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Updike wins SEC title

Published May 14. 2012 05:01PM

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 ( "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."

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