Reese Hoffa was the bronze medal winner at the 2012 Olympics.
June 24, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa --- Current members of Georgia’s track and field teams and the program’s alumni posted a strong representation at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, over the weekend.
On Sunday, former All-American and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Reese Hoffa capped the weekend by earning runner-up honors in the men’s shot put. The Augusta native worked up to a fourth throw of 70 feet, ¼ inches before passing on his final two attempts.
Hoffa, who is now a four-time second-place finisher at the USA Outdoor Championships and a three-time winner, will be representing Team USA, along with first-place finisher Ryan Whiting (72-6.50), at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, on August 10-18. Hoffa won the 2007 World Outdoors title.
A rising sophomore at Georgia and an incoming freshman for the Lady Bulldogs, who happen to be siblings, had solid showings during the Junior portion of the meet. Freshman Devon Williams recorded personal bests in four of his last five events of the decathlon to take second overall. He scored 7,268 points to take over the No. 10 spot in the school record books and qualify to represent the U.S. at the Pan Am Junior Athletics Championships in Medellin, Columbia, on August 23-25.
Recent Kell High School graduate and Williams’ younger sister, Kendell Williams, won the Juniors heptathlon by nearly 300 points. Williams scored 5,481 points to top Kendall Gustafson (5,189) for the victory. With her win, Williams will be joining her brother at the Pan Am Championships.
In the Senior women’s 800-meter run semifinals, junior Megan Malasarte narrowly missed the finals, but set a new No. 1 mark in UGA record books. Malasarte trimmed more than a second off her own school record in the event and took 13th overall with a time 2:02.06.
Three other current or former Bulldogs also advanced to the finals in their events.
After having a surprising run to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, freshman Kisean Smith advanced to the Junior 800 finals. Smith finished with the third-fastest time of his Georgia career (1:50.14) to take fifth in the finals during his first trip to USAs.
A pair of Georgia former All-Americans in Justin Gaymon and Torrin Lawrence also earned a spot in the finals of their respective Senior events. Gaymon sped to a 48.56 in the 400 hurdle finals to take fifth. In the 400 finals, Lawrence clocked a 46.02 to take eighth.