Georgia’s Denzel Comenentia competes in the hammer throw event during the Georgia Relays at Spec Towns Track on Friday, March 18, 2016, in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by David Barnes)
Georgia track and field junior Denzel Comenentia has been named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week following his showing at the Tiger Paw Invitational over the weekend, according to a league announcement.
Comenentia, a native of Amsterdam, gives Georgia five SEC weekly honors this season. Comenentia also won the award on Jan. 23 and has garnered two other SEC Athlete of the Week honors in his career.
Thanks in part to Comenentia’s performances, the Bulldogs remained No. 3 in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll.
Comenentia let go of four shot put attempts that would have been school records (all over 67 feet) to win the Tiger Paw meet, topping off with a mark of 67 feet, ¾ inches on his third try. His winning mark surpassed Ashinia Miller’s school record effort of 66-7.75 thrown in 2015.
Comenentia improved his lead in the SEC, holding off South Carolina senior Josh Awotunde (66-10.50) at the meet, and bettered his No. 2 spot on the national list. Comenentia returned to have his second effort in the weight throw this season over 72 feet, going 72-1 for fourth place. He remains fifth on the national list and second on the SEC’s list in the weight.
The Bulldogs start the postseason at the SEC Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas, on Feb. 24-25. The NCAA Championships will also be on Texas A&M’s campus and arrive on March 9-10.