We'll open this morning in lovely Jacksonville, Florida. The home of the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is treating us Georgia folk better in recent times, and that includes yesterday's NCAA East Preliminary. Congratulations to senior and former Marine Elizabeth Tepe (hammer), juniors Brandon Lord (10,000 meters) and Nick Vena (shot put), and sophomores Freya Jones (javelin) and Chanice Porter (long jump) all earned their way to Eugene, Oregon in two weeks when the University of Oregon hosts the NCAA Championships. Jones, from the southern coast of England, will be looking for back to back NCAA titles after last year's victory on the Ducks' campus.
The competition continues today and tomorrow as more Dawgs look to join those five, plus already qualified decathletes Garrett Scantling and Maicell Uibo and heptathletes Quintunya Chapman and Kendell Williams.
Georgia announced a trio of honors off the diamond this past week. Freshman pitcher Robert Tyler got an invite to the camp for Team USA, and sophomore softballers Alex Hugo and Chelsea Wilkinson were named first and second team All-Americans. 3B Hugo led the nation in HRs, tying an SEC single season record with 25.
Oh, and if you thought PWG was just a joke, the head of SEC officiating kind of confirmed they call holding only on a select few (h/t to the Senator). Which anyone who has watched a few SEC football games over the last few years could already have told you, but it is nice of him to confirm all our suspicions.