Georgia Bulldogs track & field is in full swing, and the Georgia men and women posted their best ever combined finish in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend in Eugene, Oregon.
The Lady Bulldogs scored 35 points, thanks in part to two individual champions, to finish fifth behind Texas A&M (75), Texas (66), Oregon (59) and Florida (55). This is the best finish for the Georgia women since 1999 and their third best in history.
The Bulldog men, who also had an individual champion, finished sixth with 24 points as Oregon (88), Florida (70), Texas A&M (41.50), LSU (29) and USC (29) rounded out the top five. This is the best national finish indoors or outdoors for Georgia and their sixth top-10 outdoor finish (first since 1995).
The only other time both Georgia teams have finished in the top 10 outdoors in the same year was 1995. The Lady Bulldogs were third that year with 41.3 points and the men tied for 10th with 25 points.
“The scoreboard proves today that these teams, both men and women, are good teams,” Bulldog head coach Wayne Norton told Georgiadogs.com. “It’s not `well maybe’ or `if we could only do this’. We don’t have to worry about that anymore because we got the job done. I think we have arrived and most of our team gets it. We have some of the best athletes in the country and we proved it this week.”
Sophomore Leontia Kallenou claimed the first ever NCAA outdoor high jump title for the Lady Bulldogs. Kallenou had a national-leading mark of 6-3.50 heading into the meet and did not miss a single height until after she had locked down her second career national championship.
Freshman Kendell Williams won the heptathlon title, scoring 5,854 points to edge San Diego State senior Allison Reaser (5,836). Williams is the first freshman to win an NCAA title in the event since 2004 and only the third in history.
This is the first time the Georgia women have won two national championships in the same outdoor season since 1998 and only the third time in history (1998, 1987, all in the sprints).
In men’s competition, sophomore Maicel Uibo scored 8,182 points to win the NCAA decathlon title, giving the Bulldogs’ their first national crown in the event and first outdoor championship since 2009.
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