Georgia Track & Field Wraps Up 2009 Indoor Season With SEC Champion, Two All-Americans

Torrin Lawrence

2009 Georgia Indoor All-Americans
Torrin Lawrence 200-meter dash 7th 20.90
Justin Gaymon 400-meter dash 9th 46.89

UGA Indoor Records Broken In 2009
T. Lawrence 200-meter dash 20.77
T. Barrineau Heptathlon 5,331 pts.
J. Gaymon 4x400m relay 3:07.45
M. Proctor, P. Adams, T. Lawrence
The Georgia track and field program capped its 2009 indoor campaign by scoring at the NCAA Indoor Championships for the 12th straight year. Individually, the Bulldogs had one Southeastern Conference champion and two All-Americans as the Georgia men shattered three school records.

During their journey to scoring at the eighth NCAA indoor meet in the last 10 years, the Georgia men broke a trio of school records. Freshman sprinter Torrin Lawrence, whose name can already be spotted in UGA's top-10 list in several spots, opened his season at the Kentucky Invitational by smashing the school record in the 200-meter dash. The Jacksonville, Fla., native won his race after clocking a 20.77 to top David Dickens' time of 21.05 set at the 2006 NCAA Championships.

Lawrence was also part of a school-record time in the 4x400 relay as he, senior Justin Gaymon, senior Michael Proctor and freshman Phillip Adams set a new No. 1 mark at the SEC Championships. Although the Bulldogs finished fourth, they sped to a finish of 3:07.45, besting the previous No. 1 time of 3:07.93 set in 2004.

Tommy Barrineau was responsible for the third school record after surpassing his own top score in the heptathlon. Barrineau, son of former Georgia All-American and 1976 Olympian high jumper James Barrineau, piled up 5,331 points after seven events at the JRF Multi-Event Challenge during the year's third meet.

The Bulldogs concluded the indoor season by qualifying four sprinters for the NCAA Championships. Lawrence, fresh off being named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Men's South Region Runner of the Year, clocked his second-fastest time of the year in the 200-meter dash (20.79) in the prelims and then locked down All-American honors by taking seventh in the finals (20.90).

Gaymon, who was the 16th and final runner added to the meet's field, earned the fifth All-America certificate of his career after his performance in the 400 finals. Gaymon tied his second-fastest time of the season in the finals with a time of 46.89 for ninth place.

Joining Lawrence and Gaymon in the 4x400 relays at the national meet were Proctor and Adams. The Bulldog foursome finished 10th after registering a finish of 3:09.11, which happened to be this group's second-slowest time of the season.

Lawrence jumpstarted the postseason by capturing Georgia its first SEC indoor title in the 200 at the conference meet in Lexington, Ky., and being named the SEC Male Freshman Runner of the Year. Flying to a 20.81 finish, Lawrence became the 35th individual SEC indoor champion for the Bulldogs and gave Georgia two straight years of having a league champion in the sprints (2008, Justin Gaymon, 400).

Led by Lawrence's triumph, Georgia finished eighth at the SEC Championships after scoring 47 points. Another highlight at the meet was senior Ross Ridgewell, who was racing in his first meet of the season, taking second in the 800 (1:50.33). Other Georgia scorers on the men's side included: John Freeman (3rd-weight throw), 4x400 relay - Gaymon, Proctor, Adams, Lawrence (4th), Barrineau (5th-heptathlon), Gaymon (5th-400), Kevin Dickson (6th-high jump), Cory Harris (6th-heptathlon), Israel Machovec (8th-shot put), distance medley relay - Miles Svoboda, Daniel Black, Kris Ward, Bejan Abtahi (8th), Branislav Danis (8th-weight throw) and Asaph Levy (8th-weight throw).

The Lady Bulldogs left Kentucky's indoor facility with an 11th-place finish after tallying 14 points. Senior Sarah Madebach, in what was her final collegiate meet, crossed the finish line fourth in the 5000 (16:46.81) after registering a seventh-place finish in the 3000 (9:41.64).

Also in the distance events, freshman Kristie Krueger showed no intimidation with this being her first SEC track meet as the Argyle, Texas, native finished eighth in the mile with a time of 4:54.33. Six more points came for the Georgia women as Krueger combined with freshman Carin Walker, junior Taylor Adams and senior Kiah Vernon for third-place honors in the distance medley relay. Their time of 11:39.71 was the third-fastest time in school history.

Georgia wasted little time kicking its season into high gear at the season-opening Kentucky Invitational. The Bulldogs racked up four NCAA provisional qualifying marks, one automatic mark and one school record. Lawrence's 20.77 in the 200 was not only a new No. 1 time in Georgia's record books, but was also the fastest time in the world for 2009 following the race's conclusion.
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