Track ready for NCAA Championships final

EUGENE, Ore. — The Bulldog Track and Field Program traveled to Eugene, Ore. On Monday before the NCAA Outdoor Championships arrived at the newly renovated Hayward Field Wednesday through Saturday.

The 13theThe ranked Bulldog men will begin competition Wednesday after winning an NCAA tag team title last time in Oregon in 2018. The fourth-ranked Lady Bulldogs arrive on the University of Oregon campus afterwards. have finished in the top five to five of the last six National Outdoor Championships. , including second places at the facility in 2017-18.

The 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships were held in Austin, Texas, while Hayward Field received its $ 270 million renovation. Prior to this season, Oregon had hosted the last six national championships.

Georgia qualified 14 people in 12 combined events at the NCAA East Prelims in Jacksonville, Fla., May 27-29. Junior decathlete Karel Tilga (NCAA No.1) and graduate transfer heptathlete Asya reynolds (NCAA No. 5) had already automatically qualified for the final round based on their top 24 national scores in the combined events.

Anna room (NCAA No. 2) made the decision to skip heptathlon to the NCAAs and qualified for the open high jump as she continues her preparations for the Olympic Trials (also in Eugene June 18-27). Second year Kyle Garland (NCAA No. 3) earned a qualifying score in the decathlon but also decided to prepare for his next 10 trials in the trials. He did not qualify in any event open to the preliminaries.

When do Bulldogs start? Tilga will start competing with the Bulldogs in the first event of the decathlon (100-meter race) at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The native of Tartu, Estonia, will complete four more events (long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m) on the first day before concluding the last five on Thursday.

Junior Alencar Pereira begins the Bulldogs’ open events in men’s hammer throw at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Senior Kayla smith is the first Lady Bulldog to compete (pole vault) Thursday at 7pm

In addition to the decathlon from Wednesday to Thursday and the heptathlon from Friday to Saturday, the competition is scheduled to be a men’s competition on Wednesday and Friday and a women’s competition on Thursday and Saturday.

Where to catch the NCAAs: ESPN has the exclusive rights to broadcast the match and will present the national championships on a variety of platforms:
Wednesday: 4 pm-11:30pm, ESPN3; 8-9 p.m., ESPNU; 9 pm-11:30pm – ESPN2
Thursday: 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m., ESPN3; 6.30 p.m.-10 p.m., ESPN2
Friday: 3 pm-10:30pm, ESPN3; 8-10:30 p.m., ESPN2
Saturday: 2 pm-8:30pm, ESPN3; 6-8:30 p.m., ESPNU

Live results: To view live scores throughout the four-day season finale, please check: http://gado.gs/75t

Kyprianou’s comments: “It’s finally time for us to go out west and test our skills against the best of the best at the NCAA Championships,” said the head coach Petros Kyprianou. “Many are proud to show up, but the Bulldogs have been very dominant and consistent over the past six years, constantly competing for the national titles. This year is no different although we have a few major players injured or unable to match us. Even with that, the Dawgs should finish near the best nationally and that’s our goal and our mission.

“We have to continue our tradition by continuing our podiums and keep knocking on the door for a championship. It’s an Olympic year and it usually brings a lot of fire and a plethora of top marks in the world to this competition! This year will not be different as the Olympic Trials will be the week after the NCAAs. The University of Oregon’s new track is one of the best in the world and they continue to support and showcase track and field competitions better than anyone in the world . We are very excited for this week and beyond at Eugene. Go Dawgs! “

What bulldogs are competing: For women, Reynolds (heptathlon), seniors Amber Leatherworker (800m), jessica drop (5000m), Smith (pole vault), Marie-Thérèse Obst (javelin), junior Marsh of Titiana (triple / long jumps), Hall (high jump), jasmine moore (triples / long jumps) and Shelby tyler (high jump) will line up for the Lady Bulldogs.

On the men’s side, the seniors Delano dunkley (4x100m relay), juniors Elija godwin (400m, 4x100m relay), Tilga (decathlon), Pereira (hammer throw), second Matthew Boling (100m, 200m, 4x100m relay), Caleb cavanaugh (400m hurdles) and Arian Smith (100m, 4x100m relay) are expected to compete.

Honors are starting to pour in: While the most important outdoor competition of the season is yet to come, SEC and regional honors have already started to arrive. At the SEC level, Boling was named SEC Newcomer Runner of the Year and Moore was named SEC Women’s Newcomer Field Athlete of the Year. Newcomer of the Year is an award given to current sophomores who were not eligible to win the SEC Year’s Freshman title last year in the competition due to the COVID pandemic -19.

USTFCCCA also announced its regional winners. Moore was named the Southern Region Female Athlete of the Year after earning the same honor indoors in 2020 and was ultimately named one of three finalists for the National Female Athlete of the Year in Women’s Field this year. season. Tilga took home the honors of the Southern Region male field athlete, giving the Bulldogs the first category winner since the great Bulldog Denzel Comenentia won in 2018. Comenentia was the third different member of the team from Georgia to earn this honor in three consecutive years from 2016 to 2018.

In addition, seniors Samantha drop and junior Alejandro collins were included in the SEC Community Service Team for their dedication to volunteering to help others.

FLASHBACK – 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships: Georgia traveled to Austin, Texas for the last NCAA outdoor meet in 2019 after the entire 2020 outdoor season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is a pair’s past scoring performance back in 2021:

  • Kayla smith, who had the longest career run of any Bulldogs to get to Eugene through six grueling surgeries, tied for eighth place at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships after being redshirted in 2016 and before passing the season 2018 with an injury and take 19e at the Nationals two years ago.
  • When she was 19e in the 5000m two years ago, Drop scored in the 5000m for the second consecutive time in the 2018 NCAA outdoor competition after finishing his laps in seventh.

Last memorable trip to Eugene: The Bulldog Men closed out old Hayward Field in style in 2018 after scoring 52 points to win the program’s first NCAA tag team title, edging the closest competitor by 10 points. The Lady Bulldogs missed out on the national championship by one point after USC took a 53-52 advantage in the competition’s final, the 4x100m relay, to edge UGA. The Georgia women had previously won the 2018 NCAA indoor tag team title that year.

A sneak peek at the dogs’ latest action: The Bulldogs continued their 2021 playoffs in the NCAA East preliminaries on the University of North Florida campus from May 27-29.

Here’s a breakdown of Georgia’s qualifying performances in the competition:

  • Boling automatically qualified in the 100m and ninth overall with a windy 10.09 while Arian Smith ran a 10.10 (also above the wind threshold of 2.0 meters / second) to qualify for national championships.
  • Boling clocked 20.16 (+ 2.6m / s) for the fourth fastest time in 200m to qualify.
  • Godwin secured an automatic qualification with a 45.41 in the 400m and had the fifth fastest time to qualify.
  • Cavanaugh slipped into the field as 11th out of 12 places after setting a personal best of 50.88 in the 400m hurdles.
  • Arian Smith, Godwin, Dunkley and Boling broke their own school record in the 4x100m relay with a 38.57 to have the second fastest qualifying time and punch their ticket to Eugene as a unit.
  • Pereira had a career best record with his mark of 222 feet, 7 inches in the hammer throw and qualified easily, taking fourth place in Jacksonville.
  • Tanner clocked 2: 01.66 to finish seventh overall in the 800m and will now be aiming for his first All-America away certificate.
  • Drop continued to put together one of the most impressive resumes for any Bulldog long distance runner in history as she qualified in the 5000m with a 16: 00.03.
  • The Georgia women enjoyed a pair lead in the high jump thanks to Tyler’s outdoor career record of 5-11.50 while Hall crossed 5-9.75 to also qualify in an individual event then as she prepares for heptathlon at the Olympic Trials.
  • Kayla smith tied for the cleanest outing in the pole vault, advancing with a 14-foot mark in his sixth year.
  • Moore and Marsh secured places in the travel group thanks to their performances in the triple and long jump. Moore had the second best long jump (21-9) and fourth best triple jump (44-9.50) while Marsh was fourth in long jump with a score of 21-7.25 and eighth in triple after having traveled 43- 5.25.
  • Obst is making his first trip since 2018 to the NCAA Championships after reaching the final round with a 179-foot javelin throw.

NCAA Championship results and recaps will be available at georgiadogs.com. News and updates from Georgia’s track and field and cross country teams are always available on Twitter / Instagram at @UGATrack.

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