UGA track and field team has big day at Georgia Relays

Georgia’s track and field teams recorded a half dozen outright victories to highlight the second day of the Georgia Relays at the Spec Towns Track on Saturday.

Sophomore Morgann Leleux opened up her outdoor season by clearing a national-leading height of 14 feet, 1 ¼ inches in the pole vault. Leleux, who suffered a detached retina during the indoor season, passed on the first six heights before registering clearances on her second attempt at the next two heights.

In 2012, Leleux started her Bulldog career outdoors by tying the school record of 14-3.50 at the Georgia Relays. The New Iberia, La., native eventually set a new No. 1 mark in UGA history after clearing 14-6.75 to win the Southeastern Conference title.

Junior transfer Johnathan Smith picked up a personal-best time in the 100-meter dash to top 34 other competitors.

Freshman Briana Vaughn matched the fourth-best 100 time in school history with the fastest time for the Lady Bulldogs since 2010. Vaughn won the first heat with a mark of 11.37, which equaled Georgina Nembhard’s finish at the 2010 Spec Towns Invitational.

Freshman Rashan Brown teamed with Quintunya Chapman, Torrenzia Lyles and Taylor Hollingsworth to win the 4×400 relay in 3:46.55 to pick up a one-second victory.

Freshman Leontia Kallenou opened her Lady Bulldog career by grabbing the top collegiate finish in the high jump with a 5-10.75 on her first attempt. After redshirting the indoor season, Kallenou took over the No. 10 spot in the record books with a clearance of 5-10.75 on her first attempt.

Competing for the first time at the Spec Towns Track was sophomore transfer Charles Grethen. The 800 specialist won the men’s 1500 with a time of 3:55.75 after crossing the finish line first in the opening heat.

Junior Burke McCarty saved his top effort for his sixth and final throw in the discus and won with a mark of 180-10. After opening with a foul, McCarty improved 24 feet on his best throw during his first five attempts.

Opening his Bulldog outdoor career with the top collegiate finish in the shot put on Friday, freshman Ashinia Miller took second in the discus after his second throw measured 178-4 on Saturday.

In the 4×200 relay, Vincent, Calhoun, Evans and Smith had the top collegiate finish after registering a time of 1:24.21 for second place overall.

The Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Alabama Relays on March 22-23.

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