Freshman Maicel Uibo is leading the SEC and ranked second nationally in the decathlon.
May 8, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. --- After starting their indoor season four months ago, Georgia's track and field teams begin the four-day Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships on Thursday at the Audrey J. Walton Stadium in Columbia, Mo.
Lady Bulldog senior Lucie Ondraschkova begins the action for UGA in the heptathlon at 12:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. A trio of decathletes - freshmen Maicel Uibo and Devon Williams and sophomore Garrett Scantling - also start their first of 10 events on Thursday at noon.
In the open events, junior Elizabeth Tepe kicks off the meet in the women's hammer throw at 3 p.m. on Friday. Both the heptathlon and the decathlon conclude on Friday as well.
Live results will be available at georgiadogs.com while mutigers.com/sectrack/ will have live streaming video available on Thursday and Friday and during the early sessions on Saturday and Sunday. ESPN3.com will provide a free live stream of action starting at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The seventh-ranked Georgia men and the 10th-ranked Lady Bulldogs join 10 other teams ranked in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) top-25 polls. This will mark the first time the Tigers will host the SEC meet after Missouri and Texas A&M joined the conference in the summer of 2012.
The UGA men have 15 individuals in position to score with a ranking in the league's top eight. Freshman Maicel Uibo, who is ranked second nationally in the decathlon, is leading the way in the SEC while sophomores Drew Branch (400-meter hurdles) and Charles Grethen (800) both have the conference's fastest times in their events.
On the women's side, freshman Shaunae Miller is leading the nation with her wind-aided time of 22.41 clocked in the 200 at the Spec Towns Invitational in Athens. The Bahamian sprinter won the 2013 NCAA indoor crown in the 400 and will run in the event for the first time in Columbia. Twelve other Lady Bulldog individuals and one relay team are also currently ranked in the SEC's top eight.
Only five scorers from last year's SEC outdoor meet are back for the Georgia men compared to seven for the women.
Georgia had six SEC individual champions at the 2012 meet in Baton Rouge as the men and women combined for the highest point total (217) in history. Only one of those champions, sophomore Morgann Leleux (women's pole vault), is back from last year's squad.
The Bulldog men took third with 109 points at the 2012 SEC Outdoor Championships for the second consecutive year and for the fourth time in the last 10 years. This was their second highest point total in program history after scoring 115 points for third in 2004.
The Lady Bulldogs finished fourth for the second year in a row after scoring 108 points. This marked their best point total since winning the 2006 SEC title with a school record 136 points. The Georgia women also won the SEC indoor championship in 2006.
Following the SEC Championships, Georgia will return to action on May 23-25 at the NCAA East Regionals in Greensboro, N.C. This meet will essentially be the prelims in most events leading up to the semifinals and finals of the NCAA Championships, which arrive on June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.
Live results and a recap after each day of the SEC Championships will be found at georgiadogs.com.