Bulldogs Have Exceptional Showing At NACAC
SOURCE: GEORGIA SPORTS COMMUNICATIONS
Three out of four Bulldogs who competed at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships in Queretaro, Mexico, over the weekend finished with gold or silver medals.
Georgia’s Team USA members collected a pair of gold medals and one silver while another representing his native Barbados narrowly missed a bronze medal in a fourth event.
Rising junior Aliyah Whisby wasted little time capturing her gold as she took off for a personal record long jump of 22 feet, 4 ½ inches on her first try. Her winning mark was wind aided with a 2.8 meter/second breeze behind it. A legal effort (2.0 m/s or less) at that distance would have topped Keturah Orji’s school record mark of 22-4.25 set at the 2018 Southeastern Conference Championships and been an Olympic standard mark for the coming 2020 Games in Tokyo.
2019 senior Keenon Laine hit 7-4.25 for the fourth time this outdoor season to finish first in the high jump. While Earnest Sears of Team USA claimed the silver medal, Laine also made a number of strong attempts at 7-6.50 after coming into the meet with a career best of 7-5.
Rising senior Jessica Drop earned a silver medal after taking second in the 5000 meters. She finished her race in 17:33.81 to cross the line more than a minute before the bronze medalist. Drop was a First Team All-American in the 5000m during both the 2018 indoor and outdoor seasons.
2019 senior Michael Nicholls was third (wind-aided 13.77) in the 110m hurdle prelims before just missing the podium in the event’s final with a fourth-place finish. With a 2.7 m/s wind behind him, Nicholls ran a personal record of 13.59 to finish .01 out of third place.
Next up for current and former Bulldogs alike will be the USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 25-28.