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T/F: Georgia’s Marc Minichello collected the second javelin title of his career on opening day at the NCAA Outdoor Championships

Marc Minichello >>> Photo: Rob Davis/UGAAA

 Georgia track and field graduate transfer Marc Minichello collected the second javelin title of his career to highlight the opening day of action at the NCAA Outdoor Championships Wednesday as the Bulldogs moved into an early second place.

Fast Facts





  • Minichello, a native of West Pittston, Pa., earned his third First Team All-America certificate in the event and his second javelin crown after also placing first for Penn in 2022.  Minichello set the tone in the javelin on his opening toss, going 78.33 meters/257 feet.  This mark would have given him runner-up honors after six throws.  Then, Minichello launched a second attempt of 80.70m/264-9 to distance himself from the field.  His championship is the first for the Bulldogs in the event after school record holder Chris Hill went back-to-back in 2008-09.  Minichello started his career by taking 17th at the NCAA Championships for Penn in 2019.

  • Also in the throws, graduate transfer Alex Kolesnikoff recorded the first outdoor First Team All-America certificate in the shot put to three more points on the scoreboard for the Bulldogs.  Kolesnikoff, a native of Strathfield, Australia, opened his series in the shot put with a mark of 19.70m/64-7.75.  This performance delivered the Harvard graduate sixth place a year after he finished ninth for the Crimson.  Kolesnikoff completed the indoor-outdoor First Team All-America sweep with his showing Wednesday.  The native of Strathfield, Australia, opened his series in the shot put with a mark of 19.70m/64-7.75.  This performance delivered the Harvard graduate sixth place a year after he finished ninth for the Crimson. 
  • Sophomore Christopher Morales Williams won the 400-meter dash semifinal with his fourth sub-45 second finish of 2024 to advance to Friday’s final.  Morales Williams came out of the opening heat in lane six and won with the fastest qualifying time of the semifinal (44.96).  He will race in the 400m final on Friday at 10:02 p.m.





Key Quotes 

Marc Minichello

“The emotions were there today and it was a long time coming.  This year, we are really putting the pieces together and I am proud to be a Georgia Bulldog.  To take the crown back, that’s what our goal has been.  It’s so hard to do something a second time.  There is a banner out there at Hayward Field that says ‘Champions Win Here’ and that gave me a lot of confidence.”

Up Next
Georgia will continue day two action of the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field on Thursday.  Graduate transfer Stephanie Ratcliffe, who won the 2023 NCAA hammer throw title for Harvard, will attempt to defend her championship on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET.  On the track, sophomore Aaliyah Butler, sophomore Kaila Jackson, freshman Karsen Phillips and graduate transfer Kimberly Harris are expected to run in the semifinal round of the 4x100m relay at 8:32 p.m.

BSB:  Charlie Condon named finalist for the 2024 Golden Spikes Award

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Georgia’s All-America third baseman/outfielder Charlie Condon has been named a finalist for the 2024 Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced Wednesday.

Condon, the 2024 SEC Player of the Year, is one of three student-athletes up for the award which is given annually to the nation’s top amateur baseball player. The 46th Golden Spikes Award will be presented on June 22 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN ahead of game one of the College World Series Finals. The other finalists are Travis Bazzana (Oregon State) and Hagen Smith (Arkansas).

A 6-6, 216-pound native of Marietta, Ga., Condon leads the NCAA in batting (.445), home runs (a BBCOR-era record 36), slugging percentage (1.036), total bases (228), hits (98) and OPS (1.602). He ranks third in on-base percentage (.566) and has drawn a team-high 55 walks, including 27 intentional free passes. He had a seven multi-home run games and homered in eight consecutive contests from April 26-May 9, one shy of the NCAA record. He has made starts at third base, first base and all three outfield positions for the seventh-seeded Bulldogs who are 42-15 and begin a Super Regional Saturday versus 10th-seed N.C. State at Foley Field.

“It’s a huge honor to be a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award,” said Condon. “It might be an individual award, but there’s a lot of people that have supported me and allowed me to be the best version of myself. Without the guys behind me, and the guys in the locker room and what we have going on here, I’m nothing special. I owe a lot of credit to them, and they are going to continue to be the heartbeat of this team, and I’m happy to be a part of it.”

Condon becomes the fifth Bulldog in school history to be named a finalist, joining pitcher Cris Carpenter (1987), pitcher/designated hitter Derek Lilliquist (1987), pitcher Dave Fleming (1990) and shortstop Gordon Beckham (2008). Condon was a semifinalist for the 2023 Golden Spikes Award (won by LSU’s Dylan Crews) when he was the consensus National Freshman of the Year and capped his first year playing for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team last summer. A member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Condon is a finance major.

Fan voting will again play a part in the Golden Spikes Award in 2024. Baseball fans can vote for their favorite player on GoldenSpikesAward.com, beginning today until June 21.

Here is the latest 2024 Golden Spikes Award timeline:

June 5: Golden Spikes Award finalists announced, fan voting begins

June 21: Golden Spikes Award finalists fan voting ends

June 22: Golden Spikes Award winner announced

A final ballot will be sent to the Golden Spikes Award voting body consisting of national baseball media, select professional baseball personnel and USA Baseball staff, and the previous winners of the award, totaling a group of more than 100 voters. From Wednesday, June 5, to Monday, June 10, the voting body will cast their final vote for the Golden Spikes Award winner and fan voting will simultaneously be open on GoldenSpikesAward.com.

College Football Playoff announced dates, kick times and broadcast info for the ’24-’25 playoff

The College Football Playoff (CFP) has announced dates, kick times and broadcast information for the 2024-25 playoff, the first year of the expanded 12-team format.

The exclusive home of the CFP since its inception in 2015, ESPN has expanded its current package through the 2025-26 season, adding all four games of the new CFP First Round each year to ESPN’s existing New Year’s Six games (now Playoff Quarterfinals and Playoff Semifinals) and the CFP National Championship. In May, ESPN announced a five-year agreement with TNT Sports to sublicense select College Football Playoff (CFP) games beginning with the upcoming college football season.

The inaugural 12-team College Football Playoff will begin with the first CFP First Round game on Friday, December 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN. First round action will continue on Saturday, December 21, as TNT Sports will present games at noon and 4 p.m., while ABC and ESPN will broadcast the third-game of Saturday’s triple-header at 8 p.m. Each of the four first round games will be played on campuses to be announced on Selection Day, December 8.

ESPN will present each of the four Playoff Quarterfinals, the two Playoff Semifinals and the 2025 CFP National Championship, slated for Monday, January 20 at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This marks the first time the CFP National Championship has returned to a city for a second game, after Atlanta hosted the title contest in 2018.

The CFP has contributed to the most-watched days in ESPN’s nearly 45-year history, led by the first Playoff Semifinals in 2014-15 boosting ESPN to 11.6 million average viewers for New Year’s Day. The Playoff Semifinals in 2018, 2022 and 2024 anchored ESPN in rounding out the top four complete-day audiences in network history. College football on ESPN accounts for the top 15 and more than 50 of the top 100 most-watched cable programs on record (since 1987), with eight of the top 10 directly from Playoff Semifinals or national championship games. In 2023-24, ESPN’s expansive coverage of the 10th CFP delivered a record year. The three-game CFP scored its most-watched matchups in six years (since Year 4) and third-best of the CFP era with 23.6 million viewers and 15 percent year-over-year audience
growth across the trio of games.

The CFP National Championship and New Year’s Six averaged 15.1 million viewers, the best
audience in five years and fifth-highest in the 10-year history of the CFP, up double digits year-over-year.

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