Freshman Demiko Goodman won the 200 meters event this weekend for
Georgia at the Illinois Health Alliance Classic in Champaign, Illinois. Goodman,
a receiver on the football team who redshirted this past season, posted a time
of 21.80. Illinois won the meet with 218.5 points. UGA came in second with 104,
followed by Iowa with 93, Wisconsin with 57, and Syracuse with 50.0 points.
Goodman has a long history of excelling in track and field. As a senior in
high school he was the 400 meters champion at the 2002 National Junior Olympics
in Miami, earned the silver in the 400 at the IAAF World Young Championships in
Candada in 2003, was 400 meter champion at the National Junior Olympics in
Buffalo, N.Y., and was the State of Georgia region AAAAA champion at the 400
that same year. Additionally, he was named the South Metro Male Track Athlete of
the Year as a senior. As a sophomore he won the 200 meters at the 2002 National
Junior Olympics in Miami. As a junior he won the 400 meter championship at the
2002 National Junior Olympics in Omaha.
Goodman is expected to challenge for the two deep depth chart this spring. He
currently weighs 188 pounds and is 6-foot-2, and is not expected to put on
significant weight this spring.
"He works, he is a real hard worker, and he is a tremendously skilled
athlete," Strength and Condition coach Dave Van Halanger told
UGASports.com recently. "Most of one's size is eating habits. The guys need
to eat with discipline. We work real hard in the nutrition area."