Alistair Cragg Named Regional Athlete of the Y
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Senior All-American Alistair Cragg was named the Indoor South Central Regional Athlete of the Year as announced by the Division I Coaches Association of the United States Track Coaches Association at the NCAA Coaches Banquet on Thursday night. This year’s award marked the second-straight time Cragg has earned the honor during his career at Arkansas.
During the 2004 indoor season Cragg reclaimed the collegiate 3,000-meter record with a time of 7:38.59 and garnered runner-up honors against a world-class field at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 14. His time also broke former Razorback great Frank O’Mara’s Irish national record and at the time it was the fourth-fastest time run in the world this year.
At the SEC Indoor Championships on Feb. 28-29, Cragg successfully defended his 3,000-meter title with a Nutter Field House record time of 7:59.25. On the second day of competition he captured the 5K crown with a new automatic qualifying time of 13:42.95 and in the process shattered a 14-year SEC championship meet record.
With his performances he tallied 20 points for Arkansas and shared the Commissioner’s Trophy with teammate Tyson Gay and Auburn’s Leevan Sands. Cragg became the first track athlete in league history to win the award three consecutive times.
At this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., Cragg will represent Arkansas in both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs. He hopes to repeat and take the tape in both events, while helping lead the No. 1 ranked Razorbacks to their 39th national championship.
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