June 14, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The Decathlon Association has announced that Georgia track and field has finished second in the inaugural race for the Webb Cup, which is given to the country’s elite decathlon program.
The Bulldogs scored 14 points in the race and only trailed Texas (18) in the annual standings. The Webb Cup is an award named for retired Tennessee coach Bill Webb.
In 2013, freshman Maicel Uibo set a school record with the 11th-best decathlon score in NCAA history (8,223), won the Southeastern Conference title and took fifth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with his second 8,000-plus score. His sophomore teammate Garrett Scantling, who was this year’s SEC heptathlon champion indoors, scored a personal best 7,873 outdoors to take ninth at the NCAA meet.
Also, freshman Devon Williams scored 6,916 points to take third at the Drake Relays during his first collegiate decathlon. Williams’ sister, Kendell Williams, has also signed to compete for Georgia in 2014 after setting the U.S. Juniors record in both the pentathlon and the heptathlon.
The Bulldogs were also ranked second in the two-man team and the three-man team categories behind the Longhorns.
“We are very proud of our decathlon-heptathlon tradition at UGA,” said Bulldog assistant coach Petros Kyprianou, who recently completed his fifth season working with Georgia’s multi-events. “The fact that those guys (Uibo, Scantling, Williams) are underclassmen says a lot about their talent and their development. The Bill Webb Cup award is the most prestigious award for combined events in the USA. Coach Webb has made the decathlon an American event and his guys dominated the NCAA and world scene until his retirement in 2009.
“I am very honored to get to know him personally and thankful that he is supporting our decathlon corps with words of encouragement every chance he gets. Obviously our goal is to win it next year as we did back in 2011, when we had the best two-man, three-man and four-man decathlon teams in the U.S. (Michael Ayers, Tommy Barrineau, Ben Davies, David Silverstein). This is the first year the Webb Cup is going to be officially awarded to the overall best combined events team in the nation. Congrats to the Texas Longhorns for this honor.''
While Georgia’s 2013 collegiate seasons are over, a number of UGA student-athletes will be competing at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and the USA Junior Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, starting on June 19.
2013 Webb Cup Standings
Place Team Pts.
1st Texas 18
2nd Georgia 14
3rd Arkansas 13
4th Kansas St. 11
Wichita St. 11
6th Connecticut 9
7th Duke 6
Idaho St. 6
10th N. Dakota St. 4
11th Akron 3
12th UCSB 1