Daniel Lincoln Named Outdoor Track Athlete of
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – After having a phenomenal outdoor campaign and making history at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif., senior Daniel Lincoln was named the 2003 Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year by Trackshark.com.Lincoln ran his last race as a Razorback as he successfully defended his 3,000-meter steeplechase title (8:26.65) and became the first American to win the NCAA steeplechase three years in a row. James Munyala of UTEP, a Kenya native, claimed top honors from 1975-77. Crossing the line in first extended his winning streak to an incredible 10 races. Lincoln hasn’t lost a collegiate steeplechase race in a little over two years.He also claimed gold in the 10,000 meters and easily shattered the 21-year old school record (28:31.90) with a winning time of 28:20.20. Lincoln is the only runner in the history of the outdoor championships to capture both the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 10,000 meters in the same year.For the week, Lincoln gained 20 points with his finishes and helped lead Arkansas to its 38th national championship and 10th outdoor crown.At the Southeastern Conference Championships he shared the Commissioner’s Trophy with Auburn’s Gabor Mate when they each score 26 points, the most of any individuals at the meet. Lincoln took the tape in the steeplechase for the third-straight year and earned runner-up honors in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs.His commanding league performances aided UA’s return to the podium as it claimed its 19th outdoor conference championship and its first outdoor crown since 2000, completing the coveted SEC triple crown.Besides his individual races, Lincoln was also a member of the winning distance medley relay team at the Texas Relays and the 4xmile relay at the Penn Relays.On June 19 and 21, Lincoln will compete in the steeplechase at the USA Track and Field Championships in Palo Alto, Calif. A top-three finish is required to represent the United States at the World Championships in Paris, France on August 23-31.
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