As you may have noticed lately, it's starting to feel a lot more like summer than spring. Thus, spring sports are all coming to a close as the University of Georgia hits its summer hibernation period before things start back up again in August and September.
Track and field is the only sport still competing for the Dawgs right now. 18 men, 13 women, and a pair of relay teams will get going tomorrow night in Jacksonville and run through Saturday. They will all be gunning for a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships on the University of Oregon campus June 11-14. Those competing will be...
Senior Johnathan Smith (100, 200), sophomore Maurice Freeman (200), freshman Reggie Glover (200), freshman Brandon Thompson (200), junior Charles Grethen (800), junior Brandon Lord (10,000, 5000), junior Luke Baker (10,000), junior Drew Branch (400 hurdles), junior Caleb Ebbets(pole vault), sophomore Jamario Calhoun (triple jump, long jump), senior Caleb Whitener (shot put), junior Nick Vena (junior), sophomore Ashinia Miller (shot put), freshman Alex Poursanidis (hammer throw), freshmanAlex Larsson (hammer throw) and junior Braydon Anderson (javelin) will be competing for the Bulldog men.
In addition, Georgia’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams have also qualified for the meet. Smith, Freeman, Glover, Thompson, Branch, Calhoun, freshman Ayrian Evans and freshman Derrick White will be joining forces to either run the relays or serve as alternates.
On the women’s side, senior Megan Malasarte (800), junior Carly Hamilton (1500), junior Bret McDaniel (steeplechase), senior Nicole DiMercurio (10,000, 5000), sophomore Leontia Kallenou (high jump), freshman Tatiana Gusin (high jump), sophomore Chanice Porter (long jump), senior Hilenn James (discus), senior Elizabeth Tepe (hammer throw), freshman Asianna Covington (hammer throw) and sophomore Freya Jones (javelin) will be gunning for their chance at the NCAA Championships.
Four Georgia team members are already qualified for Nationals in the multi-events and have opportunity to skip the Prelims. Freshman Kendell Williams (6,018 points) is the nation’s top-ranked heptathlete while junior Quintunya Chapman (5,659) is No. 7 on the national performance list.
For the men, junior Garrett Scantling (8,169) and sophomore Maicel Uibo (8,123) sit 1-2 in the national decathlon rankings. The 22 other top-ranked heptathletes and decathletes also advanced automatically.
Williams (high jump), Chapman (long jump), Scantling (javelin) and Uibo (pole vault) also qualified for Prelims in individual events and will continue to train for their trip to Eugene by competing in Jacksonville.
Meanwhile, Williams continued her amazing freshman year snagging SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year honors as Georgia's Alex Poursanidis won the same award on the men's side of things. Junior distance runner Brandon Lord won SEC Men's Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year, along with Arkansas' heptathlete Nathaneal Franks.
Sad news to report as softball fell in their Super Regional, junior Lauren Herring and senior Maho Kowase went down in the finals of the NCAAs as they sought Georgia's first ever women's doubles title, and golf struggled with the weather for 11th in the NCAAs.
Still on golf, Bubba Watson joined coach Chris Haack for a video interview on georgiadogs. Men's tennis has the country's second best incoming class, and congratulations to Marcus Giron of UCLA, Danielle Collins of Virgina, Tennessee's pair of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese, as well as Alabama's Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe on winning their NCAA tennis titles Monday.
And before we stop, we'd be remiss if we didn't point out a national champion winning group representing UGA. A pair of Dawgs got after that bass, winning the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship. Congratulations to Byron Kenney and William Treadwell for reeling in over 49 pounds of fish in two days to triumph over 160 other schools who competed in the event.