Freshman Garrett Scantling is competing in Barcelona at the 2012 World Championships.
July 11, 2012
While the NCAA Outdoor Championships concluded in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 9, members of Georgia’s track and field teams have continued to compete both in the U.S. and internationally.
The competitions detailed below are some of the final ones for the Bulldogs before the Olympics arrive in London. With the track and field portion of the Games starting on August 3, four former Georgia men – Reese Hoffa (shot put – U.S.), Kibwe Johnson (hammer throw – U.S.), Andras Haklits (hammer throw – Croatia) and Martin Maric (discus – Croatia) – will join six former or future Lady Bulldogs.
Hyleas Fountain (heptathlon – U.S.), Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (4x100-meter relay), Jenny Dahlgren (hammer throw – Argentina), Sultana Frizell (hammer throw – Canada), Levern Spencer (high jump – St. Lucia) and 2012 signee Shaunae Miller (400 – Bahamas) are all also scheduled to compete at the Olympics.
Lady Bulldogs Compete At NACAC Championships
GUANAJUATO, Mexico --- Georgia sophomore Hilenn James posted a pair of top-four performances at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships in Guanajuato, Mexico, over the weekend.
The Trinidad & Tobago native finished third in the discus with a top effort of 160 feet, 5 inches. James returned in the shot put to finish fourth. Her longest throw measured 52-1.25, which is the third-best throw of her collegiate career. James posted a personal-best mark of 54-3.25 to take 12th at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Also, junior Saniel Atkinson did not reach a height in the high jump. Atkinson was coming off a victory at the Jamaican National Championships in Kingston, Jamaica, after cruising over the bar with a career-high mark of 6-2.25. This gave the Upper Marlboro, Md., native the No. 2 mark all-time in the Lady Bulldog record books.
Scantling Battles In Decathlon At World Junior Championships
BARCELONA, Spain --- True freshman Garrett Scantling exploded for the longest shot put throw of his career to highlight the first five events of his decathlon at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday.
Scantling, who is one of two Americans in the competition, completed the first day in 23rd place with 3,077 points. He was disqualified in the 400-meter dash to complete his first five events because of a lane violation. There is a chance Scantling will not complete the decathlon because of a minor leg injury he suffered in the high jump.
The Jacksonville, Fla., native lifted his top effort in the shot put 47 feet, 5 ¾ inches, which is a six-inch personal best, to take seventh in the competition. Scantling also recorded a fourth-place finish in the high jump after clearing the bar at 6-7 on his first try, despite his injury.
Scantling opened the day by finishing just a hundredth of a second off of his career best in the 100 (11.35). He then soared for the second-best collegiate long jump of his career at 21-8.25 before suffering the disqualification in the 400.
Scantling advanced to the World Championships after posting four personal-best efforts in the decathlon at the USA Junior Championships to finish second in Bloomington, Ind., in mid-June. He scored a career-high 7,434 points, which is No. 5 in the Bulldog record books, to finished behind Arkansas freshman Gunnar Nixon (7,760). Nixon is currently leading the World Championships after scoring 4,164 during the first day.