FAYETTEVILLE — In recognition of its victory at the 2013 SEC Indoor Championship meet, the University of Arkansas women’s track and field team was honored Tuesday evening with a reception hosted by Chancellor G. David Gearhart at the Wallace W. and Jama W. Fowler House. The on-campus celebration was in recognition of a team title at the Feb. 22-24 conference meet at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.
Gearhart and his wife Jane, in conjunction with Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long, formed the initiative to recognize Razorback teams that have won an SEC Championship with a ceremony at the Fowler House, home of Chancellor and Mrs. Gearhart.
“I want to congratulate you on a fantastic season and fantastic win,” Chancellor Gearhart said while addressing the team. “Winning the SEC Championships is a big deal. The schools in the league are the best in the country and you all pulled through and made it happen. I want you to know, on behalf of the faculty, administration and our Board, that we are very proud of you.”
Arkansas women’s track and field student-athlete, coaches and staff were joined by members of the University administration for the ceremony. After comments from Chancellor Gearhart, Long and head coach Lance Harter, members of the team were presented with a Chancellor’s Award medal for their achievements during the 2013 indoor season.
At the conference meet, the Razorbacks racked up 114.5 points over the three-day competition to finish five points clear of LSU in a tight team race that went down to the final event–the 4×400-meter relay. Arkansas won three event titles with Makeba Alcide in the pentathlon, Regina George at 400 meters and the team’s 4×400-meter relay of George, Gwendolyn Flowers, Sparkle McKnight and Chrishuna Williams.
In her victory at the SEC meet, Alcide broke the collegiate record in the pentathlon with a final tally of 4,569 points. George lowered her own then-school record at 400 meters and then anchored the 4×400-meter relay to a school-record time of 3:29.60. With the league result, the program now has 20 SEC titles overall–13 cross country, four indoor track and field and three outdoor track and field. The win was Arkansas’ first SEC title since the 2003 season.
Arkansas went on to finish in fourth place at the NCAA Indoor Championships, which was also contested in Fayetteville. The Razorbacks scored a program-high 42.5 points on their way to a second top-four national finish in the last three years. The Arkansas women finished the indoor campaign with 15 All-America accolades.
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