In preparation for the upcoming SEC Indoor Championships, the Georgia track and field teams sent split squads in three different directions to compete in the Husky Classic, the Tiger Paw Invitational, and the Tyson Invitational last weekend.
In Seattle, Brett Richardson carved his name into the Bulldog record books with the fifth-best 5,000-meter meet run time in school history, while Morgan VanGorder---yes, that VanGorder---recorded a personal-best 17:20.79 time in the women’s 5,000. The following day, Aaron Evans broke his own school record with a 1:47.88 800-meter run at the University of Washington meet, where Megan Malasarte carded a personal-best 2:07.76 in the women’s 800 to take fourth overall in Red and Black history.
In Clemson, Caleb Whitener took first place in the weight throw with a distance of 60’1.75” and Saniel Atkinson-Grier won the high jump with a distance of 5’8”. On Saturday, three female sprinters notched victories for the Bulldogs, as Quintunya Chapman ran the 400 in 56.91 seconds, Tynia Gaither ran the 200 in 24.38 seconds, and Chapman and Gaither combined with Atkinson-Grier and Taylor Hollingsworth to run the 4x400 relay in 3:54.15.
Finally, in Fayetteville, Torrin Lawrence ran a 46.53-second 400, posting his season-best time in the event, and Waymon Storey put up a career-best 21.12-second time in the 200. Replicating the ladies’ feat at Fort Hill, Lawrence and Storey teamed with Drew Branch and Chris Foster to post a first-place and season-topping 3:09.62 time in the 4x400 relay.
The SEC Indoor Championships get underway in Lexington on February 24.