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SEC recognizes standout performers

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SEC recognizes standout performers
FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas picked up three honorees 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. Shelise Williams ran to the Female Runner of the Week and Tina Sutej was selected as the Female Field Athlete of the Week.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.In winning the 400 meters at the Razorback Invitational, Williams clocked the nation’s fastest time of 52.59 and an NCAA automatic-qualifying effort. She is the first to reach the auto mark in the event this season. Already the school-record holder, her time of 52.59 is now the second-fastest time in school history. Williams returned to the track with Arkansas’ 4×400-meter relay to establish a new school record of 3:32.48 to win the event and post an automatic qualifier, the first team to secure its spot at the NCAA Championships.Sutej won her third pole vault competition of the season in as many meets with a nation-best 14-6 clearance. It also marks her third NCAA automatic-qualifying mark of the season. After passing on the first few rounds of the event, she cleared the next four heights without a miss. With the victory in hand, she took three attempts at a would-be collegiate record of 14-10.75. Her clearance of 14-6 is the No. 2 mark in the school history.In addition to the school record in the 4×400-meter relay, another school record fell as Kevin Lazas replaced the previous heptathlon mark 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 ArkansasRazorbacks.com for more information and continued coverage.


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