TRACK & FIELD: Dawgs Excel in Three Separate Meets

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TRACK & FIELD: Dawgs Excel in Three Separate Meets

Asianna Covington throws the hammer (Photo by John Kelley)
 
 
The Bulldogs featured a variety of highlights during the second days of the Samford Open in Birmingham, Ala., the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash., and the Music City Challenge in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday.
 
 
This marked the final weekend of regular season meets before the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships arrive in Fayetteville, Ark., on Feb. 26-27.
 
 
At the CrossPlex facility in Birmingham, senior Shelby Ashe improved her No. 21 mark on the national list and third spot on the SEC list with a win in the weight throw. She improved her No. 4 mark on Georgia’s all-time top-10 list with a mark of 66 feet, 9 ¾ inches, which was the top effort for a Lady Bulldogs since Jenny Dahlgren set a school record of 78-10.50 in 2006.
 
 
Also in the weight, sophomore Asianna Covington took third with a toss of 63-8.25.
 
 
Fellow senior Ashley Henry relocated herself to No. 6 in the school record books with the best 400 time for Georgia since Shaunae Miller set a UGA record of 50.88 in 2013. Henry clocked a 53.86 to finish second.
 
 
The Georgia women finished second and third in the 60 finals. Senior Chanice Porter, who came into the weekend ranked in the top five nationally in both the long and high jumps, ran a 7.58 for runner-up honors as she continued her training. Sophomore Katie Stone matched her career best with a 7.58 to finish third.
 
 
True freshman Denzel Comenentia followed up his first collegiate victory on Friday with a third-place finish in the shot put (59-8.25) on Saturday.
 
 
Georgia had a flurry of personal bests in the 3000 to leave with five top-10 finishes. Allie Castro (10:14.29), Kingsley Green (10:15.31) and Lauren Hovis (10:16.31) went 4-6-7 on the women’s side while Morgan Malanoski (8:33.31) finished fourth and Michael Giuliano (8:37.86) took seventh for the men.
 
 
Also of note, freshman Mary Terry cleared 5-5 on her first try to finish third in the high jump.
 
 
Back on the track, senior Jimmy Hicks left the facility with a third-place finish in the mile (4:15.14).
 
 
The only four Bulldogs to travel to Nashville left with the sixth-best 4×400 relay time in school history. Ayrian Evans, Derrick White, Maurice Freeman and Raytez Jenkins combined to run a 3:08.44 to win their event and move to 13th on the national list.
 
 
Many miles to the northwest, a number of Bulldogs posted strong finishes at the Husky Classic. Senior Kisean Smith left with his second 1:48 of the year in the 800 after finishing second with a 1:48.94. In the same race, senior Christian Harrison bettered his No. 7 spot on the Bulldogs’ all-time top-10 list with a 1:49.35 for sixth place.
 
 
Sophomore Bryan Kamau registered Georgia’s best time in the mile since 2008. Kamau ran a 4:06.68 and was 26th in the in the 76-man race.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.