April 11, 2012
KNOXVILLE -- Mariah Georgetown of McNeese State won two events and tied for first in another on day one at the Sea Ray Relays women's heptathlon, grabbing the lead Wednesday at UT's Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium.
Georgetown accumulated 3,249 points through four events, while Erin Busbee of Michigan sits in second with 3,146. The long jump, javelin and 800m remain on Thursday, when day two gets underway at 1 p.m.
In the 100m hurdles, Georgetown bolted to a 13.68 readout to tally 1024 points right out of the gate. She followed that by tying for first in the high jump (5-3 ¼; 747 pts.), placing fourth in the shot put (35-1; 575 pts.) and closing the day with a win in the 200m (24.82; 903 pts.).
Busbee won the shot (38-3 ¼; 639 pts.) and tied for first in the high jump (5-3 ¼; 747 pts.) for her best efforts of the afternoon. She ended day one by taking third in the 200m (25.59; 833 pts.).
Justin Balczak of Lake Superior State won only one of five events on the first day of the Scott Hartman men's decathlon, but his even performance in all of them enabled him to grab the lead on Wednesday as the 46th-annual Sea Ray Relays got underway.
Balczak, who won the high jump with a leap of six-feet, seven inches to generate 813 points in that event, finished day one atop the leaderboard with 3,781. Charlotte's Jake Wainwright amassed 3,702 points to check in second, while William Oliver of Arkansas State is lurking in third at 3,627.
In addition to the high jump win, the Balczak was fourth in the 100m dash (11.53; 746 pts.), third in the long jump (22-3 ½; 764 pts.) and second in the shot put (40-9; 632 pts.) and 400m dash (49.76; 826 pts.).
Wainwright, meanwhile, began the competition by winning the 100m dash (11.20; 817 pts.) and also finished first in the long jump (23-0 ½; 818 pts.) and 400m (49.52; 837 pts.) . He also was third in the high jump (6-2 ¼; 705 pts.) and sixth in the shot put (34-11 ¼; 525 pts.).
Oliver was second in the 100m (11.26; 804 pts.), second in the long jump (22-8; 792 pts.), third in the shot put (36-0 ¾; 545 pts.), second in the high jump (6-3 ½; 731 pts.) and third in the 400m (51.31; 755 pts.).
Men's day two action begins at noon on Thursday and includes the 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m run. Tennessee's men will not begin competition at the meet until Friday.