Georgia’s track and field teams completed competition at the Spec Towns National Team Invitational and Bulldog Decathlon as freshman high-jumper Morgann Leleux set a school record to highlight Saturday’s action.
Leleux, who had previously shared the record with Thorey Elisdottir at 14 feet, 3 ½ inches, cleared 14-4 on her second attempt to take over sole possession of the No. 1 spot and improve her No. 2 spot on the national performance list.
The Bulldogs recorded 12 top collegiate finishes on Saturday during the team’s second and final home meet of the year at the Spec Towns Track.
Following Leleux’s performance, sophomore walk-on Caleb Ebbets tied the fourth-best mark in school history on the men’s side after soaring over 17-5.50 on his first try. This is the 15th-best mark in the country this year and gave Ebbets a second-place finish on Saturday.
Sophomore Caleb Whitener exploded for a career-best in the shot put to pick up a three-foot victory. Whitener surged into the No. 4 spot in the school record books and the No. 9 spot on the national performance list when his fifth throw was measured at 61-11.75.
Junior Lucie Ondraschkova completed her seven events in the heptathlon with 5,427 points and won the competition over Alabama’s Kaylon Eppinger (5,345) by 82 points.
Ondraschkova opened the day by winning the long jump by nearly a foot. Ondraschkova took off for a top mark of 19-3.25 for 810 points, which is her best effort since winning the Georgia vs. Missouri last year. She took over the lead in the overall competition with her long jump finish.
In the javelin, Ondraschkova hit a personal-best distance of 128-2 on her second throw to score another 649 points. She edged Eppinger by four inches in the event to outscore her 649-648.
Ondraschkova then clinched the win after besting Eppinger by four seconds in the 800. Ondraschova finished her laps in 2:16.49 and added 884 points to her final total. This marks her second career collegiate victory in the heptathlon after she also finished first at last year’s Sea Ray Relays.
Freshman Allison Updike kept her streak alive of finishing in the top two during all four of her collegiate meets. After opening with a foul, Updike lifted her fifth attempt a personal-best distance of 167 feet to grab the top collegiate finish (second overall). She has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week for two consecutive weeks.
Freshman Tynia Gaither won the 100 for her first collegiate victory with a time of 11.87, which is just one hundredth of a second slower than her personal best.
Finishing just four-hundredths of a second from this career-best 400 time set at the 2011 Spec Towns meet, senior Torrin Lawrence won the event in his season debut with a time of 45.65. This time ties him for third on the current national performance list.
One of Lawrence’s training partners and his roommate, senior Phillip Adams, managed a personal-best time of 50.99 to earn the top collegiate finish and take second overall. His time is the third best in the SEC this year and gives him the 13th-best time of the year nationally. Former Bulldog All-American LaRon Bennett won outright with a finish of 50.45.
Freshman Chris Foster was the fifth collegiate finisher after clocking a time of 48.08.
In the women’s 400, freshman Quintunya Chapman was fifth with a personal-best time of 54.92.
Senior Aaron Evans also made his season debut in his featured event and came away with a win. Evans finished the 800 in 1:50.57 as Daniel Grass was fourth with a 1:52.54.
Junior Saniel Atkinson won her third meet of the year in the high jump after lifting herself over 5-10.75 on her first attempt. Atkinson was the runner-up in the triple jump on Friday after traveling 40-8.75. In her final home meet, senior Carin Walker was third with a clearance of 5-7.
Sophomore Braydon Anderson registered his second collegiate win in the javelin after ending his series with a toss measuring 213-4. Anderson, who suffered four fouls, topped his teammate Alex Giacomin (196) and senior Brian Moore, who fouled out of the competition.
Sophomore Burke McCarty is now 2-for-2 in discus competitions on his home track after winning with the second-longest throw of his career. McCarty unleashed a throw of 178-6 on his fourth attempt to tally a seven-foot victory. His junior teammate Petr Novotny was third (170-8).
Georgia also hosted an elite shot put competition with five potential 2012 Olympians. Training partners Adam Nelson and former Bulldogs All-American Reese Hoffa both reached 70 feet as Nelson claimed a narrow victory at 70-8 over Hoffa (70-6.25).
The Bulldogs went 1-2 in the 5000 with senior J.P. Hackney tallying the victory. Hackney clocked a 15:26.36 to edge Kyle James (15:26.44) as the pair ran together throughout the entire race.
The Georgia women had three competitors in the steeplechase and finished first through third. Erika Ramsey won with the 10th-fastest time in school history at 11:17.53 as Brooke Koblitz (11:44.96) and Gabby Fulton (11:49.17) finished second and third.
Freshman Carly Hamilton ran her first 1500 race at UGA and left with runner-up honors. Hamilton recorded a finish of 4:29.10, topping 17 other competitors.
In the men’s 200, sophomore Waymon Storey finished with the fastest time of his career (20.79) to take second.
Freshman Tynia Gaither dropped her career best to 24.17 to take third in the 200.
Jarryd Wallace, former Bulldog signee and son of Georgia women’s tennis coach Jeff Wallace, continued his pursuit of this summer’s Paralympics in London as he competed in both the 100 (11.99) and 200 (24.02).
Also of note, senior Aaron LaGarde finished third in the long jump (23-11.50) in his season debut in the event after having the top collegiate finish in the triple jump on Friday.
After a week off, Georgia returns to action for the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 26-28. Several Bulldog throwers will also be competing at the Triton Invitational in San Diego that same weekend.