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Bulldog Track & Field Begins Postseason At SEC Indoor Championships


The 12th-ranked Georgia men and the 13th-ranked Lady Bulldogs traveled to Fayetteville, Ark., on Wednesday in preparation for the Southeastern Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center scheduled for Friday and Saturday.                 

 When Do The Bulldogs Start On Friday?: Georgia’s sole heptathlete, freshman Jan Duhovnik, and the Lady Bulldogs’ only pentathlete, sophomore Ella Rush, start the action for UGA on Friday.  Duhovnik is scheduled to begin his first conference indoor combined events competition with the hep 60-meter dash at 1 p.m. ET.  He will also complete the other three day one events (long jump, shot put, high jump) before finishing the final three events (60m hurdles, pole vault, 1000m) on Saturday. 


Rush will start her second pent of 2024 and the fourth of her collegiate career at 1:15 p.m. on day one.  The Repton, U.K., native will compete in the 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m over the course of Friday.

    

Charlotte Augenstein (women’s mile) will begin the open events for Georgia on Friday at 5 p.m. while newcomer Kelsie Murrell-Ross will be the first competitor in a field event with the women’s weight throw arriving at 5:15 p.m.

 

Who Is Ranked In The SEC?: A total of 16 SEC men and women’s programs are included in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) top 25 national rankings released Monday, including six in the top 10. 

     

A nation leading nine SEC women’s teams are ranked: No. 1 Arkansas, No. 2 Florida, No. 9 LSU, No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 12 Alabama, No. 13 GEORGIA, No. 14 Ole Miss, No. 15 South Carolina and No. 16 Tennessee.

    

Also a nation best seven SEC men’s teams are also ranked in the top 25:  No. 3 Arkansas, No. 6 Florida, No. 9 Alabama, No. 11 Kentucky, No. 12 GEORGIA, No. 14 Texas A&M and No. 16 South Carolina.

 

Where To Catch The SEC Championships: The ESPN broadcast talent will include Dwight Stones, Dan O’Brien, Larra Overton and John Anderson during the meet coverage.

 

Broadcast info for SEC Indoor Championships:

Friday (2:30 p.m.) - SECN+

Friday (5 p.m.) - SECN+

Saturday (3 p.m.) - SECN+

Saturday (5 p.m.) - SECN+

 

Monday (9 p.m.) - SECN highlight show


Live Results: For results throughout the weekend, please visit: http://gado.gs/bev

 

Coach Caryl’s Comments: “With the indoor season being so much shorter than outdoors, this meet always comes up quickly,” said Caryl Smith Gilbert, who is in her third year as Georgia’s head coach.  “We have several new faces going to this year’s meet and I am confident their five or six weekends of meets have prepared them for the SEC Championship.  However, nothing truly prepares you for this particular conference meet so there will have to be some ‘baptism by fire’ going on.  We have some individuals who are on the NCAA Championship bubble and there is no better place to elevate performances than against the best in the SEC and nation.  Looking forward to a great weekend.  GO DAWGS!”

 

What Bulldogs Are Competing?: For the Lady Bulldogs, Leah Anderson, Charlotte Augenstein, Sophia Baker, Aaliyah Butler, Eddiyah Frye, Lorel Golden, Kimberly Harris, Sydney Harris, Kaila Jackson, Elena Kulichenko, Kelsie Murrell-Ross, Dominique Mustin, Karsen Phillips, Zoe Pollock, Ella Rush, Haley Tate, Mikeisha Welcome and Autumn Wilson traveled for SECs.

           

On the men’s side, Andrew Balogh, Gavin Beverage, Brody Buffington, Chase Condra, Jan Duhovnik, Mekhi Gammons, Jehlani Gordon, Hossam Hatib, Cole Heron, Sumner Kirsch, Alex Kolesnikoff, Micah Larry, Jordan McKenzie, Christopher Morales Williams, Ryan Olree, Kushan Patel, Riyon Rankin, Alon Rogow, Conner Rutherford, Zack Truitt, Nikolai van Huyssteen and Zavien Wolfe will represent Georgia.

 

SEC Debuts: Only 16 of Georgia’s 40 student-athletes who traveled to the Arkansas campus have competed at past SEC Indoor Championships.  Golden, sisters Kimberly and Sydney Harris, Murrell-Ross, Phillips and Tate are the only female competitors out of 18 to never have battled at the conference indoor meet.  On the flip side, only Beverage, Condra, Morales Williams and van Huyssteen have competed at past SEC Indoor Championships on the men’s side.

 

Conference Weekly Honors: Welcome, who was honored by the SEC on Feb. 6 and Feb. 20, was the fifth Bulldog to earn an SEC weekly honor this indoor season.  Morales Williams (Men’s Co-Runner of the Week), Kolesnikoff (Men’s Co-Field Athlete of the Week), Gordon (Men’s Freshman of the Week) on Jan. 30 and Rankin (Men’s Freshman of the Week) on Jan. 23 were the others.

 

A Glimpse At The 2023 SEC Championships: The men tallied 59 points to take fourth and the women managed 53 points to be sixth at last year’s meet.  The Bulldog men primarily used the firepower from Elija Godwin (gold, 400m), Will Sumner (gold, 800m) and Matthew Boling (silver, 200m) as that trio also teamed with Caleb Cavanaugh to finish second in the 4x400m relay.  Kulichenko (high jump) and Jackson (60m) used runner-up finishes to highlight the Lady Bulldogs’ showing last year.

 

What’s Next For The Bulldogs?: After the SEC meet, the Bulldogs will train through the first weekend of March before traveling to Boston, Mass., for the NCAA Indoor Championships (March 8-9).  The Boston Landing Track & Field Complex will be the site of Nationals for the first time this year.

 

The Bulldogs then immediately start their outdoor season at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta on March 15-16.  The SEC Outdoor Championships arrives in Gainesville, Fla., on May 9-11.

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