Georgia’s Shaunae Miller Headlines SEC Indoor Track Awards


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Georgia true freshman sprinter Shaunae Miller has been named the Southeastern Conference Women’s Freshman Runner of the Year to highlight UGA’s selections on the 2013 indoor track and field awards.

A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Miller was third in the women’s 400-meter dash to take third at the SEC Championships in a school-record time of 52.21. It marked the third time she has broken the Lady Bulldogs’ all-time mark in the event. Miller is currently the top freshman and fifth overall on the NCAA performance list in the 400.

Miller also ran a leg on Georgia’s distance medley relay team that set a school record at the SEC meet with a time of 11:25.25 to take fifth. She also has the second fastest 200 time in school history (23.26), which ranks her as the top freshman in the country and 10th overall.

With the NCAA Championships arriving on March 8-9 in Fayetteville, Ark., she will at least be competing in the 400 semifinals at 7:25 p.m. next Friday. Miller will also potentially be running a leg on Georgia’s distance medley relay, as the team attempts to qualify for nationals at Notre Dame’s Alex Wilson Invitational later today.

Georgia also had 11 team members named to the conference’s indoor postseason teams. The three SEC champions – sophomore Garrett Scantling (heptathlon), junior Hilenn James (shot put) and freshman Chanice Porter (long jump – were named First Team All-SEC.

Sophomore Charles Grethen (800), freshman Maicel Uibo (heptathlon), junior Caleb Whitener (shot put) and senior Lucie Ondraschkova (pentathlon) represented the Bulldogs as Second Team All-SEC members.

Finally, Ashinia Miller (shot put), Uibo, Shaunae Miller (400) and Porter were all included on the All-Freshman Team for being the top freshman finisher in their individual events.