UGA’s Hamilton sets school record at Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa — Georgia sophomore Carly Hamilton topped a 29-year-old school record Saturday with the fastest time in the nation this year during the final day of the 104th running of the Drake Relays.

Hamilton shaved five seconds off her personal best in the 1,500-meter run to register a Drake Relays record with a 4:12.15. This is the nation’s fastest time this season by a second and a half and improves Linda Detlefsen’s mark of 4:15.25 set at the 1984 SEC Championships by more than three seconds.

Hamilton now has one of the world’s top-20 fastest times in 2013.

Despite having four new faces on the relay, the Bulldogs won their second consecutive sprint medley relay at the Drake meet to be the other Georgia win on Saturday. Freshman Pierce Vincent, senior Daniel Grass, sophomore Drew Branch and sophomore Charles Grethen clocked a 3:17.72 to finish first by half a second.

Grass returned in the 800 to take seventh with a time of 1:50.81, which is the second-fastest finish of his career.

Quintunya Chapman, Rashan Brown, Shaunae Miller and Megan Malasarte combined in the spring medley relay to take second with a time of 3:46.02.

In the 4×100 relay, freshman Briana Vaughn, Brown, Miller and Chapman had a third-place finish in the finals after registering a time of 44.64.

On the men’s side, freshman Jamario Calhoun, junior Johnathan Smith, freshman Pierce Vincent and sophomore Justin-Scott Wesley were fifth in the 4×100 finals after recording a season-best time of 40.23.

Junior Elizabeth Tepe also launched her sixth attempt in the hammer throw 196 feet, 6 inches, which is the second-best meet of her career. She was the top SEC finisher and sixth overall.

Also of note, Scott-Wesley finished eighth in the finals of the 100 after speeding to a 10.61 finish.

Georgia returns to action at the SEC Championships in Columbia, Mo., on May 9-12.