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Marek Niit
Courtesy: Arkansas
Release: 02/03/2009

PERSONAL BESTS
Indoor
200m – 20.70 (SEC Championships, 2/26/11)
400m – 45.99 (SEC Championships, 2/26/11)
Outdoor
100m – 10.19 (Arkansas Spring Invitational, 3/31/12)
200m – 20.43 (NCAA Championships, 6/9/11)
400m – 45.91 (John McDonnell Invitational, 4/21/12)

HONORS & AWARDS
Nine-time All-American
2012 NCAA indoor champion (4x400m)
Four-time SEC champion (indoor: 200m, 4x400m; outdoor: 200m, 4x100m)
Five-time All-SEC
2012 NCAA West Preliminary qualifier (200m, 4x100m, 4x400m)
2012 Olympian (Estonia, 100m/200m)
Two-time World Championships qualifier (Estonia)

2012 || INDOOR: Niit was an NCAA champion with the 4x400-meter relay, helping capture the program’s first-ever NCAA title in the event. He also finished in fourth place at 400 meters at the NCAA Championships with a season-best time of 46.04 in the final. With his performance at the national meet, he added two first-team All-America accolades to his resume. Niit was the SEC champion at 200 meters and, with the team victory in hand, returned to the track to help the 4x400-meter relay to a third-place finish at the SEC Championships. During the USA Track & Field Classic in Fayetteville, Niit and the 4x400m ran to a winning time of 3:03.76, the second-fastest time in program history and the No. 11 time ever run by a 4x400-meter relay team. For the performance, the 4x400m earned a collective SEC Runner of the Week award. At the Arkansas Last Chance meet, he posted a season-best time of 20.85 at 200 meters. OUTDOOR: Niit added two All-America accolades with a pair of sixth-places finishes with the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays at the NCAA Championships. He also qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary at 200 meters and advanced to the second round of the event. Niit was a three-time scorer at the SEC Championships including a conference title with the 4x100-meter relay as the anchor. It was the program’s first SEC title in the event. He also had a seventh-place finish at 100 meters and sixth-place result at 200 meters at the conference meet. At the Drake Relays, Niit was a winner with the 4x200-meter relay and helped the 4x400-meter relay to a season-best time of 3:02.47, the third-fastest time in school history. Following the collegiate season, Niit advanced to the semifinals of the 200 meters at the European Championships in June. Representing his native Estonia, he competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London at 100 meters and 200 meters.

2011 || INDOOR: Niit opened the year with a fifth-place showing in the 600 meters (1:22.92) at the Arkansas Invitational. He finished second in the 200 meters and helped the 4x400-meter relay to a first-place finish at the Arkansas-Texas Dual. Niit returned to the track at the Razorback Invitational with a runner-up effort in the 400 meters at 46.76, a fourth-place result at 200 meters with a time of 21.05 and a bronze finish as part of the 4x400-meter relay which crossed in 3:09.16. At the New Balance Collegiate, he continued his relays duties and ran the lead-off leg for Arkansas' mile relay that clocked in at 3:09.08, good for a runner-up spot. Niit turned in a pair of seventh-place finishes in the 200 meters (21.02) and 400 meters (46.67) and a third-place finish with the 4x400-meter relay (3:08.68) at the Tyson Invitational. At the SEC Championships, Niit ran the second leg for Arkansas' victorious 4x400-meter relay that clocked an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 3:05.13. For his role in the relay win, he earned First-Team All-SEC honors. He was also responsible for a sixth-place finish at 200 meters and seventh-place result at 400 meters during the conference meet. During the preliminary round of his individual events, Niit collected personal bests in the 200 meters at 20.70 and 400 meters at 45.99. At the NCAA Championships, Niit earned two All-America selections by way of a third-place finish with the 4x400-meter relay (3:06.79) and ninth-place qualifying effort in the 200 meters (21.08).  OUTDOOR: At the first meet of the outdoor season, Niit posted a victory in the 100 meters and helped the 4x100-meter relay to a time of 39.91, good for second place. For his efforts in Texas, he earned his first of two SEC Runner of the Week accolades. At Texas Relays, Niit was a member of three relays during the weekend including two runner-up finishes with the 4x200-meter relay (1:23.52) and sprint-medley relay (3:16.83). He continued his relay duties at Penn Relays where he helped Arkansas to a second-place finish in the distance-medley relay, fifth-place result in the 4x200-meter relay and sixth-place showing in the 4x400-meter relay. At the Arkansas Twilight, Niit posted victories at 200 meters in a then-personal best 20.46 and with the 4x100-meter relay in 39.47. He was once again recognized by the SEC on the heels of his work at the Twilight. At the SEC Championships, Niit ran to the 200-meter title to tally first-place points toward the Razorbacks' team total. The win, which earned him First-Team All-SEC honors, was Arkansas' first in the event since the 1995 season. During the conference weekend, he also finished fifth in the 100 meters and was part of the runner-up 4x100-meter team. Niit went on to compete at the NCAA West Preliminary in the 200 meters and with the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays. He qualified for the national meet in all three events. At the NCAA Championships earned three All-America honors including a pair of first-team selections for his runner-up finish at 200 meters in a personal-best 20.38 and fifth-place performance with the 4x400-meter relay which clocked a season-best 3:03.59. Following the collegiate season, Niit went on to the World Championships to represent his native Estonia. He finished 32nd in the qualifying heats of the 100 meters and 29th in the opening rounds of the 200 meters.

2010 || Niit redshirted during the indoor and outdoor seasons.

2009 || INDOOR: Niit made his Arkansas debut at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, clocking times of 21.51 in the prelims and 21.50 in the finals of the 200 meters. He finished eighth overall. At the Tyson Invitational, he clocked times of 6.86 and 6.83, respectively, in the prelims and the finals of the 60 meters. He also ran the lead leg of the 4x400-meter relay that clocked an NCAA provisional-qualifying time of 3:09.49 to win the event. He was the SEC runner-up at 200 meters with a time of 20.90, the No. 6 mark on Arkansas' all-time list. He clocked a prelim time of 20.97. Both times were NCAA provisional qualifiers and he earned All-SEC honors. At the ISU Last Chance, he ran the lead leg of the 4x400-meter relay that clocked a season-best and an improved NCAA qualifying time of 3:09.02. He ended the season with an 11th-place finish and a time of 21.12 at the NCAA Championships. OUTDOOR: At Texas Relays, he competed in the 4x200-meter relay (1:23.47, second) and the sprint medley relay (3:19.26, second). The SMR clocked the No. 9 time in school history. He clocked 200-meter splits of 20.21 and 20.70, respectively. He ran the second leg of the 4x100-meter relay that earned a runner-up finish at the John McDonnell Invitational with a regional-qualifying time of 40.04. Niit ran for that same relay team throughout the season and they improved their time at the SEC Championships where they placed sixth with an improved regional-qualifying time of 39.65. Also, at the SEC Championships, he ran the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay that finished seventh in a time of 3:10.05. In his first open 200 meters, at the SEC Championships, he clocked a time of 20.91 to finish fifth. He clocked a prelim time of 20.78, the No. 10 on Arkansas' all-time list. At the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships, he finished seventh in the 200 meters (20.80) and sixth as the second leg of the 4x100-meter relay (39.87). At the NCAA Championships, Niit ran the second leg of the sprint relay that finished 10th in the prelims with a time of 39.43. The quartet was the first left out of the final despite clocking the No. 5 time on the Arkansas list. He ended his season competing for his native Estonia at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. He clocked a 200-meter qualifying time of 21.21 and advanced to the next round but opted not to run because of injury.

PRIOR TO ARKANSAS: He was the 2006 World Junior Champion at 200 meters. He clocked a 20.96 at the event in Beijing, China that season. He held prep bests of 10.46 in the 100 meters, 20.64w/20.69 in the 200 meters.

PERSONAL: Born Aug. 9, 1987 in Kuressaare, Estonia, he is the son of Vello and Anu Niit. He is enrolled in the Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and is majoring in food science.


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