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Going the Distance: Young Dawgs Heating Up

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To begin, let’s start this Monday off right!

On Saturday, Athens played host to the Torrin Lawrence Memorial and the Dawgs took advantage. The seniors on the team were recognized and continued to put up a series of solid, consistent performances. As expected, the veterans are laying the foundation on which the rest of the season will be built. In the meantime, several freshmen are coming on strong and putting up impressive performances of their own. Over the weekend, three such freshmen, Titiana Marsh, Elija Godwin, and Sakari Famous, did just that.

In the triple jump, Marsh opened with a career best 44 feet, 2 ¾ inches. Not satisfied to let that result stand, Marsh ultimately set a 44 feet 8 ¾ inches mark. That jump was the collegiate long, is the 3rd longest jump in UGA history, and is good enough for the 6th longest jump in the country this year. MY GOD, A FRESHMAN!!!

Elija Godwin, meanwhile, was setting another personal best and winning the 400m. His time of 45.92 landed him at 7th on UGA’s all-time list and at 15th fastest in the country thus far this year. In other freshman-centric action, Sakari Famous had a personal best in the high jump (5-10) and Sterling Lester continued her ascendance in the 100m hurdles with a 4th overall and 2nd place collegiate finish.

Notable results from upper classmen included:

  • Denzel Comenentia (Sr.), who is always a threat in the shot put and hammer throw, proved that he’s just as dangerous in discus. His win in the event moved him into Top 15 in the country in the event.
  • Hayden Merrick (Sr.) finished 2nd in the discus after she threw 171-3, good enough for 4th all-time on UGA’s list.
  • Kayla Smith (Jr.) continued her strong run in the pole vault, once again clearing 14 ft and winning the event.
  • Keenon Laine (Sr.) and Darius Carbin (Jr.) finished 1st and 2nd in the high jump,
  • Michael Nichols (Sr.) posted a time of 13.88 to win the 100m hurdles.
  • Georgia’s relay team of Chelsea Zoller, Micaiah Ransby, Katie Jackson and Makenzi Kopp were victorious in the 4X400m relay.

All of the Final Results from this past weekend can be found here >>> uga_final.pdf.

The Dawgs will be back on the track May 9-11 in Fayetteville , Arkansas for the SEC Outdoor Championships.

Until then...