Updike wins SEC title

Tamaqua graduate Allison Updike won the Southeastern Conference javelin title on Saturday with a throw of 161-2.

The University of Georgia freshman reached the distance on her third throw to better LSU's Annie Simoneaux (157-11). This year's SEC Outdoor Championships were held in Baton Rouge.

"It's an honor to win an SEC title in my first year," Updike was quoted as saying on Georgia's website (www.georgiadogs.com). "I didn't do the best I've done or come out like I wanted to, but it's a win. I'm happy to be here and it really feels great finishing first."

The former Blue Raider, who won a state title in high school her junior year before suffering a knee injury her senior season, has already registered the fifth longest throw in Georgia hostory with a mark of 167-0 earlier this season. That figure also ranks as the 12th best nationally.

"I have been working hard since day one at Georgia; doing ball throws, lifting and working with Coach (Don) Babbitt on my runway approach," Updike was also quoted as saying on the website. "I still don't have things perfect but I feel like I have come a long way. Coach (Wayne) Norton always talks about the team spirit and I always want to help out the team and be a contributor."