All fourteen Georgia track and field members who qualified and were invited to the 2020 NCAA Indoor Championships have been declared All-Americans, according to an announcement from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) in conjunction with the Division I Track & Field Executive Committee.
Normal policies dictate that All-America honors are awarded based on classifications of performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships. First through eighth-place finishers are regularly deemed First Team All-Americans while ninth through 16th-place finishers earn the distinction of Second Team All-Americans.
This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the indoor season before the 2020 NCAA Indoor Championships began, all student-athletes listed on event official startlists will simply earn All-America honors rather than First or Second Team honors.
On the women’s side, seniors Kayla Smith (pole vault), Amber Tanner (800-meter run), junior Jessica Drop (5000m), sophomore Titiana Marsh (triple jump), freshmen Julia Fixsen (pole vault), Anna Hall (pentathlon, high jump), Jasmine Moore (triple jump, long jump) and Shelby Tyler (high jump) had advanced to Nationals and will be named All-Americans.
For the men, senior Darius Carbin (high jump), junior Johannes Erm (heptathlon), sophomores Elija Godwin (400m), Karel Tilga (heptathlon) and freshmen Matthew Boling (200-meter dash) and Kyle Garland (heptathlon) will receive the honor.
These 14 Bulldogs were in Albuquerque, N.M., prior to the start of the NCAA Indoor Championships during the second week in March when all NCAA events were cut short due to the virus. At the time, the Georgia women were ranked fourth and the Bulldog men were ranked fifth in the latest USTFCCCA polls.
Georgia pitcher Cole Wilcox has been named a Collegiate Baseball Second Team All-American, the publication announced Tuesday.
A 6-5, 232-pound native of Chickamauga, Ga., he was dominating in 2020, posting a 3-0 mark with a 1.57 ERA in four starts. He tallied 32 strikeouts and only two walks in 23 innings pitched for the Bulldogs that finished 14-4 and ranked as high as No. 2 nationally. The 2020 college baseball season was halted and ultimately canceled in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
One of Wilcox’s finest outings this past season came as part of a combined shutout of No. 17 Georgia Tech in Atlanta. He pitched seven innings of three-hit baseball with no walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts in a 12-0 rout. In his Bulldog career, Wilcox is 6-2 with a 3.37 ERA in 23 appearances including 10 starts.
A draft-eligible sophomore and accounting major, Wilcox is a consensus first round prospect for the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft. He is a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. He was a 2020 preseason third team All-America selection by Baseball America and was on the watch list for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award.