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SEC recognizes Tuach

SEC recognizes Tuach
FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas men’s track and field team earned recognition as the Southeastern Conference announced its track and field athletes of the week Tuesday afternoon. Dey Tuach was tabbed the SEC Male Runner of the Week, the first such selection of his career.

Tuach ran to a runner-up result in the invitational 800 meters at the Razorback Invitational, clocking a time of 1:48.70, the fifth-fastest time in the nation. The race marked his Arkansas debut in the event. He also ran the 800-meter leg of Arkansas’ distance-medley relay that clocked an NCAA automatic-qualifying time of 9:30.85, good for a second-place finish, the No. 2 time in the nation and the ninth-best performance in school history.

He combined with Bryan Cantero, Chris Bilbrew and Duncan Phillips in the DMR performance. In other standout showings at the Razorback Invitational, Tarik Batchelor picked up his third overall NCAA automatic qualifier, and second in the triple jump with a third-place finish in the event and Kevin Lazas replaced the previous heptathlon school record with 5,509 total points.

The two-day Razorback Invitational was a showcase for the nation’s top talent competing on the newly resurfaced track and runways at the Randal Tyson Track Center. All told, the men’s and women’s field combined to collect 23 NCAA automatic-qualifying marks.

Both teams return to action with the New Balance Collegiate Invitational to be held Feb. 4-5 at the Armory Track & Field Center in New York. Log on to for more information and continued coverage.

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