FAYETTEVILLE — On the heels of two event wins at the Texas State Elite meet, University of Arkansas senior Regina George has been named the SEC Women’s Runner of the Week as announced Tuesday by the league office. George and the 12th-ranked Razorbacks began their outdoor season March 23 at the five-team competition in San Marcos, Texas.
George opened her 2013 outdoor campaign with an NCAA-leading performance of 2:03.79 to win the 800 meters. The race was George’s first open 800-meter competition since 2009, her senior year in high school. The result for George is also the No. 2 time in the world this year. George was nearly six seconds faster than the second-place runner in the season-opening race. She last ran 800 meters as a leg on Arkansas’ victorious 4×800-meter relay at the 2010 Texas Relays.
The time is the fastest by a Razorback since teammate Stephanie Brown ran 2:02.59 at the 2011 NCAA West Preliminary. Running the second leg of Arkansas’ 4×100-meter relay, George began the day teaming with Gwendolyn Flowers, Sparkle McKnight and Tamara Myers to win in a time of 44.63, more than 1.5 seconds faster than the runner-up team.
The outdoor opener was a scored competition that also included a field of No. 16 Illinois, No. 24 UCLA, UT-San Antonio and host Texas State. Tuesday’s release marks the third SEC Runner of the Week honor for George this year, dating back to the indoor season. She was previously recognized Jan. 22 and Feb. 12 following performances at the Texas A&M Triangular and Tyson Invitational, respectively.
Arkansas returns to action this weekend with the team split between its home Spring Invitational, Texas Relays in Austin and Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. 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.
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