Georgia celebrates its men's title in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field on Friday, June 8, 2018 in Eugene, Ore. Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP
Photo: Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP
Photo: Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard via AP

UGA wins first NCAA men’s outdoor track championship

Petros Kyprianou has done it again.

In one calendar year, Kyprianou has captured two national championships. First, it was guiding the Georgia women's track and field team to an indoor national title three months ago. On Friday, the Georgia men's track and field team won its first-ever outdoor national title in Eugene, Ore.

The Bulldogs' men scored 52 points to win the championship. Florida finished second with 42 points.

Georgia was aided early by junior Denzel Comenentia, who won the hammer throw and shot put Wednesday. The first Bulldog to score Friday was senior Cejhae Greene, who finished seventh in the 100-meter dash.

Georgia got a pair of scorers in the high jump, with junior Keenan Laine (7 feet 3 inches) taking third and freshman Antonios Merlos (7 feet 1.75 inches) taking fifth.

“(Friday) was an outstanding day and the boys showed up with a vengeance,” Kyprianou said in a statement. “We set the tone with Denzel getting those 20 points and then getting out to a lead with 34 points put us with a positive confidence level. This was a great team effort. Having the high jumpers step it up was awesome, I am really proud of the way those two guys competed after getting picked to score two points and scoring 10. This was a tremendous effort by everyone involved, all support staff, everyone. The entire crew did an amazing job and it’s a great day to be a Georgia Bulldog!”

This title is the first men's national championship Georgia has taken since the men's tennis team won the NCAA Tournament in 2008.

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