Bulldog senior Kyle Garland has earned UGA’s track and field program its first U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Indoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Year honor, according to an announcement Monday.
Garland, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., was recently named the USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Athlete of the Year after his historic final collegiate indoor season. While the Lady Bulldogs’ have had five of these national indoor honors, this marks the first for the Georgia men. The late great Torrin Lawrence was named the 2010 USTFCCCA National Indoor Men’s Track Athlete of the Year and former NCAA champion Denzel Comenentia garnered National Outdoor Men’s Field Athlete of the Year honors during Georgia’s run to the 2018 national championship.
Garland destroyed the collegiate record – and fell just six points shy of the world record – in the heptathlon to win the combined event at the NCAA Championships. He finished with 6,639 points, 140 points more than Ashton Eaton scored to win the 2010 NCAA title for the previous collegiate record.
During the regular season, Garland showed flashes of brilliance in the heptathlon when he moved up to No. 2 in collegiate history with his 6,415 score at the Texas Tech Open & Multis. Competing in the open events at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships, Garland posted personal records of 7.77 in the 60-meter hurdles and 7.95 meters/26 feet, 1 inch in the long jump to take sixth in both.
Up Next: The Bulldogs continue their outdoor season at the Raleigh Relays on March 23-25. Georgia will play host to one home meet later in the outdoor season: Spec Towns & Torrin Lawrence Invitational – April 6-8.
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