Despite less than ideal conditions on Saturday, the UGA track and field teams finished with a strong performance at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville, VA.
Georgia, along with its competition, was faced to compete with temperatures in the low 50s along with a chilly wind and rain throughout the second day of competition.
Junior Mady Fagan won her second consecutive meet of the season in the high jump with a second attempt clearance at 6-0. Fagan remains second on the 2017 national list.
Finishing second behind Fagan was junior Tatiana Gusin, who was also the 2017 NCAA indoor runner-up. Gusin went over the bar at 5-10.75 on her first try.
On the men’s side, sophomore Keenon Laine took second in the high jump, clearing 6-11.50 on his second attempt, while freshman Darius Carbin (6-9.50) was third.
Senior Kendell Williams continued her training for the heptathlon in the postseason by being the top collegiate finisher (second overall) in the 100m hurdles. She ran a 13.36 as she prepares to defend her NCAA heptathlon title.
Meanwhile, freshman Louisa Grauvogel also continued her heptathlon training by placing 10th in the long jump, soaring 18 feet and half an inch.
Senior Sid Vaughn won the men’s 10,000-meter run with a 29:08.11. Vaughn’s time is a 32-second improvement on his personal best, which was set in 2016. His time also launched him to second place on the school’s top-10 list in the event. The school record is 28:48.78, set by Ian Burrell in 2007.
Bryan Kamau finished sixth in the men’s 10,000 in 29:51.03, while junior Jon Moses placed 17th in 30:24.59, sophomore Eric Westog finished 22nd in 30:49.85 and freshman Stephen Martinez earned 24th in 30:52.36. Kamau’s time, a new personal best, moves him to ninth on the school’s top-10 list in the event.
Senior Asianna Covington launched a season-best throw on her fourth attempt in the hammer. Her throw of 200-9 earned her fourth place in the event. Meanwhile, junior Anna Machovec won the women’s shot put with a personal-best throw of 48-0.75.
In the women’s 5,000-meter run, freshman Jessica Drop finished eighth in a personal best 16:12.09. Drop’s time leads the Lady Bulldogs in the event this season and is second on the school’s top-10 list in the event. Her performance is the first change to the top-10 list in the event since 2014.
In the women’s javelin invite, freshman Tairyn Montgomery placed second with a throw of 157-11.
Junior Morgan Ainslie lowered her season-best time to 4:32.54 in the women’s 1,500 meters, which placed her 48th.
The Bulldogs return to action for the inaugural Torrin Lawrence Memorial in Athens on Saturday, May 6.