Taking part in the season’s second indoor meet, the Georgia track and field team competed as one of twelve squads participating in the Auburn Invitational in Birmingham (which I always thought Auburn fans thought was an Alabama town, but the Tigers’ use of the Magic City as a host site for one of their events indicates otherwise). The Bulldogs joined Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, and Tennessee among the entrants.
A pair of Athenians finished in the top four in the weight throw on Friday, with sophomore Justin Welch winning the event with a hurl of 65 feet, seven and a half inches. Two more Georgia wins followed on Saturday, as senior Aaron Evans, one of two Bulldogs to finish in the top five in the 800-meter run, came in first with a time of 1:52.29. Morgann Leleux, who arrived at the Birmingham Crossplex as the current SEC freshman of the week, topped all competing collegians in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 13 feet, seven and a quarter inches.
Senior Torrin Lawrence, the SEC men’s runner of the week, came in second in the 400-meter dash with a 47.53 time. A busy weekend of Red and Black athletics culminated with freshman Tynia Gaither turning in a 200-meter dash time in her first intercollegiate action that placed her in the top ten all-time in school history. Though Gaither’s 24.15 lap time placed her second in her heat, it was good enough for sixth place in the Georgia record book.