KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Freshmen Makeba Alcide and Leah Orley, members of the No. 11 Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field team, have put themselves in excellent position to score points for the squad on day one of the SEC Outdoor Championships, in Knoxville, Tenn., on Thursday.
"After a difficult travel day yesterday to get here, we had some solid events today," head coach Lance Harter said. "Makeba Alcide had four personals bests and put up a great point total. She’s giving it everything she has and really had a very good first day."
"A lack of focus cost Leah Orley big time in the 100-meter hurdles," Harter said. "But she has come back with solid efforts in the high jump, shot put and 200 meters. We’ll decide tomorrow if she continues in the heptathlon or switches her focus solely to the 400-meter hurdles."
Freshman Makeba Alcide is sixth after day one. She has a point total of 3,197 points. Alcide recorded four personal bests in Thursday’s events. She opened the day with a 10th place finish, time of 14.32 and 934 points in the 100-meter hurdles. She followed up with a fourth-place finish, 806 points and a clearance of 5-5.25 in the high jump. She finished third in the shot put with a toss of 38-3.25 and ninth in the 200 meters with a time of 25.76.
Freshman Leah Orley is 11th after day one with 2,954 points. She had a rough start to the day with a 14th-place finish and time of 15.66 after hitting the first hurdles in the 100-meter hurdle race. She rebounded well with a clearance of 5-3 and 736 points in the high jump, a sixth-place finish and toss of 36-11.5 in the shot put and a time of 25.40 and 850 points in the 200 meters. Her marks in the high jump, shot put and 200 meters are all personal bests.
The Razorbacks will continue competition Friday with the conclusion of the heptathlon at 4 p.m.