Georgia sophomore wins NCAA championship

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Georgia claimed its first-ever NCAA indoor title on the track Saturday night when star sophomore sprinter Torrin Lawrence won  the 400-meter dash in the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark.

Lawrence ran the race in 45.23 seconds, the third-fastest time of his career and the second-best time ever in the NCAA final. He beat Alabama freshman Kirani James by four-tenths of a second for the NCAA title.

Lawrence holds the world’s fastest time this year in the event, 45.03.

The Georgia men’s track and field team had won only two previous NCAA indoor titles, both in field events: Hrvoje Verzi in the triple jump in 1995 and Andras Haklits in the weight throw in 2001.

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Other UGA news today:

Mark Fox will meet soon with Trey Thompkins and family about future.

Fox thanks his first UGA team for making “an impact on Georgia basketball.”

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50 comments Add your comment

Goldtimer

March 13th, 2010
10:58 pm

Too bad he doesn’t play football for the mutts they could use him.

Dr. Cajun

March 13th, 2010
11:47 pm

They don’t seem to need him when they play against Tech.

UGA 82

March 13th, 2010
11:56 pm

Congrats Torrin, you’re a DGD!!!!!!!! Keep up the great work. GO DAWGS!

Dr Phil

March 14th, 2010
7:54 am

Goldtimer: He could at least outrun the police!

80 Dawg

March 14th, 2010
7:58 am

If Torrin Lawrence ever visits Georgia Tech, he will need that speed to out run all the muggers! Hey Goldtimer, how many times did all those muggers hit you in the head?

Iceman

March 14th, 2010
8:18 am

H.S. Coach

March 14th, 2010
8:35 am

Wow, what a story. The kid goes from not running track at all to a NCAA Champion in just a few short years. Talk about a diamond in the rough. Keep up the hard work and all of us Dawg fans will be watching you in the Olympics shortly.

Dr. Right

March 14th, 2010
8:39 am

Dr. Phil, one bad egg on Tech’s team pals in comparison to the Thugs from UGA.. Of course he can outrun the police, that’s how they train them in Clarke County. Hey 80 Dawg, how many times did Mettenburger and Moreno get thrown into jail?

$750K

March 14th, 2010
8:39 am

At a time when the education budget is being cut to the bone, UGA has $750K for a football coach.

Ledhead

March 14th, 2010
8:50 am

Tech turds, have you ever heard that envy is not a great attribute. Grow up and go somewhere else with your stinking nasty attitudes

jack

March 14th, 2010
8:56 am

750k for a football coach who brings in millions upon millions for his university as well as being its main representative. Thats why. He should be more.

GATORSTUD

March 14th, 2010
8:58 am

Title should say “individual.” Gators won the whole thing suckas!!

Buckhead Bulldog

March 14th, 2010
9:06 am

A 45 in the 400 is amazing! I wish this would have been televised yesterday, dammit. I’ve been following Torrin, and what a great story about him and his Mom. This guy is gonna do UGA/USA proud in the Olympics.

And 750k go get another job if the one you are working in does not pay you enough money. It is a free market society, and you are paid what society deems you are worth. Right/wrong…it is what it is, so either do something about your own situation or shut up. Your biotching and moaning makes you seem jealous and envious. You are not helping your cause too much here.

Throwing Stones?

March 14th, 2010
10:34 am

Anybody want to talk about Reuben Houston? Didn’t think so. Now…shut up Nerds!

Rueben Houston's "How to Evade the PoPo"

March 14th, 2010
10:38 am

Uh, Dr. Phil, Moreno never went to jail, and Mett did once. Let’s talk about severity, and thuggishness. UGA hasn’t had anything other than alcohol or scooter-related incidents for two years. About how long Rueben Houston evaded police. And we never had a student get put in jail for being a terrorist, for making a chemical bomb, or stabbing someone else with a sword, all of which has occurred on Tech’s campus in the past 4 years. Add to that your students are considered so weak as to be easy mugging victims…You’ve got yourself one heck of a glass house to be throwing stones, idiot. Underage drinking and scooter violations are not thuggish behavior…evading police like Rueben did, is thuggish behavior.

Voice of Reason

March 14th, 2010
10:46 am

The techies are just envious of everything the DAWGS do. It is really sad that so many of these so called “fans”, are so jealous. If they took more interest and pride (see football attendance) in their overall program, they would not be such a group of “envies”! You have a good baseball program, HAD a good basketball program that is struggling in spite of the tourney wins, and the football program is somewhat relevent. Don’t know about the lesser sports, but try supporting what you have going for you, Techsters.
Your childish remarks on a constant basis is really not paid any attention to by the adults on here. Just petty remarks, that point out the flaws at Tech.

null

March 14th, 2010
10:49 am

It’s not like they’ll ever win one in football with that classless idiot Mark Richt in charge.

dawgfan

March 14th, 2010
10:57 am

Too bad Torrin doesn’t play WR for the Joke by Coke. I bet he wouldn’t choke and drop wide open 4th down passes.

Uh oh, gotta run. Reuben Houston is breaking in my house and has a gun…

Georgia Tech football=LAUGHING STOCK.

Buckster

March 14th, 2010
11:08 am

I’m confused. Gatorsports.com claims Florida won the indoor national track title, beating Texas and Oregon. How can this be when the AJC (who is never wrong or bias in their reporting) claims Georgia won the title?

jack

March 14th, 2010
11:13 am

i guess gatorsports.com is never wrong or bias in their reporting either.

UGA Titles

March 14th, 2010
11:15 am

Glad to see Georgia can win a title in anything. We dominate gymnastics, used to in tennis, believe we have won it once in baseball, but it is sad that the one thing we actually care about we have only one title in over 100 years of trying…the 1980 title in Football. I was 4 years old at the time and can only remember my dad being happy but I guess that is better than nothing. Still sad though that we can’t do better.

1eyedJack

March 14th, 2010
11:16 am

Read the article doofus. He won the 400 title. It didn’t say UGA won the team title.

Alabama Jack

March 14th, 2010
11:19 am

So, who is y’alls basketball team playing today?

jack

March 14th, 2010
11:22 am

still dominate in tennis. won back to backers in 07 and 08. Top 5 right now.

Vick=Dog killing Thug

March 14th, 2010
11:40 am

What a bunch of dorks. Congrats to the young man. (30-24)

dawgfan

March 14th, 2010
11:48 am

“So, who is y’alls basketball team playing today?”

Who was your basketball team playing on January 5th?

Tech fans: All mouth on the internet but nowhere to be found when their teams gets punked by UGA. So so typical.

Revisionist

March 14th, 2010
12:05 pm

Ga sucks in football, sucks in basketball, sucks in basketball, but at least someone on their track team is good. How’s women’s tennis going?

bruce mac

March 14th, 2010
12:11 pm

Congrats to the young man. Go Dawgs.

The D

March 14th, 2010
12:14 pm

Congrats Torrin, That is a blazing time!!!! All of you will be watching him in two years running for the USA. Techies give the man the credit he is due. I know from living with a 400 runner that these young men work their tales off everyday to perform like this.

Tech_Fan_In_Exile_In_Virginia

March 14th, 2010
12:52 pm

Ok, so Tech lost to UGA in basketball early in the season… who is playing for their conference championship today? It’s not what you do at the beginning of the season that matters, it’s how you finish. Oh well… I guess we’ll see you mutts at the NCAA’s… after all, someone’s gotta cook the fries for those of us who are there to watch our team PLAY!

BuLLdawg

March 14th, 2010
1:55 pm

http://blutarsky.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/friday-morning-buffet-27/#comment-45158

89 UGA Bulldogs’ players arrested / suspended in Coach Richt Era.

Dawg 3/20

March 14th, 2010
2:20 pm

Congrats Torrin – Indoor track, gymnastics, a lot of NFL players – a lot of recent titles at UGA but as long as the football team isn’t raising that crystal football at the end of each season it is all good.

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Yellow Fuzz

March 14th, 2010
5:12 pm

Once again the cream rises and the sh$$ flushes. WE played in OUR conference championship game and the DOGS didn’t come remotely close to playing in THEIRS. Just like in football-hahaha. Once again the highlight of georgia’s year (life, for many of them) was beating Georgia Tech this winter. Spin it if you can AH’s!

Yellow Fuzz

March 14th, 2010
5:14 pm

Glad to hear that track, gymnastics and equestrian is going well for georgia. Hahahahahahahaha

(((((((((( 45-42 )))))))))) returning to a septic tank near you this fall.

30 Year Drought

March 14th, 2010
5:28 pm

The track team and the Gym dogs are the real power of the UGA Athletic program, the football team……. not so much.

tdawg8

March 14th, 2010
6:10 pm

Tech fans commenting on UGA blogs? That NEVER happens. And Yellow Fuzz don’t fool yourself. The day we obsess as much over beating you nerds will be the day he$$ freezes over. I think that’s kinda like the pot calling the kettle black. I suppose we would obsess over you if beating you in EVERY SPORT wasn’t routine.

Yellow Fuzz

March 14th, 2010
6:49 pm

tdawg8

Play in your conference championship game and get back to me.

GT Rick

March 14th, 2010
7:01 pm

Georgia = Tech’s bitch

Stinger

March 14th, 2010
7:29 pm

How’s your baseball team performing agaist Sienna this weekend?

superDawg

March 14th, 2010
7:36 pm

yellowjizz try living with the fact that UGA owns your beloved jackits and quit dodging the issue with irrelevant things that do not have anything to do with UGA and tek.

superDawg

March 14th, 2010
7:38 pm

stinger bite my beehind.

BuLLdawg

March 14th, 2010
7:42 pm

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west coast dawg lover

March 14th, 2010 11:35 am

I read the comments fairly frequently and I’m amazed at the people who are so delusional. Many claim that we’re right up there with Alabama, LSU and Florida despite the fact that all of them have won a national championship and we have yet to qualify for the game in the nine years that Mark Richt has been at the helm.

I belileve that you can split Richt’s tenure in half, almost. Look at the record for the first five years (2 SEC Chamionships and an Eastern Division Championship) and then look at the abysmal four years since. What happened? Seems like to me that Richt went to sleep on the switch. Arrogance and complacency ravaged the DAWGS. Instead of continually improving, we continued downhill and we’re still in that mode as we move into the upcoming season which should be far easier than the last.

This great QB coach, Richt, has put us in the position of starting the season with an untested three times now with Joe T, Cox and now Murray? What kind of personnel management is that?

We also know that Richt sort of fudged it with Cox as QB. He was supposed to be the great leader, knew the play book by heart. But alas, he was a bust. For the most part we won when he didn’t throw the ball. Doesn’t say much for Cox, Bobo or Richt. And this isn’t the first time this kind of thing happened. Joe Tereshinski III was ill-suited to be our QB, hadn’t had much game experience yet he was the starter over Stafford. And again, we start the season with hope not a seasoned player. WOW!

As I see it, Grantham was a necessary move long before it happened too. Why Willie was with Richt in Florida post season to talk with the kid that ultimately opted for USC in Los Angeles? I have no idea. I think it was bizarre. Had he decided to keep Willie? Looks like that to me. Wierd. Despite the defense being a train wreck, he wanted to retain Willie. Unbelievable.

I got to think there was some goings on on Ag Hill that resulted in Willie’s dismissal shortly after that. Richt put friendship over his team and we, the fans. I think he has a lot of making up to do. He’s got his priorities screwed up. And folks, this wise person, me, says it has always been the offense, not the defense, that has created the problems for my beloved UGA.

The hotseat is heating up because Damon has given Richt everything he’s asked for and if he doesn’t produce, he’s a goner and Bobo with him. I always thought Mike Bobo was a curious hire but on further thought Richt wanted someone who he could control and Bobo was the guy. Not the same with Grantham.

I am getting long in the tooth and I hope that I’ll live to see us play in the National Championship Game and win it. I have lilttle confidence that Richt is capable of guiding us there, however. Maybe he’s just too nice a guy.

The first five years were great. The last four were awful and we had some real butt kickings along the way. Florida slammed us twice, Tennessee twice, Alabama embarassed us at home.

Why Richt isn’t on the hot seat as so many delusional contributors to this column insist is beyond my ken. He damn well tought to be on the hot seat. How many chances does he get to take us where we all want to go?

I don’t see him improving on offense. He just can’t play wide open football.

He may be a fine man and from what some people whose judgment I trust, they reside in Athens, I am sure he is.

But as a coach he’s no Nick Saban or Urban Meyer. Not even close. I’d take either one of those guys over Richt in a New York minute.

Mark. Prove I’m wrong. I don’t like what’s happened the last four years. Your butt should be gone in my opinion despite your lofty record. You’re paid $3M for what you have ignored the past four years and presented us with a lousy product. How did you in good conscience take that money? For shame. What have you been thinking? Win or go!

http://blogs.ajc.com/junkyard-blawg/2010/03/13/is-season-ending-too-soon-for-baskeball-dogs/comment-page-1/#comment-75084

Why GT is envious of UGA

March 14th, 2010
8:08 pm

Tech has 4 National Championships in Football, UGA has 2

Tech is ranked 4th in baseball, UGA- not ranked

Tech is going to the NCAA basketball tournament for the 18th time, UGA sitting home for the 100th time

Tech has half the money of UGA and still dominates when it comes to National Prominance

Yellow Fuzz

March 14th, 2010
8:10 pm

Why GT is envious of UGA,

Tell it all bro, tell it all.

BuLLdawg

March 14th, 2010
8:19 pm

I am not worried about Georgia tek because we BEAT YOU in every Major sport.

We beat you not only in the GAME, but we also beat you in the classroom.

UGA has a higher APR Academic Progress Rate than Georgia tek in men’s and women’s basketball and football.

30-24 football.

73-66 men’s basketball

56-50 women’s basketball.

Why the hell else would Georgia tek fans spend their days in here in the UGA fans’ blog ?

Because you CANNOT BEAT US not in the classroom and not in the Games.

Yellow Fuzz

March 14th, 2010
8:57 pm

buLLdawg

“Why the hell else would Georgia tek fans spend their days in here in the UGA fans’ blog” ?

Hahaha dude. The same reason you write books and often post them at 3 o’clock in the morning. Dude, you don’t need to criticize ANYONE.

Bulldog2012

March 14th, 2010
10:28 pm

Yellow Fuzz,
Don’t even try to compare Georgia vs. GT. We have won two national championships in football and you have won four, but the SEC runs the table when it comes to the BCS era. How else can you explain an LSU team that had 3 losses and still win the national championship? The SEC is 10x better than the ACC, (ex. South Carolina beat clemson, UGA beat GT: Neither SEC team were at the top of their own division!) your best football team in 20 years lost to our worst team in 10 years.

Bulldog2012

March 14th, 2010
10:32 pm

(Correction) LSU had 2 losses in ‘07*

[...] Georgia sophomore won NCAA championship. [...]

Yellow Fuzz

March 15th, 2010
5:58 pm

Bulldog2012

“your best football team in 20 years lost to our worst team in 10 years”.

Yeah and it got you what an invite to the Shreveport Bowl. Hahaha. How about this: Your best pre season ranked team in the history of your school lost to Paul Johnson’s first team-

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