By Rochelle Black
ATHENS, Ga. -- The Hawks and Lady Hawks of Shorter University Track and Field began the 2013 outdoor season at the annual Georgia Relays this weekend. The meet, hosted by the University of Georgia, comes a month after the teams concluded their indoor seasons.
With several noteworthy performances, it was the field events that the teams excelled in, with senior Tamala Daley leading the Lady Hawks with her showings in the long jump and triple jump. Her 19'4" long jump and 41'1" triple jump marks were both top 5 performances, besting competitors from such schools as Kennesaw State, Georgia, and Georgia Tech. Both her marks rank her in the top 10 within NCAA D-II. Male counterpart David Johnson was equally successful in the long and triple jumps. After placing 5th in the long jump with a 22'1.50" leap, Johnson returned in the triple jump with a 3rd place, 46'10.75" leap, out jumping athletes from Georgia Tech and Western Carolina.
Madison Sears, already a school record holder in the women's 25-pound weight throw, began her assault on the women's hammer throw. After making the finals in her first outdoor meet, the freshman four turned a released a school record throw of 140'3", taking 5th place in her specialty.
Chris Sickafoose, another freshman, debuted for the blue and white of Shorter in the shot put, and didn't disappoint. His 43'11.25" performance earned him 6th place overall, but he was able to showcase his talents in front of Reese Hoffa. One of the world's best ever throwers, Hoffa, an Olympic medalist and world champion thrower, won the event with a 68'1" heave.
On the track, Kryslynn Davidson picked up where she let off after the NCCAA indoor national championships, placing 8th in the women's 100m hurdles at 15.64 seconds. Shorter's women's 4x100m relay of Daley, Chelsey Thomas, Alexis Smith, and Lakeisha Spikes, crossed the line in 47.76 seconds, good enough for 5th place. As with most relay meets, not all traditional events were held, so the team sent a limited group to the meet.
Next for the teams will be a trip to Atlanta for the Emory Invitational. Competition begins March 22 at 3pm.