2011 Indoor Season In Review

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Georgia Has Six All-Americans As Bulldogs Tie For 26th At NCAAs

Georgia utilized a talented corps of underclassmen in 2011 to score at the NCAA Indoor Championships as well as to have at least one SEC indoor champion for the 14th year in a row.

Four Lady Bulldogs and two members of the Georgia men's team advanced to the national meet in College Station, Texas. Junior Torrin Lawrence led the Bulldogs to a tie for 26th place in the team standings after earning runner-up honors in the 400-meter dash. Lawrence, who was the defending NCAA champion in the event and the school record holder with a 2010 time of 45.03, clocked a 45.96 to finish second to a Texas A&M senior accustomed to racing on the Aggie track.

Including junior Colleen Felix's 10thplace finish in the triple jump, all five of the other Bulldog competitors were named Second Team All-Americans after finishing 16th or better in their event finals. Sophomore Lucie Ondraschkova (14thpentathlon), sophomore Saniel Atkinson (16th-high jump) and junior Latroya Darrell (15th-triple jump), all first timers at the NCAA indoor meet, joined junior Aaron Evans (14th-800m) to represent UGA.

Felix enjoyed a highly productive first season with Georgia after transferring from South Plains. The Grenada native won three of her first five meets in the triple jump, including the first SEC crown for the Lady Bulldogs in the event since 1995. Felix ended the season No. 2 on the UGA all-time top-10 list after traveling 44 feet, 3 1/2 inches to win the league title.

The Lady Bulldog triple jumpers as a whole reinforced the reputation that Georgia has in this event. Along with Felix's win, sophomore Maria Augutis was third, Darrell fourth and Atkinson sixth in the triple at the SEC Championships, giving Georgia 24 of its 54 points at the meet. Also, all four of the Lady Bulldogs mentioned above eclipsed 41-7.75 at some point during the season and all hold spots on the all-time top- 10 list.

Although Felix was the only SEC champion Georgia returned with from Fayetteville, Ark., three team members came back to Athens with second-place finishes. Evans, who was third at the 2010 NCAA outdoor meet, was the second finisher in the 800.

Asijie picked up eight points in the weight throw with a personal-best effort of 64-7.25. These were meaningful points for the Lady Bulldogs since 2010 SEC runner-up Nikola Lomnicka was taking a medical redshirt with a knee injury. Surging to a second-place finish in the pentathlon's final event (800), Ondraschkova rallied for a runner-up finish and locked down her place at the NCAA Championships.

Five team members - Brandon Lord, Paul Malquist, Justin Welch, Sydney Marshall and Hilenn James - also performed well enough to be rewarded with All-SEC Freshman honors.

Speaking of freshmen, a quartet of firstyear indoor competitors combined to clock the second-fastest distance medley relay in school history in the winter of 2011. Stella Christoforou, Megan Malasarte (who both advanced to the 800 finals at SECs), Savannah Kirk and Ashley Shiver took second at the Big 12 vs. SEC Challenge after blazing a 11:35.38. The foursome later scored a point at SECs thanks to an eighth-place finish. Six-foot-4 freshman Hilenn James also provided enthusiasm for the future as she unleashed the second-longest shot put throw in school history at the league meet. James launched an effort measuring 51-2.25 to take fourth, joining only three Lady Bulldogs in school history to have hit the 50-foot mark indoors.

On the men's side, Aaron Evans broke the only school indoor record in 2011. Evans, a native of Bermuda, sped to a 1:48.07 finish at the Husky Classic in Seattle to cruise by the former No. 1 mark in the Bulldog record books of 1:48.34. The former record, set by fellow Bermudian Steve Burgess, had lasted 27 years. Evans now holds both the indoor and outdoor records after clocking a 1:46.26 outdoors at last year's NCAA East Regional.

A newcomer to the Bulldog lineup, junior Michael Ayers quickly showed during his first year with Georgia why he won the 2009 SEC heptathlon title with Tennessee. Ayers scored a team season-high 5,578 points to take third at the SEC meet and move to second on Georgia's all-time top-10 list. Georgia's men's distance medley relay team, consisting of sophomore Danny Neff, freshman Eric Mills, junior Miles Svoboda and Lord, finished with the third-fastest time in school history in 2011. This group took fifth at the SEC Championships with their finish.

With five of the top indoor pole vaulters in UGA history surpassing the 17-foot mark coming into the 2011 season, Paul Malquist wasted little time joining this group early in his career. Malquist was sixth at the SEC Championships and cleared the bar at 17-0.75 to take third at the Tyson Invitational.

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