Georgia claimed their first ever national title in the decathlon, as the men's track and field program has it's first outdoor champion since 2009 in sophomore Maicel Uibo. The Estonia native won the SECs last year, and the SEC indoors in the heptathlon this year. He and junior Garrett Scatling were the top 2 rated decathletes in college this year, and the two young men finished 1st and 4th for Georgia. Their total sits Georgia second in the men's overall rankings behind Oregon, although without the events and competitors to rack up points today and tomorrow like the host Ducks and others, that shouldn't be expected to hold.
Freshman Kendell Williams, like Uibo, has been a dominant force in her multi-sport event all season long. She takes a solid lead in the heptathlon into the final day of competition today, beginning with the long jump at 3:30 (all times will be eastern). Junior Quintunya Chapman is slightly off the pace for scoring at 9th place as they enter today's action. Freshman Alex Poursanidis registered a few points on the men's side yesterday, thanks to a 6th place finish in the men's hammer throw. Senior Megan Malasarte will be competing in the finals of the 800m this evening at 8:25, while freshman Alex Larsson, junior Carly Hamilton, and the men's 4x400m relay team all failed to reach the finals in their respective events. With ESPN U airing the competition starting tonight at 7:30, we can hopefully catch Malasarte run live in her final race for the red and black.
Glimmer Twin has been doing an amazing job keeping us all up to date on how our bevy of Bulldogs are doing at the U.S. Open. Brendan Todd, Russell Henley, and Chris Kirk all appear to be within striking distance of the leaders with a good day this afternoon (the trio of Chris Haack recruits all tee off together - THANKS USGA! - at 1:47 today). Erik Compton begins his day on the #2 course at Pinehurst at 12:52, and Kevin Kisner begins his round just prior at 12:41. Harris English, Hudson Swafford and Bubba Watson are already on the course, and are also well off the pace for a top finish. You can watch the 114th U.S. Open on ESPN for most of today, except when they have soccer.
So, we have that to discuss, as well as for us communists, the World Cup has three games on today beginning early. And Gooooooooooooooooooo Dawgs!