Georgia records nation-leading times at Spec Towns National Invitational
ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia freshman Shaunae Miller clocked the national-leading time under all conditions in the 200 meters and Lucie Ondraschkova claimed the heptathlon title to lead the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon at Spec Towns Track.
Senior Lucie Ondraschkova set three personal bests and matched another to win the heptathlon by nearly 600 points. She scored 5,701 points, which is the third-best total in school history and gave her the fifth-best score in the nation this year. Her previous best was 5,467 set at the 2010 SEC Championships as a freshman.
"This was a really, really good meet for us," head coach Wayne Norton said. "The weather and the competition make all the difference, so those two things really turned out well for us at this meet. When I go back and start looking at results, I know that I'm going to start seeing a lot of very good marks. All we're trying to do now is get a collection of good marks so that we can put it together and start scoring later in the season. Not a lot of things went wrong for us [Saturday], so hopefully it will just continue to get better from here."
Ondraschkova clinched her second career victory in the heptathlon by winning the 800. By herself for all but 20 meters of the race, Ondraschkova completed her two laps in 2:15.61 to tally her final 884 points.
After getting within two inches of her personal best on her opening attempt in the long jump, Ondraschkova picked up a career-best mark on her third try to win. She traveled 20-1 to score 887 points and put her up by more than 300 points.
Ondraschkova pushed her lead to nearly 500 points after finishing first in the javelin. Her second attempt measured 123-1 to boost her total by 620 points.
In the 200 meters, NCAA indoor 400 meter champion Miller clocked the fastest time in the nation this season under all conditions at 22.41, easily claiming first place and moving into third all-time in UGA history. Tynia Gaither finished third overall in a career-best time of 23.21 to move into fifth all-time in school history.
Sophomore Drew Branch sped to a personal-best time of 50.60 to claim first place and move into fifth place all-time in the Georgia record books. He now owns the top time in the SEC this season and ranks fourth nationally.
The Bulldogs also went 1-2 in the men's shot put as two teammates reached the 62-foot mark. Junior Caleb Whitener answered an early challenge from his teammate Nick Venato win with a season-best mark of 62-7.75.
Vena finished second after the sophomore transfer finished his six throws with a personal-best mark of 62-5.25. This throw moves him from seventh to sixth on the school's all-time top-10 list.
Competing for the first time outdoors, freshman Chanice Porter finished second in the long jump with a mark that tied the No. 10 spot in the UGA record books. Porter soared 20-4.50 as she continues to train for the sweep of SEC titles in 2013.
Sophomore Morgann Leleux also reached a season-best mark of 14-2 to take home runner-up honors in the pole vault. Leleux was pushed to her final attempt at her last two heights cleared.
Racing in the 800 meters for the first time of the season, sophomore Carly Hamilton claimed first place with a time of 2:08.44, which shattered her previous top outdoor time of 2:16.98. Hamilton now ranks eighth all-time in Georgia's record books in the event.
In the men's 800 meters, senior Daniel Grass finished first overall with a new personal-best time of 1:49.46. This marks the first time of Grass' career that he has run under the 1:50 mark in the 800, and it now ranks him ninth all-time in school history.
Freshman Kisean Smith finished close behind in third place in the 800 meters with a personal-best time of 1:51.00, and Zane Coburn claimed fourth place with a time of 1:51.54 in his first 800-meter race of his collegiate career.
Freshman Jamario Calhounalso had a career-best mark of 23-6 for fifth place in the long jump.
In the high jump, freshman Leontia Kallenou cleared a personal-best height of 6-0 to take third place overall and move into a four-way tie for fifth place on the all-time school record charts.
The women's 4x100-meter relay team of Briana Vaughn, Tynia Gaither, Miller and Quintunya Chapman sped to a first-place finish with a time of 44.25, nearly an entire second ahead of second-place finisher South Carolina.
Emily Brewer turned in a season-best toss of 138-05 in the discus throw to place sixth overall.
A trio of Bulldogs competed in the 1500 meters, with Steven Spevacek finishing third overall in 4:00.11. Sean Brennan turned in a season-best time of 4:01.84 to place sixth and Brendan Hoban finished eighth overall in a time of 4:05.83.
Jared Dunn turned in a season-best mark of 14.88 in the 110 meter hurdles to place fifth overall, just narrowly missing his personal-best mark of 14.74 in the event.
Erika Ramsey sped to a career-best time of 4:38.44 to take third in the 1500 meters, while Victoria Coppage, Marion Kalafut and Lindsey Ebert placed fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.
In the 400 meters, Corey Ashbourne set a new personal-best with a time of 48.82 en route to finishing 12th overall. This marks the first time of Ashbourne's career that he has broken the 49-second mark.
A pair of Bulldogs claimed first and second place in the 100 meters, as Briana Vaughn raced to the win with a time of 11.46 seconds and Tynia Gaither followed close behind in 11.51. The time marked a new personal-best for Gaither, as she surpassed her previous top time of 11.86 and moved into 10th place all-time in the Georgia record books.
Johnathan Smith took second overall in the men's 100-meter dash, finishing in 10.23 seconds, which is just 0.03 seconds off his career-best time of 10.20. Pierce Vincentalso raced in the event, finishing 10th overall in 10.60 seconds.
In the men's discus throw, Burke McCarty finished fourth with a toss of 179-10, while Ray Drew made his season debut in the event with a mark of 146-06.
Freshman Maurice Freeman tied a career-best mark by clearing a height of 6-10.75 in the high jump to take third place. Freeman also cleared 6-10.75 earlier this season at the Georgia Relays.
Charlie Sparkstook first overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 9:43.23, finishing seven seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.