Georgia’s track and field teams traveled to Fayetteville, Ark., on Thursday in anticipation for this weekend’s historic Razorback Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
[su_spacer size=”40″] T.V. For First Time: The Razorback meet will be the first televised regular season collegiate track and field meet. The meet will be broadcast live Saturday, starting with the 400-meter dash Invitational, on the SEC Network from 1:30 p.m. ET to approximately 5:30 p.m. Coverage will also include the 200, distance medley relay, high jump, long jump and pole vault from the Friday evening session. Live streaming will be available on Friday on the SEC Network+ from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Meet #4 Starts . . . : The pentathlon (60 hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, 800) for the women is set to begin at 12 p.m. on Friday while the first four events of the heptathlon (60, long jump, shot put, high jump) for the men will start at 12:15 p.m. The open events on the meet’s first day are scheduled to crank up at 4 p.m.
[su_spacer size=”40″] On Saturday, the heptathlon’s final three events (60 hurdles, pole vault, 1000) will begin at 12 p.m. with a start time coming for the open events at 12:15 p.m.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Kyprianou’s Comments: “I told the team last weekend at Kentucky that the meet was simply a warm-up for the Razorback meet,” said Bulldog head coach Petros Kyprianou, whose teams will face Southeastern Conference foes Arkansas, LSU, Florida and Texas A&M, among other top-ranked teams, over the weekend. “What I meant by that is that this meet in Arkansas is basically the NCAA and SEC preview, especially with seven SEC teams ranked in the top 10 being in Fayetteville. This meet will be televised and be a complete one with the combined events and the open events.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] Kyprianou’s teams, who will also be squaring off versus the fifth-ranked Oregon men and women and the 16th-ranked Oklahoma State meet, told his team that the time has arrived to turn the intensity up.
[su_spacer size=”40″] “I told our crew that this is the ‘go’ time. It’s like having a computer with 10 buttons on it. Nine of them are the open buttons where you just push them and go like normal. The 10th one is the red one with the cover on it. It’s time to uncover it and give it a little tap. Our teams understand this will be the stiffest competition other than our two Championships and so they have to show up and give it the best they can give.”
[su_spacer size=”40″] Where The Bulldogs Rank: The Georgia women are ranked second in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll. The Bulldog men are ranked seventh nationally going into the meet. The women’s ranking matches the team’s top final NCAA indoor finish in history while the men’s top final ranking of all-time is sixth.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Who Is Representing The Red And Black: The following Lady Bulldogs are traveling: graduate student Xenia Rahn, seniors Chanice Porter, Ashley Henry, Shelby Ashe, juniors Kendell Williams, Leontia Kallenou, Georgia Stefanidi, Tatiana Gusin, Freya Jones, sophomores Keturah Orji, Katie Stone, Emily Savage, Devon Artis, Morgan Ainslie, Hailey Branch, Mady Fagan, Asianna Covington, Aliyah Johnson and Natalie Bordes.
[su_spacer size=”40″] The following Georgia men will be joining them on Arkansas’ campus: seniors Ashinia Miller, Ayrian Evans, Christian Harrison, Kisean Smith, Jimmy Hicks, Steven Spevacek, Zack Sims, Garrett Scantling, Maicel Uibo, juniors Maurice Freeman, Reggie Glover, Alex Poursanidis, Morgan Malanoski, Sid Vaughn, Devon Williams, sophomores Bryan Kamau, Raytez Jenkins, Karl Saluri, freshmen Denzel Comenentia and Jeramey Hampton.
[su_spacer size=”40″] #MultisU: The Bulldogs have been dominant in the combined events over the last three years. Georgia has recorded a combined 19 First Team All-America certificates, including five NCAA titles, set two collegiate final score records and eight SEC individual championships in the multi-events during that stretch.
[su_spacer size=”40″] This weekend, Kendell Williams and Lady Bulldog newcomer Xenia Rahn will open in the pentathlon while Uibo, Scantling and Devon Williams will open in the heptathlon. Four of those listed above are responsible for a majority of the aforementioned accolades. Rahn came to Georgia from North Carolina where she was a three-time First Team All-American, including third in the pentathlon at last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Bulldog Indoor Debuts: Jones, who is a three-time First Team All-American outdoors in the javelin and the 2013 NCAA champion in her featured event, was scheduled to compete indoors for the first time at Kentucky last weekend. However, she was resting a minor injury and sat out. On Saturday, she is scheduled to compete in the shot put – also a first at UGA.
[su_spacer size=”40″] The men do not have any first-timers scheduled to compete in Arkansas. At Kentucky, Comenentia threw the shot put for the first time in his collegiate debut and finished with the nation’s ninth-longest throw this year (63 feet) and vaulted to sixth on the Bulldogs’ all-time top-10 list. The Amsterdam, Netherlands, native was named the SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week for his performance.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Usual Stop For the Bulldogs: Georgia very rarely, if ever, gets through an indoor season without one stop in Arkansas’ Randal Tyson Track Center. In addition to this weekend’s Razorback meet, the Bulldogs will also join the rest of the league at the SEC Indoor Championships on February 26-27.
[su_spacer size=”40″] In 2015, Georgia competed twice in the Razorbacks’ facility during the Tyson Invitational and the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Lady Bulldogs set two school records and a collegiate record at last year’s indoor Nationals and won a pair of NCAA titles in the high jump and pentathlon. Scantling also established a new school record in the heptathlon on his way to national runner-up honors.
[su_spacer size=”40″] In fact, the Bulldog men and women have combined to create 91 entries on their all-time top-10 indoor lists from Arkansas since 2000. The Lady Bulldogs have set a total of nine school records there and the Georgia men have established four new No. 1 marks in the Bulldog record books.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Last time in Fayetteville, the Georgia women edged Florida by one point for third place at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships with 37 points. The Bulldog men scored 12 points to tie for 15th.
[su_spacer size=”20″] Where To Find Results, News: Live stats and full results from the Razorback Invitational will be posted at georgiadogs.com.
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