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Rolfe Jumpstarts Bulldogs At Season-Opening Clemson Invitational
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CLEMSON, S.C. --- Senior Nate Rolfe won the weight throw to lead the Bulldogs at the season-opening Clemson Invitational on Friday evening.
In addition, junior John Freeman finished second behind Rolfe in the weight, junior Kevin Dickson tied for second in the long jump and seven Georgia team members advanced to the finals in their respective events.
"This was kind of a typical first meet for us and I told them on the bus that we have to get better and we will get better as the season goes on," said head coach Wayne Norton, whose women's team finished ninth at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships.  "Some of our folks have jumped better or thrown better in practice, but with the weather factors we have dealt with the last couple of days, I am just glad we are through this first day."
Following the opening day of the indoor season, the Bulldogs (25 points) were trailing Clemson (36.5) and Charlotte (27) at the meet.  The Georgia women did not score during the first day of action.
Rolfe registered a top mark of 63 feet, 10 1/4 inches to take first ahead of Freeman (60-9.50).  Rolfe, who completed the 2007 outdoor season by earning an All-American certificate in the hammer throw, advanced to last season's NCAA indoor meet in the weight.
In the long jump, Dickson soared 23-8.75 to tie for second with N.C. Central's Mark Davis.
Gaymon displayed mid-season speed after clocking a 7.96 in the 60-meter hurdles, which was the second-fastest time in the preliminary round.  The New Jersey native captured a Southeastern Conference title in the 400 hurdles and was a two-time All-American (400H and 4x400 relay) at last year's NCAA outdoor meet.
Taking the track for Georgia for the first time in her career, freshman Odeika Bent crossed the 60 finish line in 7.58, which is only a hundredth of a second from breaking into the Lady Bulldogs' top-10 list, to qualify for Saturday's finals.  
In addition, another freshman, Georgina Nembhard qualified in the event with a time of 7.66 and will also be racing in the finals of the 60 hurdles after clocking an 8.98, which ties for the 10th-fastest time in school history.
Georgia's other qualifiers for the finals in their events were Michael Proctor (6.80) in the 60 (tying him for seventh in the Bulldog record books), Dickson (7.02) in the 60 and sophomore Tommy Barrineau (8.90) in the 60 hurdles.
Full results from Friday's action at the Clemson Invitational will be located at  Day two of the meet begins on Saturday at 11 a.m.

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