 indoor and outdoor seasons, Georgia combined to set four school records and have four individual SEC champions. The Bulldogs also scored their most points in program history (85.5) to finish third at the SEC Indoor Championships while tallying their second-best point total outdoors (109) at an SEC meet.
Florida State won the 2012 John McDonnell Program of the Year Award after finishing 12th at the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships, eighth at this year's NCAA indoor meet and fourth at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Florida topped all SEC teams with a fifth-place finish. The Gators were 30th at the NCAA cross country meet and won both the NCAA indoor and outdoor meets this year.