In addition to Garrett Scantling's performance, sophomore Justin Welch also had a career-best throw of 225 ft., 7 in. to win the hammer throw at the University of Toledo over the weekend.
June 18, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. --- Georgia true freshman Garrett Scantling has advanced to the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, following his performance in the decathlon over the weekend.
Scantling put together four personal-best efforts during his 10 events to score a career-high 7,434 points at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships in Bloomington, Ind., over the weekend. His score, which improved his No. 5 mark in the Bulldog record books, gave him a second-place finish in the competition. This performance automatically guaranteed Scantling a spot on the U.S. roster for Worlds.
Team USA will travel to Barcelona in early July to compete at the World Juniors on July 10-15.
"This is basically only the second full decathlon Garrett has completed so I am pretty fired up to see his progression," said Georgia multi-events coach Petros Kyprianou. "I am proud of his performance, although he and I talked about having to drop the times down for his running events, especially about ending the decathlon with a strong 1500. But he is fairly new to the sport so his future is bright. After the competition, he put on his USA gear and you could tell how much this accomplishment meant to he and his family. Now he has to keep improving to get ready for the major challenge that awaits him in Barcelona."
After struggling during the first two events (100-meter dash, long jump), Scantling erupted for a two-foot personal best in the shot put of 46 feet, 11 inches to win the event. The Jacksonville, Fla., native followed that up with the best high jump clearance of his career at 6-9.75 to help pace his first day.
Scantling, whose brother Hunter was recently picked in the 14th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Detroit Tigers, finished the first five events in the opening day of action with 3,855 points. This was 21 points behind his day one score of 3,876 that he had before his previous career-best score of 7,410.
He opened day two with the second-fastest 110 hurdles time of his career (14.98) before setting two consecutive personal-best efforts. In the discus, Scantling launched his second attempt 138-7, which measures more than 10 feet farther than his previous personal best, to take second place. Then in the pole vault, the 6-foot-3 Scantling moved his personal best up six inches to 15-5 to win this event.
Scantling also let go of his second-best career effort in the javelin (190-2) to help him edge BYU's Kevin Nielsen (7,275) by 159 points for the overall second place finish.
IN OTHER BULLDOG NEWS . . . Sophomore Justin Welch also experienced a career-best performance in the hammer throw in the University of Toledo Summer Series. The Luckey, Ohio, native launched his fourth attempt a career-long distance of 225-7. This tops his previous personal best of 225-2, which was set at the 2011 Drake Relays. Welch, who has the seventh-best hammer throw in Georgia history, will now travel to Eugene, Ore., during the middle of this week for the Olympic Trials, which run from June 21 through July 1.