Georgia sophomore Maicel Uibo and junior Garrett Scantling surged into the top three during the opening day of the Bulldog Decathlon Thursday.
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Garrett Scantling reacts after clearing the bar at 6 feet 8 1/2 inches during the Spec Towns National Team Invitational track meet at the Spec Towns Track Field on Thursday April 10, 2014 in Athens, Ga.
Uibo, who won the 2013 Bulldog Decathlon with a school record 8,223 points, scored 4,177 points in the first day with a pair of personal bests. The Estonia native is trailing the leader, Wisconsin’s Zach Ziemek, by only 14 points after Uibo scored 4,151 points during the first day of last year’s meet.
Scantling scored 4,095 points for third place after five of 10 events. The decathlon’s sixth event, the 110-meter hurdles, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. today.
The Bulldog Heptathlon cranks up with the 100 hurdles at 10 a.m. while the Spec Towns National Team Invitational begins with the women’s/men’s triple jump and women’s shot put at 2 p.m.
The Georgia duo had a stellar showing in the high jump to highlight their day. Uibo had five first attempt clearances before reaching a career-best mark of 7 feet, 1 inch to win the event for 953 points. Scantling made it over the bar at 6-8.25 on his third and final attempt before clearing 6-9.50 (868) on his first try.
Following the high jump, the Bulldogs wrapped up their day in the 400. Scantling finished second behind former Georgia SEC champion Tommy Barrineau with a lap that was timed at 49.84 for 822 points. Uibo managed a fourth-place finish thanks to a time of 51.48. Barrineau finished the day in fifth place with 3,794 points.
In the shot put, Uibo muscled a personal-best effort of 47-4.25 to surge into second place with 755 points. One spot behind Uibo was Scantling, who took third with a 46-1.25 for 731 points. This was Scantling’s only fair attempt and it arrived on his final attempt.