SEC Track and Field Athletes of the Week (April 9, 2013)
SEC Men’s Runner of the Week: Henry Lelei, Texas A&M
• Broke his own Texas A&M school record and bettered the meet record in posting a world-leading time in adverse conditions to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase during the Oregon Pepsi Team Invitational.
• With a winning time of 8:32.94, Lelei improved his Aggie school record from an 8:38.90 set last season and broke the meet record of 8:40.91 set in 1996.
• Bettered the world-leading time of 8:33.74 set earlier in the day by Australian Youcef Abdi in Melbourne.
• In winning his second consecutive Pepsi Team Invitational title, Lelei posted one of the fastest times ever in the steeplechase during a dual, tri or quad meet setting.
SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week: Sam Humphreys, Texas A&M
• Remained undefeated in the javelin during the 2013 season, as he won Oregon’s Pepsi Team Invitational with a mark of 78.10/256-3, topping the field by nearly 18 feet.
• Currently leads the nation and the SEC in the men’s javelin event.
• Runner-up with a toss of 238-5 was Oregon’s Sam Crouser, currently ranked third among collegians in 2013.
• Last summer, Humphreys and Crouser finished 1-2 at the U.S. Olympic Trials, as each set career best marks.
SEC Men’s Freshman of the Week: Najee Glass, Florida
• Ran a personal best of 45.71 in the men’s 400-meter dash at the Pepsi Florida Relays, finishing second overall in the event.
• Currently leads the SEC and ranks second nationally in the men’s 400-meter dash behind USC senior Bryshon Nellum (45.54), who won the event at the Pepsi Florida Relays.
• Ran the opening leg of the Florida men’s 4x400-meter relay, which finished as the top collegiate team at the event in a time of 3:04.39.
• The Florida 4x400m quartet of Glass, Hugh Graham, Leonardo Seymore and Arman Hall currently ranks fourth in the nation. Glass, at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, was part of a 4x400m group that turned in a nation-leading time of 3:02.65.
SEC Women’s Runner of the Week: Natoya Goule, LSU
• Scored an historic victory in her outdoor season debut in the 800 meters at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational on Saturday afternoon, racing to a world-leading, NCAA-leading and SEC-leading time of 2:01.18 to break LSU’s nine-year-old outdoor school record in the event.
• Eclipsed the previous school record of 2:01.32 set by former Lady Tiger national champion Neisha Bernard-Thomas.
• Her lifetime personal best of 2:01.18 is more than one second faster than the No. 2 ranked time in the world rankings of 2:02.20 by Australia’s Kelly Hetherington and nearly three seconds faster than the No. 2-ranked time in the NCAA rankings of 2:03.79 by Arkansas’ Regina George.
• Led the Lady Tigers to a victory in the 4x400-meter relay, with a 53.2-second split on the anchor leg as she teamed with senior Latoya McDermott, junior Nikita Tracey and senior Siedda Herbert to run their second-fastest time of the spring at 3:34.94.
• Her performance led an LSU sweep as the Lady Tigers defeated UCLA, 92-70, and TCU, 111-42, in dual meets.
SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Week: Makeba Alcide, Arkansas
• Competing in her second heptathlon in as many weeks, scored an NCAA-leading 5,882 points to win the two-day, seven-event competition at the John McDonnell Invitational.
• With her performance, the Razorback senior moved into the No. 2 spot on the Arkansas all-time list, just 43 points behind the school record of 5,925 points set by Gi-Gi Miller in 2001.
• Alcide’s score is a personal best by more than 200 points, surpassing her previous best of 5,646 scored at the 2011 SEC Championships in Athens, Ga.
• On day one of the heptathlon, Alcide broke the program’s 10-year-old school record in the high jump with a final clearance of 1.88m/6-2. The mark in the high jump is tied for the top spot in the SEC and No. 2 in the NCAA.
• Alcide won four of the seven events during the McDonnell Combined Events, which produced the No. 1 and No. 3 heptathlon scores in the country this year.
SEC Women’s Freshman of the Week: Marija Vucenovic, Florida
• Won her second Florida title in just her second collegiate competition, taking home the women’s javelin crown with a toss of 55.43m/181-10 at the Pepsi Florida Relays.
• Her throw currently leads the nation by nearly five feet better than second-ranked Lauren Kenney of Alabama (176-11). She is the only collegian to eclipse 180 feet this year.
• Her throw went down as the third-best in UF school history.