The youngest in the 200m final by nearly five years, Shaunae Miller was fourth at the World Championships.
Aug 19, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- One current Bulldog and seven former Georgia track and field team members wrapped up their competition at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow over the weekend.
Maicel Uibo and Reese Hoffa were the male representatives while Shaunae Miller, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Levern Spencer, Krista Woodward, Jenny Dahlgren and Sultana Frizell were the former Lady Bulldogs who competed during the nine-day meet.
A freshman at UGA during 2013, Uibo finished 19th in the decathlon with 7,850 points on the meet’s second day of competition. The Estonian native equaled his collegiate personal best in the high jump of 6 feet, 11 inches while setting three new personal bests in the shot put, 400-meter dash and javelin.
Uibo launched his opening attempt in the shot 44-10.75, which was four inches longer than his effort at the Southeastern Conference Championships. He trimmed a hundredth of a second off his 400 time at SECs for a 50.60 before reaching 195-7 in the javelin. Uibo’s effort in the javelin was his best in a decathlon by more than a foot.
After earning First Team All-America honors in the heptathlon indoors last year, Uibo set a school record in the decathlon with 8,223 points outdoors, won Georgia’s first SEC crown in the decathlon since 2002 and took fifth overall at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He is expected to highlight the Bulldog roster in 2014.
Two former Bulldogs each finished one spot away from the podium for fourth place honors at the World Championships. Another freshman from 2013, sprinter Shaunae Miller, took fourth in the women’s 200 final. The Bahamian who was nearly five years younger than any of the other seven finalists crossed the finish line in 22.74.
Miller turned professional following the 2013 indoor and outdoor seasons. She won last year’s NCAA indoor 400 crown and was the runner-up at the national outdoor meet. Miller is the school record holder in the 400 both indoors and outdoors and is No. 2 on the indoor 200 list and No. 4 on the outdoor 200 list.
Miller and fellow former Lady Bulldog and five-time Olympian Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie teamed up together to compete in the 4x100 relay for the Bahamas. However, their team was disqualified after a lane violation in the qualifying round.
Ferguson-McKenzie, who won four NCAA titles for Georgia between the 1996 and 1999 seasons, has won three Olympic medals in her career, including a gold medal in the 4x100 relay at the 2000 Games.
The world’s most consistent thrower in the shot put over the last decade also took fourth for the U.S. in his featured event. Reese Hoffa, who was the 2012 bronze medalist, muscled his second attempt in the finals 69-3.50. He won the 2007 World Outdoor title and also finished first at the 2006 World Indoors.
While at Georgia, Hoffa collected five All-America certificates and captured the 2001 SEC outdoor championship.
Levern Spencer sailed into the women’s high jump finals after reaching 6-3.50 in the qualifying round. The St. Lucia native cleared 6-2.25 on her opening attempt of the finals and then missed three jumps at 6-4 to conclude her competition in 11th place.
Spencer won three SEC high jump titles for the Lady Bulldogs and was the runner-up to teammate Patty Sylvester at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships.
One of Spencer’s teammates at UGA, Canada’s Krista Woodward, finished with a throw of 193-1 in the qualifying round of the javelin. Woodward swept the SEC Outdoor Championships during the 2003 and 2005-07 seasons and was a four-time All-American for the Lady Bulldogs.
Another pair of competitors who were teammates with Spencer and Woodward competed against each other in the same group of the women’s hammer throw qualifying round. Canada’s Sultana Frizell, who won the 2005 SEC title, was seventh in her qualifying group with a toss of 226-7 to finish just two spots away of qualifying for the final in her group.
Jenny Dahlgren was eighth in the same qualifying group after her third throw measured 226 feet. Dahlgren, who competed at the last three Olympics for Argentina, remains the collegiate record holder in the hammer after watching an attempt travel 239-4 at the 2007 Spec Towns Invitational in Athens.
Dahlgren won three NCAA titles for Georgia, two in the hammer and one in the weight throw. She left with four SEC championships and eight All-America honors while helping the Lady Bulldogs clinch the 2006 SEC indoor and outdoor team titles.
Georgia’s cross country season kicks off with the teams’ only home meet of the year on August 31. The Bulldogs host the Georgia Cross Country Invitational at the UGA Equestrian Complex in Bishop, Ga., starting at 8 a.m.