UGA roundup: Track and field picks up three SEC awards

Georgia’s track and field teams garnered three annual individual Southeastern Conference awards for the outdoor season.

The Bulldogs swept the SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year honors. Alex Poursanidis was the men’s recipient while Kendell Williams won on the women’s side. Williams was also the SEC indoor Women’s Freshman Field Athlete of the Week and was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Field Athlete of the Year indoors.

Poursanidis captured the SEC hammer throw championship with a mark of 218 feet, 4 inches on his second throw.

Williams cruised to a 350-point victory in the heptathlon with a facility record 5,877 points at the SEC Championships thanks to a collegiate personal-best time in the 200-meter dash (24.32) and the top long jump of her young career (20-5.75).

Junior Brandon Lord, the SEC Men’s Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year, compiled a 3.64 GPA in applied biotechnology with aspirations of attending medical school. The Presidential Scholar is on the Dean’s List, is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was selected to the Athletics Director’s honor roll.

Men’s tennis 2014 recruiting class ranked second

The Georgia men’s tennis team’s 2014 recruiting class assembled by head coach Manuel Diaz and associate head coach Will Glenn was ranked No. 2 in the nation by TennisRecruiting.net, the popular junior tennis website announced this week.

The Bulldogs’ incoming four-player class comes in second nationally behind only Stanford, and includes redshirt freshman Paul Oosterbaan as well as rookies Peter Bertran — who was the 2012 Athens Banner-Herald Boys Tennis Player of the Year and a standout for North Oconee before skipping high school tennis this season — Andy Martinez and Wayne Montgomery.

Oosterbaan — a native of tennis hotbed Kalamazoo, Mich. — arrived on campus this January but has not yet competed for Georgia. His accomplishments include earning a wild card into the main draw at the 2013 U.S. Open by virtue of winning the boys 18s doubles title at the USTA National Championship, as well as capturing the Clay Court doubles title, the boys 16s Winter Nationals singles, and the USTA 18s National Open. He has been ranked as high as No. 8 nationally by TennisRecruiting.net during his Juniors career.

Bertran is a native of the Dominican Republic. He went undefeated as a sophomore and junior in high school, and has been ranked the No. 5 prospect in the state of Georgia. Last year, he won ITF tournaments in the Dominican Republic, Aruba and Barbados, and earlier in 2014 he defeated former USC standout and six-time All-America Robert Farah in Davis Cup action.

A native of Atlanta, Martinez began competitive tournaments at the age of 12. He is a senior at Woodward Academy and trains at Tennis Academy of the South with Kurt Clemons. Rated a five-star recruit, Martinez is ranked in the top-75 in the senior class nationally and was the winner of the Southern Doubles Championship.

Montgomery is already in Athens for summer school, joining the Bulldogs from Johannesburg, South Africa. He has won multiple South African and African Junior titles in singles and doubles, and has represented South Africa internationally in numerous team and individual events during his career. He has been a member of the ITF junior touring teams each year since the age of 13, and also participated at the Junior Davis Cup in Mexico in 2010 and 2011. Montgomery reached a career high ITF U-18 world ranking of No. 7 in 2013, and has won ITF junior circuit tournaments in Gaborone, Port Elizabeth, East London, Montreal (doubles), Potchefstroom (singles and doubles), Traralgon (doubles), and Maryland (singles and doubles). He has reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open and the Australian Open as well as the doubles semifinals at Wimbledon.

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