– University of Arkansas senior Makeba Alcide
has been selected the Southeastern Conference Field Athlete of the Week, as announced by the league office Tuesday afternoon. In Tuesday’s release of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll, Arkansas moved up one spot to a season-high No. 4 ranking and is now the highest-ranked SEC team in the top 25.
Alcide became the No. 3 all-time collegiate performer in the pentathlon last Friday with her victory at the Razorback Team Invitational in Fayetteville. In the win, Alcide broke the school record and posted an NCAA-leading score of 4,464 points in the five-event competition. With her performance, Alcide established the sixth-highest collegiate score ever. Only Briane Theisen (2008-12) of Oregon and Jacquelyn Johnson (2004-08) of Arizona State have scored higher in NCAA history.
“We walked away with some great performances this weekend, led by Makeba Alcide
,” head coach Lance Harter
said. “Makeba stole the show in opening the pentathlon with a fantastic PR, school record and national leader. Also within those five events, she capitalized in the high jump to briefly take the national lead in that event until the Olympic silver medalist (Brigetta Barrett of Arizona) displaced her.”
In her first pentathlon of the season, Alcide racked up four lifetime-best performance including a school-record effort of 1.89m/6-2.25 in the high jump. Alcide became the first-ever Razorback over six feet in the event and is currently ranked third among NCAA athletes this season. She also had personal-best results of 8.45 in the 60-meter hurdles, 5.88m/19-3.5 in the long jump and 2:16.94 at 800 meters.
The Castries, St. Lucia, native established a national record for her home country of St. Lucia and replaced the previous school record of 4,141 set 11 years ago by former Razorback All-American DeeDee Brown. Alcide added more than 300 points to her pentathlon best, having entered the weekend with a PR of 4,126 points.
Alcide is the fourth Razorback to earn SEC weekly accolades this season, and the third to earn field athlete honors. Following the team’s season opener, Tamara Myers
was named the SEC Field Athlete of the Week for a pair of wins in the long jump and triple jump. The following week, Regina George
and Sandi Morris
established NCAA-leading marks at 400 meters and in the pole vault, respectively, to earn league honors.
The Razorbacks return to action Feb. 1-2 with the Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York. The field of competition this weekend is scheduled to feature the top seven teams in this week’s rankings, eight of the top 10 and 13 of the top 25, overall. The Razorbacks began 2013 ranked seventh in the preseason poll and were ranked fifth last week. Arkansas is one of seven SEC teams in this week’s USTFCCCA release, the most of any conference in the country.
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