Cragg Earns National Track and Field Athlete o
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Junior All-American Alistair Cragg was named Mondo National Athlete of the Year by the Division I Coaches Association of the United States Track Coaches Association after he helped lead Arkansas to its 17th NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship with 52 points on March 15.
This award caps off what Cragg has been able to accomplish this year. Earlier this week his was named Indoor Track Athlete of the Year by Trackshark.com and last week he was also named South Central Regional Athlete of the Year by the Division I Coaches Association of the U.S. Track Coaches Association.
At the NCAA Championships he earned 20 points, the most by any male athlete at the meet, by successfully defending his title in the 5,000 meters with a new school and Tyson Track Center record time of 13:28.93. The next day Cragg won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 7:55.68.
During the 2003 season, Cragg set two new school records and one collegiate record, while going undefeated in all his races. At the Boston Indoor Games on February 1, he broke the collegiate record in the 3K with a time of 7:45.22, which included defeating the defending gold medalist from the 2000 Olympics, Noah Nygeny.
At the SEC Championships on March 2, Cragg was awarded with the Commissioner’s Trophy for the second-straight year after garnering the most individual points (20) at the meet by winning the 3,000 meters and mile run.
Cragg, the Johannesburg, South Africa native, hopes to keep his momentum and success going as he heads into the outdoor season.
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