Friday May 25, 2007Kevkhishvili, Dekkers Advance to NCAA Championships
Mariam Kekvhishvili advanced to the NCAA Championships with a third-place finish in the shot put.
Freshman Mariam Kevkhishvili (
efforts of Kevkhishvili and Dekkers
provided the Gators with a total of 11 points to stand in fifth place in the
Advancing to Saturday’s finals for the Gators were juniors Lakecia Ealey (Albany, Ga.) in the 100m, Natalie Knight (Snellville, Ga.) in the 200m and Lorain McKenzie (Clarendon, Jamaica) in the 800m, while the 4x100m relay team of junior Abigail David (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago), Knight, Ealey and sophomore Zan Joseph (Boynton Beach, Fla.) also advanced to finals.
“We had a
Kevkhishvili advanced to the NCAA Championships with a third-place shot put toss
of 16.31m/53-6.25. She also scored six points for the
punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships in the javelin with fourth-place
toss of 48.18m/158-01 to score five points for the Gators in the team
standings. She is the only freshman in the event advancing out of the East
Region. Also competing in the javelin for the Gators, freshman Star Sansone
(Boca Raton, Fla.) tossed a PR and the fifth-best mark in school history
(45.40m/148-11) to finish ninth, just one position away from scoring points. Dekkers will be vying to become
Knight tied second-best 200m time in school history with a personal-best time of 22.85 to win heat one of the event’s preliminaries and advance to finals. The mark tied Anita Howard’s 200m time from 1992 and was just 0.01 seconds off of the school record, set by Kisha Jett in 1996. Knight’s time was the second-fastest preliminary mark of the day.
Ealey clocked the top time in the fourth preliminary heat, 11.47, to advance to finals. The time was the third-fastest overall preliminary mark.
McKenzie finished with the top mark (2:07.56) in heat one of the 800m preliminaries to advance to finals. Her time was the sixth–fastest overall preliminary mark.
4x100m relay team advanced to finals by running the fastest preliminary time of
44.24, the tenth-fastest mark in
Junior Dominique McLeggan
“It was disappointing that Dominique ran so well and just missed reaching finals, and it was unfortunate that Jenna was feeling under the weather while competing,” Lemke added. “But they both put for great efforts today.”
The NCAA East Regional Championships continue on Saturday beginning with the women’s hammer throw at noon ET. Live results of the meet can be found on www.GatorZone.com.
Women’s Team Scoring (five events completed):
1. Georgia, 17; 2.
Mariam Kevkhishvili – Shot Put
Evelien Dekkers – Javelin
Lakecia Ealey – 100m
Natalie Knight – 200m
Abigail David, Natalie Knight, Lakeica Ealey, Zan Joseph – 4x100m