UGA track and field teams sit atop point standings at SECs

LEXINGTON, KY. | Georgia’s track and field teams highlighted their third day by winning the program’s sixth individual title at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships on Saturday.

Sophomore Leontia Kallenou set a meet record after clearing a personal best 6 feet, 3-1/2 inches to win the high jump and add 10 more points to the Lady Bulldogs’ total.

The Bulldog men hold a 52-51 lead on Arkansas as Alabama (29) is in a distant third. The Georgia women are in second place with 54.50 points behind Arkansas (77) while Missouri is third with 51 points.

After senior Elizabeth Tepe won the Bulldogs’ fifth consecutive SEC women’s hammer throw on Thursday, men’s freshman Alex Poursanidis battled rainy, windy conditions on Friday to give UGA a SEC sweep in the event for the first time since Andras Haklits and Katie McCoy accomplished the feat in 2001 (Haklits and McCoy also both won in 2000).

Later on the second day, freshman Kendell Williams locked down the Lady Bulldogs’ first heptathlon crown since 2005 while sophomore Maicel Uibo won his second straight decathlon championship. Tepe, Williams and Uibo all set facility records with their performances.

Finally on Friday, junior Brandon Lord showcased a wire-to-wire victory in the 10,000 meters to give the Georgia men their first league crown in the event.

The Bulldogs have also had a total of six qualifiers for finals over the last two days. Junior Carly Hamilton made another step toward defending her title in the 1500 meters on Saturday and senior Johnathan Smith qualified for the finals in a second event, this time in the 100.

Senior Megan Malasarte (800), junior Charles Grethen (800), Smith (200) and junior Drew Branch (400 hurdles) all qualified on Friday.

Today, junior Braydon Anderson starts in the men’s javelin at 11 a.m. The running events start with the 4×100 relay finals at 2 p.m. on the meet’s final and deciding day.

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