FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The eighth-ranked University of Arkansas men's track and field team collected 18 All-America honors Tuesday with the release of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-America list for the 2012 outdoor season. The Razorbacks earned 14 first-team certificates headlined by three-time selection Akheem Gauntlett.
Individually, Gauntlett earned his first of three honors with a seventh-place finish at 400 meters. He was also part of the Razorback relays that each finished sixth nationally. In the 4x100-meter relay, he combined with Neil Braddy, Caleb Cross and Marek. Gauntlett then teamed with Braddy, Niit and Ben Skidmore in the 4x400-meter relay. Travis Southard also earned recognition with the 4x400 relay after running in the semifinal round.
Other first-team performers were Raymond Higgs in the long jump, Kevin Lazas in the decathlon, Gunnar Nixon in the decathlon and Duncan Phillips in the 1,500 meters. Higgs and Lazas both finished in third place in their respective event. Nixon was fifth in the decathlon, while Phillips ran to a seventh-place finish in the final race of his collegiate career.
Braddy finished 15th in the semifinals of the 400 meters and Cross was 16th overall in the 400-meter hurdles to earn second-team honors. Cross collected his third selection as an honorable mention performer in the 110-meter hurdles. Terry Prentice, in his NCAA Championships debut, also garnered honorable mention accolades for his effort in the decathlon.
Braddy and Niit now have nine All-America honors during their respective careers while Skidmore will end his time at Arkansas as a seven-time selection. Cross and Phillips each earned their sixth accolades and Gauntlett closed out his first year as a Razorback with five All-America honors. For the fourth time, Lazas and Southard were mentioned. Higgs is now a three-time All-American, Nixon was selected for the second time and Prentice earned his first career recognition.
Gauntlett was one of four men to collect three First-Team All-America honors to lead the country in the category. As a conference, the SEC notched the most first-team nods with 68, followed by the Big 12 (36), Big Ten (31) and Pac-12 (27).
First-team honors were given to those who placed in the championships' top eight or were a member of an eight-person final. Second-team honors were handed out to those who earned final classification between ninth and 16th place. Others who participated at the final site earned honorable mention. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Caleb Cross - 4x100m
Neil Braddy - 4x100m, 4x400m
Akheem Gauntlett - 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m
Raymond Higgs - long jump
Kevin Lazas - decathlon
Marek Niit - 4x100m, 4x400m
Gunnar Nixon - decathlon
Duncan Phillips - 1,500m
Ben Skidmore - 4x400m
Travis Southard - 4x400m
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