FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas sophomore Andrew Irwin has been named the SEC Field Athlete of the Week for his performance last weekend at the Texas State Elite in San Marcos, Texas. The outdoor opener was the first for Irwin and the No. 2 Razorbacks since winning the NCAA indoor team title March 9 in Fayetteville. The meet also featured No. 5 Texas, No. 12 UCLA, UT-San Antonio and host Texas State.
In his first competition since winning his second national indoor title, Irwin began his 2013 outdoor season with an SEC- and NCAA-leading performance to win the pole vault. Winning the competition by more than a foot, Irwin had a final clearance of 5.60m/18-4.5. The result is also tied for the top outdoor clearance in the world this year. Irwin was the only pole vaulter in the nation to clear 18 feet last weekend, and only one of three to eclipse the barrier this season.
Irwin is the two-time defending NCAA indoor champion in the pole vault, and has won three SEC titles in the event including last season’s outdoor victory in Baton Rouge, La. In winning that title, he set the American junior and program record with his final clearance of 5.72m/18-9.25.
Dating back to the indoor season, Tuesday’s release is the first SEC selection of the season for Irwin. The Mount Ida, Ark., native is one of two Razorbacks on the 2013 Bowerman Watch List which was released most recently March 13 by the USTFCCCA. Irwin and teammate Kevin Lazas, the NCAA champion in the heptathlon, take up two spots on the 10-man list.
Arkansas returns to action this weekend with the team split between its home Spring Invitational 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.