The Georgia men’s and women’s track & field teams qualified 14 student-athletes in 10 different events for the NCAA Indoor Championships to be held March 10th-11th in College Station, TX.
The top 16 in each event nationwide advance to the NCAA Championships during the indoor season. The Southeastern Conference Championships, along with many of the other conference meets across the country, were held this past weekend. The Lady Bulldogs finished fourth and the Georgia men were sixth.
The second-ranked Lady Bulldogs had seniors Tatiana Gusin (high jump), Kendell Williams (long jump, pentathlon) and Shelby Ashe (weight throw), juniors Mady Fagan (high jump) and Keturah Orji (long jump, triple jump), sophomore Kate Hall (long jump) and freshman Louisa Grauvogel (pentathlon) finish in the top 16 in their respective events.
The fifth-ranked Georgia men will travel seniors Devon Williams (heptathlon) and Alex Poursanidis (weight throw), junior Karl Saluri (heptathlon), sophomores Kendal Williams (60-meter dash), Keenon Laine (high jump) and Denzel Comenentia (shot put) and freshman Darius Carbin (high jump) to Texas A&M’s campus for the indoor finale.
Kendell Williams has won the last three NCAA pentathlon titles with collegiate record scores. After finishing second in 2015, Orji won the 2016 NCAA triple jump championship before winning her second national outdoor title in a row. Gusin, who was this year’s SEC runner-up in the high jump, finished second at Nationals last year while Fagan, who won the 2016 SEC indoor title, was the runner-up at last year’s NCAA outdoor meet. Hall earned Second Team All-America honors at Iowa State last year as a freshman before transferring to Georgia. Ashe and Grauvogel will be making their debut at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Devon Williams, who won his first SEC heptathlon title last weekend, was a First Team All-American in the indoor combined events in 2015 and is the national leader going into NCAAs. Kendal Williams goes into the meet as the national leader in the 60m and was a Second Team All-American indoors as a freshman in 2015 while running for Florida State. Saluri was the only Bulldog to score at both the 2016 NCAA indoor and outdoor meets, taking seventh in the heptathlon and decathlon. Comenentia, a January 2016 enrollee, scored with an eighth-place finish at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships. A 2014 outdoor First Team All-American in the hammer, Poursanidis has clinched a spot at his first indoor Nationals with a series of personal bests in the weight. Laine was eighth in the high jump outdoors for Western Kentucky in 2016 but this will be his first trip to the NCAA indoor meet. Carbin will be making his first trip to the NCAA Championships.
Georgia sent 11 team members to compete at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Championships. The Lady Bulldogs finished third for the third consecutive year with a school record 45 points and had Kendell Williams and Orji win individual crowns. The Georgia men tied for 24th with nine points as returners Saluri and Comenentia, along with 2016 senior Garrett Scantling, both finished in the top eight to score.
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