SEC Track and Field Athletes of the Week (January 29, 2013)
SEC Men’s Runner of the Week: Florida Men’s 4x400-Meter Relay Team
• Turned in the world’s fastest time in the men’s 4x400-meter relay, clocking a 3:05.93, using the quartet of Hugh Graham, Dedric Dukes, Leonardo Seymore and Arman Hall. Impressively, the relay group consists of three underclassmen.
• Time went down as the fastest in the SEC and the nation this season and came against a stiff field at the Razorback Team Invitational that included relay teams from Arkansas, LSU and Baylor, all of which currently rank among the nation’s top 4x400-meter relay foursomes.
• Helped Florida cap off a second-place finish at the Razorback Team Invitational, second only to No. 1 Arkansas.
SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Kevin Lazas, Arkansas
• Won the heptathlon at last weekend’s Razorback Team Invitational with a school-record and NCAA-leading performance of 6,042 points.
• Became just the eighth collegiate heptathlete to top 6,000 points and is now ranked No. 6 on the all-time collegiate performance list. His score also is the ninth-highest performance in NCAA history.
• With his weekend performance, Lazas took the national lead in the heptathlon by 223 points.
• During the two-day, seven-event competition, he won four of the seven events and established three personal bests.
• Heptathlon score is the No. 2 total in the world this year and adds more than 100 points to his previous career-best score of 5,930 points.
SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week: Maicel Uibo, Georgia
• Competed in his first collegiate heptathlon and came away with the second-best tally in Georgia school history.
• Charted career-best efforts in six of his seven events to score 5,755 points for a runner-up finish at the Razorback Team Invitational.
• Finish put him fourth on the national performance list and second on the SEC list.
• Highlighted his heptathlon by winning the high jump with the best jump of his life at 6-11.75.
SEC Women’s Runner of the Week: Natoya Goule, LSU
• Turned in a national-leading and personal-best performance in winning the Razorback Team Invitational crown in the women’s 800m on Saturday.
• Battled teammate Charlene Lipsey for the event title, as she slashed more than two seconds off of her previous indoor PR with a season-opening 2:03.49 to grab the No. 1 spot in the national rankings. Lipsey, who placed second in the highly competitive event, ranks second nationally in the women’s 800m.
• Became the No. 2 all-time 800m indoor runner in LSU school history.
• Returned to the track to anchor the Lady Tigers to the NCAA’s sixth-fastest time in the 4x400-meter relay with a season-best 52.41 split, teaming with Siedda Herbert, Lipsey and Montenae Roye-Speight to run a 3:36.45 time. The three 4x400m relay teams that placed ahead of LSU at the Razorback Team Invitational currently rank in the top-five nationally.
SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Makeba Alcide, Arkansas
• Became the No. 3 all-time collegiate performer in the pentathlon last Friday with a victory at the Razorback Team Invitational. In the win, broke the Arkansas school record and posted an NCAA-leading score of 4,464 points in the five-event competition.
• In her first pentathlon of the season, established the sixth-highest collegiate score ever and racked up four lifetime-best performances, including a school-record effort of 1.89m/6-2.25 in the high jump, becoming the first-ever Razorback over six feet in the event and is currently ranked third among NCAA athletes this season.
• Established a national record for her home country of St. Lucia and replaced the previous school record of 4,141 set 11 years ago by former Razorback All-American DeeDee Brown.
• Added more than 300 points to her pentathlon best, having entered the weekend with a PR of 4,126 points.
SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week: Chanice Porter, Georgia
• Is now 2-for-2 in collegiate competitions after winning the long jump with the nation’s best mark this year (21-0.50).
• Her opening attempt shot her to No. 4 on Georgia’s all-time top-10 list with the best mark for Georgia since Hyleas Fountain set the school record in 2004.
• Currently ranks No. 1 in the nation and No. 13 in the world in the women’s long jump this season.