Cragg Earns SEC Athlete of the Week Honors
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After making history and breaking the collegiate record at the Boston Indoor Games on February 1, with a time of 7:45.22, junior All-American Alistair Cragg was named the Southeastern Conference Athlete of the Week as announced today by the conference office.
“I think it’s well deserved after setting the collegiate record,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “I hope he continues to get SEC honors, because that means his running will continue to improve. If you think of all the performances in the SEC over the weekend, Alistair’s was quiet an achievement.”
The previous collegiate record of 7:46.03 was held by Colorado’s Adam Goucher in 1998. Cragg outran defending 1,500-meter Olympic gold medalist, Noah Ngeny, in the last 500 meters to claim first place and the record. Cragg’s time in the 3,000 meters is currently the fastest time run in the world this year.
He also surpassed the UA school record of 7:46.42, previously held by Joe Falcon in 1989, and automatically qualified himself for the 2003 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships to be held at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., March 14-15.
This was Arkansas’ first athlete to earn the honor for the 2003 indoor season and Cragg’s third SEC Athlete of the Week honor since his arrival at Arkansas in 2001.
Cragg and the rest of the Razorbacks will travel this weekend to Lincoln, Neb., for the Husker Invitational on February 8, before they return to host the Tyson Invitational on February 14-15.
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