LEXINGTON, Ky. – After day one of the 2012 Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships, the No. 1 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team has four in scoring position in the heptathlon. Kevin Lazas leads the quartet of Razorbacks with 3,265 points, good for third place with three to go in the seven-event competition. He is followed by Gunnar Nixon in fourth with 3,200 points, Terry Prentice in fifth with 3,107 points and Nathanael Franks in eighth with 2,942 points.
"Overall, it was a solid day," multi-events and assistant coach Travis Geopfert said. "Sometimes, the combined events can be a bit like a boxing match when you have that many guys competing when some are up and some are down.
"Kevin had a really solid day and is right at PR pace, Terry is right on pace for his PR and Nathanael is actually up on his PR pace. Gunnar had a bit of an off day and sometimes you have that but he’s in good spirits looking forward to day two. All four of these guys are in position to score for the team tomorrow and that’s what this meet is all about."
Lazas was the Razorbacks’ top performer through the first two events of the day with a pair of third-place results in the 60 meters and long jump. He posted a time of 7.09 in the opener and followed with a personal-best mark of 7.37m/24-2.25 in the long jump. Prentice also got off to a fast start Friday, clocking a personal-best time of 7.15 in the 60 meters. At the end of two events, Lazas and Prentice were third and fourth, respectively, in the standings.
Nixon and Franks were in sixth and eighth, respectively, through the first two events. Nixon was sixth in both the 60 meters and long jump, while Franks was eighth in the 60 meters and seventh in the long jump with a personal-best mark of 6.72m/22-0.75 on his second attempt.
Lazas continued his strong start by winning the shot put with a personal-best throw of 14.11m/46-3.5 and 735 points. His teammates backed his efforts in the event with a third-place finish from Franks at 13.69m/44-11 and Nixon at 13.57m/44-6.25. Prentice rounded out the team’s efforts with a throw of 12.66m/41-6.5, good for sixth place.
In the final heptathlon event of the day, Nixon had his highest placing with a runner-up effort in the high jump. The Razorback freshman had a final clearance of 2.06m/6-9 to add 859 points to his total. Lazas and Prentice tied for fifth in the event with equal marks of 1.97m/6-5.5 and 776 points. Franks scored 696 points in the high jump with a final clearance of 1.88m/6-2.
The conclusion of the heptathlon will include competition in the 60-meter hurdles, pole vault and 1,000 meters. The heptathlon is scheduled to resume Saturday at 1:50 p.m. (CT).
The SEC Indoor Championships will air as part of a 90-minute show on ESPNU on Sunday, March 11 at 4 p.m. (CT). The meet will also be streamed live via ESPN3.com on Saturday from 1:05-6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12:25-4 p.m. Kentucky will stream live portions of the meet not covered by ESPN3.
Competition continues Saturday at 11 a.m. Scoring opportunities on day two include the conclusion of the heptathlon and finals in the men’s 3,000 meters, high jump and long jump. Preliminary heats in the running events also begin Saturday. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
SEC Championships – Friday Results
Heptathlon (Day 1)3. Kevin Lazas – 3,265 points3. 60m – 7.09 – 851 points3. Long jump – 7.37m/24-2.25 (PR) – 903 points1. Shot put – 14.11m/46-3.5 (PR) – 735 points 5. High jump – 1.97m/6-5.5 – 776 points 4. Gunnar Nixon – 3,200 points6. 60m – 7.17 – 823 points6. Long jump – 7.01m/23-0 – 816 points 4. Shot put – 13.57m/44-6.25 – 702 points 2. High jump – 2.06m/6-9 – 859 points5. Terry Prentice – 3,107 points5. 60m – 7.15 (PR) – 830 points4. Long jump – 7.17m/23-6.25 – 854 points6. Shot put – 12.66m/41-6.5 – 647 points5. High jump – 1.97m/6-5.5 – 776 points8. Nathanael Franks – 2,942 points8. 60m – 7.27 – 789 points7. Long jump – 6.72m/22-0.75 (PR) – 748 points3. Shot put – 13.69m/44-11 – 709 points 9. High jump – 1.88m/6-2 – 696 points
Download: Day 1 Results – SEC Championships.pdf