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Alcide named SEC Field Athlete of the Year

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Alcide named SEC Field Athlete of the Year
FAYETTEVILLE — For her efforts during the 2013 outdoor season, including a victory at the SEC Championships last weekend, Makeba Alcide has been named the SEC Field Athlete of the Year. With Friday’s release, the Razorback senior sweeps the conference’s indoor and outdoor accolades. Alcide is the third woman in program history to win the conference’s outdoor field-event honor. “If you have to have someone lay down the example and get momentum going in a positive direction, (Makeba) does a fantastic job,” Harter said. “Conditions were less than ideal. It was cold and windy. She rose up and answered the challenge all the way through, missing the championship record by a point. What made it even more special was that she got the standard for the World Championships that are in Moscow this summer. I think she has everything in place to go into the national championships on a real positive note.” Alcide established an NCAA-leading and school-record score of 5,968 points in winning the heptathlon at the conference meet last weekend in Columbia, Mo. The win was the second of her career, having won the event for the first time in 2011. During the two-day, seven-event competition, Alcide posted three personal bests and broke the SEC Championships meet record in the high jump with a 1.88m/6-2 clearance. The Castries, St. Lucia, native broke the school record in the heptathlon previously set at 5,925 points by GiGi (Miller) Johnson during the 2001 season. At the conference meet, Alcide also established heptathlon event school records in the high jump and 800 meters, and posted the best first-day score (3,756 points) in school history. Her overall score was just one point shy of the 22-year-old SEC Championships meet record. With her most recent outing, Alcide extended her NCAA lead in the event. She entered the SEC meet with a season-best 5,882 points from the John McDonnell Combined Events in early April. Alcide will be the top-seeded athlete in the heptathlon field at the NCAA Championships. Coupled with her back-to-back conference titles in the pentathlon, Alcide is now a four-time SEC champion. At the 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships, the No. 6 Razorback women finished in third place with 109 points and racked up five event titles. Alcide won the heptathlon, Regina George won her second-consecutive title at 400 meters, Grace Heymsfield broke the meet record in winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Sparkle McKnight took down the school record in a first-place effort in the 400-meter hurdles and the 4×400-meter relay team of George, McKnight, Gwendolyn Flowers and Chrishuna Williams capped the weekend with a victory. All six Razorback champions were named to the All-SEC First Team, while Semehar Tesfaye earned Second-Team honors with her runner-up finish at 10,000 meters. Jessica Kamilos, the top freshman runner in the steeplechase and 5,000 meters, was placed on the SEC All-Freshman Team. A tape-delayed broadcast of the 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships will air May 23 on ESPNU at 7 p.m. (CT). Arkansas’ postseason schedule continues May 23-25 with the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, Texas. Arkansas’ two previous winners of the SEC Field Athlete of the Year were Katie Stripling in 2009 and Tina Sutej in 2011. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.
2013 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Awards
Women’s Field Athlete of the Year Makeba Alcide
All-SEC First Team Makeba Alcide — heptathlon Gwendolyn Flowers — 4x400m Regina George — 400m, 4x400m Grace Heymsfield — 3,000m steeplechase Sparkle McKnight — 400mH, 4x400m Chrishuna Williams — 4x400m
All-SEC Second Team Semehar Tesfaye — 10,000m
SEC All-Freshman Team Jessica Kamilos — steeplechase, 5,000m


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