2010 Indoor Season In Review
Dogs Finish With NCAA Indoor Champion, Top-20 Finish
With highlights arriving throughout the season in a variety of individual events, Georgia's track and field teams both scored at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2010 for the first time since 2006.
The Bulldog men tied for 20th (10 pts.) nationally, posting their best indoor finish since 2001. The Lady Bulldogs used four points from sophomore Nikola Lomnicka to tie for 42nd and score at the indoor national meet for the first time since a fourth-place finish in 2007.
As he did all season long, sophomore Torrin Lawrence paced the Georgia men's team at the NCAA meet and was later named the USTFCCCA National Male Track Athlete of the Year. Lawrence sped to the second-fastest time in a 400-meter dash final (45.23) to capture the Bulldogs' first NCAA indoor crown in the event. As fast as Lawrence crossed the final line in the national final, he recorded two faster times early during his record-breaking campaign.
Lawrence clocked the world's three fastest indoor 400 times in 2010, including his school record-breaking 45.03 at the Tyson Invitational. This is the third-fastest collegiate time ever and the seventh-fastest time in world history.
In addition, Lawrence, who won both of his 200 races and all four of his 400 races in 2010, topped the 23-year-old collegiate record in the 300. Lawrence sped to a finish of 32.32 at the Hokie Invitational, which also gave him the fifth-fastest time in world history.
Lomnicka tallied points for the Georgia women in the weight throw after taking fifth at the NCAA Championships. Boasting the second-best performance of her career (66 feet, 8 inches) at the national meet, Lomnicka finished the season second in the school record books with a top toss of 67-6.75.
Although she did not add points to Georgia's total, sophomore Kristie Krueger did add another All-America certificate to UGA's total. Krueger, who sits at the No. 3 spot in the school record books in the mile (4:41.64), finished 11th in the mile at NCAAs and was named an All-American.
At the SEC Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., Lawrence dropped a 45.88 in the 400 prelims before breaking the conference meet record (45.10) to walk away with Georgia's second indoor 400 title in three years (Justin Gaymon, 2008).
But Lawrence was not the only Bulldog champion at the 2010 SEC indoor meet. Junior Tommy Barrineau accomplished something his father Jim Barrineau, a former Bulldog All-American who was a 1976 Olympian and outdoor SEC champion, never did: win an indoor SEC crown.
After breaking his own school record earlier in the year at the Razorback Invitational, Barrineau returned to Fayetteville, and piled up a career-best 5,700 points to win the SEC heptathlon championship - another first for UGA. Barrineau had six personal-best efforts during his seven events, including a victory in the 1000m over a Florida rival that clinched Barrineau's SEC win.
The Georgia men and women each finished fifth at the SEC Indoor Championships. For the Lady Bulldogs, a group accustomed to finishing in the upper echelon of the SEC, this finish was a six-spot and 51.5-point improvement from their 2009 indoor finish.
A pair of newcomers and one former walk-on all earned All-SEC honors after taking second in their respective events. Lomnicka, who topped Kentucky's Kristin Smith at the NCAA meet, finished second behind Smith in the weight throw to score eight points for Georgia. Fellow newcomer Alesha Asijie had a personal-best heave of 61-2.25 to finish third in the same event.
Freshman Petr Novotny provided one of the most pleasant surprises for the Bulldogs at SECs. After reaching 58 feet only once during the season, Novotny had a top effort of 58-1 to earn runner-up honors in the shot put. Senior Israel Machovec added a fourth-place finish in the event.
The final Georgia team member to finish second in an SEC event was senior distance runner Bridget Lyons. Coming off a spectacular final cross country season, Lyons rolled with the pack in the 5000m until surging into the second spot with a career-best time of 16:18.68. This was the third-fastest finish in school history.
While graduate student Kat Majester, who is competing for the Lady Bulldogs during her only year of eligibility left, stole the show in the pole vault after reaching a height of 13-11.25 at the Virginia Tech Final Qualifier, freshman Jade Riebold gave the Bulldog faithful further confidence for the future. Riebold won the Virginia Tech Elite meet and then tied for seventh at the SEC meet, earning All-SEC Freshman honors. Majester took sixth at the SEC meet.
Maria Augutis, another of the talented Lady Bulldog freshmen, also brought All-SEC Freshman honors back to Athens and had a career performance in the triple jump (40-8.75) for a fifth-place finish.
Other significant performances in 2010 included junior Georgina Nembhard moving to No. 5 on both the 60m and 200m all-time top-10 lists. Nembhard clocked a 7.45 in the 60 to blaze past the field in the Virginia Tech Elite prelims and clocked a 24.14 at SECs.
The Georgia women also finished the year with four high jumpers soaring over the bar in the 5-8 range. Latroya Darrell, Saniel Atkinson, Carin Walker and Shaquita Young all scored in the event at the SEC level as both Atkinson and Walker hit top heights of 5-8.75.
On the men's side, junior Cory Holman, in his first year with the Bulldogs, set an SEC Championships record by having a mark of 7-1.75 in the heptathlon and finished with the third-best time in the 60 hurdles (7.93) in school history.