TRACK: Georgia Sending 12 to NCAA Indoor Championships

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TRACK: Georgia Sending 12 to NCAA Indoor Championships

Petros Kyprianou

Georgia’s track and field teams have qualified 12 entries for next week’s NCAA Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Ala.

Five Bulldog men in a total of five different events and six Georgia women in a total of six events will be representing the sixth-ranked UGA men and the eight-ranked UGA women on March 8-9 in the CrossPlex facility.

The Lady Bulldogs are the defending NCAA indoor champions while the Georgia men had a record-breaking third-place finish before winning the program’s first national outdoor team crown last June.

Here is a breakdown of the Bulldog qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor Championships:

Lynna Irby

WOMEN

  • Sophomore Lynna Irby: No. 1 seed in the 400-meter dash with a season best 52.02 set to win the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships; also ran the anchor leg on the 4x400m relay that has qualified for Nationals with a school record time of 3:31.97 to take fifth at SECs; finished third in the 400m at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships.
  • Junior Amber Tanner: No. 16 seed in the 800-meter run with a personal record of 2:05.59 to take third at the SEC meet; ran the third leg on the 4x400m relay that has qualified for Nationals with a school record time of 3:31.97 to take fifth at SECs; this will mark her first appearance at the NCAA Championships.
  • Junior Micaiah Ransby, freshman Sterling Lester: Ran the first and second legs, respectively, on the No. 6 seed 4x400m relay that has qualified for Nationals with a school record time of 3:31.97 to take fifth at SECs; both will be debuting at the NCAA Championships.
  • Freshman Titiana Marsh: No. 5 seed in the triple jump after traveling a personal record of 44 feet, 3 ¼ inches to taking fourth at the SEC Championships; will be making her first appearance at Nationals.
  • Sophomore Aliyah Whisby: No. 2 seed in the pentathlon thanks to her score of 4,372 points to be the top collegiate finisher at the Bob Pollock Invitational; scored 4,305 for runner-up honors at SECs; No. 16 seed in the high jump as well after reaching 5-11.50 to win the pentathlon high jump at SECs; will be debuting at the NCAA Indoor Championships after competing for Kennesaw State at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships before transferring to UGA.

MEN

  • Sophomore Johannes Erm: No. 1 seed in the heptathlon after winning his second consecutive SEC indoor meet with a personal record of 5,996 points; finished fourth in the event at last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships.
  • Senior Denzel Comenentia: No. 3 seed in both the shot put and weight throw; won the second SEC indoor shot title of his career this year and had a school record mark of 67-11.75 to finish first in the Tyson Invitational in 2019; was runner-up in the weight at SECs and has a personal record of 77-2 at the site of the NCAA meet in Birmingham earlier this season at the UAB Blazer Invitational; took second in the shot and sixth in the weight at last year’s Nationals.
  • Senior Michael Nicholls: No. 5 seed in the 60m hurdles after speeding to a school record of 7.67 at the 2019 Clemson Invitational; was fourth at this year’s SECs thanks to a time of 7.78; finished seventh in the event at the 2018 NCAA indoor meet.
  • Senior Keenon Laine: No. 4 seed in the high jump thanks to a school record clearance of 7-5.75 for runner-up honors at the SEC Championships; was sixth at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships.
  • Junior Darius Carbin: No. 8 seed in the high jump after going over the bar at 7-5 earlier this year at the Tyson Invitational; finished seventh in the event at the 2019 SEC Indoor Championships, registering a mark of 7-1; also was seventh at last year’s Nationals.

Following the NCAA Championships, the outdoor season begins immediately at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta on March 15-16.

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