Fountain posted a career-best total of 5,999 points in her heptathlon victory, breaking her own school record. Fountain maintained her day-one lead, performing well in the heptathlon's final three events. She led the field in the long jump with a mark of 6.16 meters (20'2.50") for 899 points. She posted a career-best in the javelin throw with a mark of 40.12 meters (131'7") to place fourth among the field and tally 670 more points. The mark also ranks her fourth on UGA's all-time list in the event. She capped off the heptathlon with a career-best time of 2:25.87 in the 800-meter run for 746 points.
"Hyleas improved by over 300 points and dominated the field," Georgia head coach Wayne Norton said. "From the very beginning of this year, we worked as a staff on training her and putting her in position to win this meet."
Juhasz earned All-America honors in the women"s pole vault by placing third with a career-best mark of 4.20 meters (13'9.25").
"Fanni came through big today to get third," Norton said.
MacKay, after winning the hammer throw Friday, earned All-America honors in the men's discus as one of the top eight Americans in the event. He placed tenth with a mark of 54.14 meters (177'7").
Including Fountain and MacKay's NCAA titles, UGA tallied ten All-America honors at the 2003 NCAA outdoor meet. Other scorers included Juhasz in the women's pole vault, senior Panagiotis Mavraganis in the men's hammer, sophomore Trevor Snyder in the men's javelin, and freshman Krista Woodward in the women's javelin. In addition to MacKay in the discus, other UGA athletes that earned All-America honors as the top eight Americans in their events included Fountain in the long jump, junior Sherita King in the 100-meter dash, and sophomore LaRon Bennett in the 400-meter hurdles.
"The highlight is obviously our two national champions," Norton said. "For this staff's four years it brings the total to six national champions, which is pretty good. This group did a good job of executing. Even some of our non-scorers earned All-America awards bringing our total to ten for this meet. It was a very well executed meet for us which is what you look for in a championship meet. With MacKay and Fountain, they are who we named as our outstanding athletes for the year at our team banquet two weeks ago and they have done a good job for us all year long."
The women's 11th place finish and 22 points scored is the best at the NCAA outdoor meet in Norton's four years as head coach. The men's tie for 14th with 19 points is on par with the Bulldogs' performance at the NCAA meet the last two seasons as they tied for 12th with 22 points in 2001 and tied for 11th with 21 points in 2002. The combined placing and point totals for both the men?s and women's teams rank as one of the best overall performances in program history at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
"With the team performance, for both the men and women to be in the top 15 met our goals, improved us overall from last year and put us where we were trying to be," Norton said. "This is one of most successful teams I've been around. We were able to accomplish a lot of what we wanted to accomplish. I'm proud of the team and coaching staff, they did a great job."
A link to the complete results of the 2003 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships is available on georgiadogs.com.