Jun 11, 2014; Eugene, OR, USA; Nick Vena of Georgia places third in the shot put at 66-1 3/4 (20.36m) in the 2014 NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Track & Field: Dawgs Dominate Decathlon and Heptathlon

When Maicel Uibo captured the NCAA Decathlon championship and Kendell Williams captured the NCAA heptathlon championship at the ongoing NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene Oregon, Bulldog multi-event competitors completed a historic two year drive that will likely continue into next season.

Call Georgia Mutli-Event U, and don’t smile.

Maicel Uibo’s 2014 NCAA decathlon title gives the Bulldog’s their first national crown in the event.  Junior Garrett Scantling complemented Uibo’s performance by taking fourth in the decathlon.

With her 2014 NCAA heptathlon championship, Kendell Williams is the first freshman to win an NCAA title in the heptathlon since Jackie Johnson in 2004 and only the third ever.

And perhaps most remarkable of all, while still in her first year of heptathlon competition, Junior Quintunya Chapman surprised all with a sixth-place NCAA heptathlon finish.

During the 2013 and 2014 track seasons, Georgia Track and Field has enjoyed an unprecedented surge in the men’s heptathlon (indoor) and decathlon (outdoor) and the women’s pentathlon (indoor) and heptathlon (outdoor.)

The Bulldogs first lifted eyebrows in multi-event competition with first, second and fourth place finishes in the heptathlon (Garrett Scantling, Maicel Uibo, and Devon Williams) and a second place finish in the Pentathlon (Lucie Ondraschkova) at the 2013 SEC Indoor Championships

The efforts were validated at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships when Scantling and Uibo placed 3-4, respectively, in the heptathlon and Ondraschkova posted a personal-best score to take third in the pentathlon.

With Georgia’s multi-event leaders returning for the 2014 track seasons there was reason for optimism. However, Scantllng was forced to redshirt during the 2014 indoor season due to injury.

Despite the loss of Scantling, the 2014 Indoor season arrived with Georgia sporting three multi-event competitors ranked in the top 3 nationally: now sophomore Uibo third ranked  (second in the SEC) now senior Ondraschkova second, and 18 year-old freshman Kendall Williams sat at number one.

At the SEC 2014 Indoor Track Championships, the Georgia women’s track and field team surpassed expectations with three competitors scoring in the pentathlon. Williams placed second behind defending NCAA Champion Erica Bougard of Mississippi State, Ondraschkova placed second and Junior Quintunya Chapman, competing in only her second pentathlon, contributed a point to the Bulldog team effort by finishing eighth.

With Uibo claiming the 2014 SEC heptathlon title after Scantling’s 2013 championship, the Bulldogs bagged back-to-back heptathlon championships.

The Bulldog multi-event push continued at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships. Williams claimed her first NCAA pentathlon championship and Ondraschkova placed fourth. Uibo placed second in the heptathlon.

Nice work, but as the saying goes you hadn’t seen nothin’ yet.

At the 2014 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Georgia swept the decathlon and heptathlon. It was the first time in SEC history that any school has had the first and second finishers in both multi-events and the first time since 2007 that both winners came from the same school (Tennessee).

Kendell Williams claimed the Lady Bulldogs’ first SEC heptathlon crown since 2005 while sophomore Maicel Uibo won his second straight SEC decathlon championship. Chapman – still in her first year of multi-event competition – placed second in heptathlon. Williams and Uibo all set facility records with their performances.

With history already made, the multi-event Bulldogs took their show in the road to Eugene Oregon for this week’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. They did not disappoint.

Every multi-event Bulldog competing at the NCAA meet was an undergraduate. Stay tuned.

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