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Alcide, George collect USTFCCCA region awards

Alcide, George collect USTFCCCA region awards
FAYETTEVILLE — In advance of competition at this week’s national meet in Eugene, Ore., Razorback seniors Makeba Alcide and Regina George were named South Central Region Athletes of the Year, as released Monday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Alcide was voted the Field Athlete of the Year, while George was selected Track Athlete of the Year. Alcide enters the NCAA Championships as the national leader in the heptathlon and the No. 2 performer in the high jump. The Castries, St. Lucia, native won her second SEC title in the heptathlon in May with a school-record score of 5,968 points. During the two-day, seven-event competition, she broke the SEC Championships meet record with a clearance of 1.88m/6-2 in the high jump. In recognition of her accomplishments, Alcide was voted the SEC Field Athlete of the Year. George was the SEC outdoor champion at 400 meters for the second-consecutive season, and anchored the Razorbacks’ 4×400-meter relay to its third conference title in four years. The Arkansas senior enters the national meet with the No. 2 time in the country, a school-record performance of 51.00 at the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin. In March, George was part of a school-record showing in the 4×400-meter relay at the Texas Relays. She teamed with Gwendolyn Flowers, Sparkle McKnight and Chrishuna Williams to post a time of 3:28.42. The No. 7 University of Arkansas women’s track and field team will complete its 2013 season at the NCAA Outdoor Championships beginning Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene. The Razorbacks have 11 national entries spread among nine events, nine athletes and one relay. In addition to Alcide and George, Arkansas will be represented at the NCAA meet by Stephanie Brown (1,500 meters), Flowers (400-meter hurdles), Kirsten Hesseltine (high jump), Grace Heymsfield (3,000-meter steeplechase), McKnight (400-meter hurdles), Tamara Myers (triple jump), Semehar Tesfaye (10,000 meters) and the team’s 4×400-meter relay. The Razorbacks’ 11 scoring opportunities are the fifth-largest haul in the country. Each day of NCAA Outdoor Championships will be broadcast with coverage spread among Pac-12 Live Stream, and ESPNU. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.

Download: WTR Notes Package_2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships.pdf

Sports Category : Track & Field (W)