SEC Track and Field Athletes of the Week (February 12, 2013)
SEC Men’s Runner of the Week: Caleb Cross, Arkansas
• Capped his three-round day with a victory in the 60-meter hurdles at the Tyson Invitational with a personal-best time of 7.65. Friday’s final produced three of the top-five times in the NCAA this season.
• Owns the top 60-meter hurdles time in the SEC and is ranked No. 2 in the nation in the event.
• Finished just .01 seconds off the school record of 7.64 set by Michael Thomas in 2003, and replaced his previous best of 7.67 run last year at the NCAA Championships in Nampa, Idaho.
SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Marquis Dendy, Florida
• Turned in the nation’s top mark in the men’s long jump on Friday with a season-best leap of 7.99m/26-2.75 to capture the event at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet.
• Followed with a personal-best leap in the triple jump (16.10m/52-10) that went down as the seventh-best mark in the NCAA this season and the sixth-best all-time at Florida.
SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week: Elias Hakansson, Alabama
• Broke a 15-year-old school record in the men’s weight throw to capture the event and help his Alabama team place second at the 2013 Mark Colligan Memorial, hosted by the University of Nebraska.
• The school record set by Hakansson came on a throw of 20.35m/66-9.25 and eclipsed by 3.5 inches a 15-year-old mark set by Derrick Jones in 1998.
• Marked Hakansson’s second individual victory of the indoor season.
• His series produced five of the six longest throws in Alabama school history, all exceeding 60 feet, before closing with his record-setting effort.
SEC Women’s Runner of the Week: Regina George, Arkansas
• Shattered the Arkansas school record and posted a world-leading time of 51.67 in winning the invitational section of the 400 meters at the Tyson Invitational.
• Extended her NCAA lead in the event and is the only collegian under 52 seconds.
• Finished more than a second ahead of the 400-meter field that included five athletes with times inside the nation’s top-15.
• Replaced the previous school mark of 52.10 set by former teammate Shelise Williams in 2011, and now owns the indoor and outdoor 400-meter school records.
• Also turned in a split of 51.72 as the lead-off leg for the Razorbacks 4x400-meter relay team that posted a season-best time of 3:31.78, the No. 3 time in the NCAA this season.
SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Jeannelle Scheper, South Carolina
• Won the invitational section of the women’s high jump at the Tyson Invitational with a personal-record clearance of 1.91m/6-3.25. That mark makes her the new collegiate leader.
• Now leads the SEC in the women’s high jump, leading Arkansas’ Makeba Alcide by an inch.
• Entered the season as the indoor and outdoor South Carolina record holder at 6-0, but has now bettered her record twice this season.
• Is the only Gamecock to ever clear 6-0 in the women’s high jump and has now done so five times in the last two seasons, including three clearances this season.
• Has won or placed second in all four of her events this season.
SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week: LaQue Moen-Davis, Texas A&M
• Took over the SEC lead in the women’s triple jump with a winning mark of 13.29m/43-7.25 , which ranks third nationally and is No. 3 on the Aggie all-time list.
• Is the nation’s top freshman in the women’s triple jump.
• Led a 1-5 Texas A&M finish in the event where four Aggie jumpers eclipsed 40 feet and the fifth jumper was half an inch away.
• Also set a personal-best time in the 50-meter hurdles to place fifth with a time of 8.53, which ranks among the top-15 in the SEC this season.